Homemade food gifts are always treasured for their thoughtfulness. We suggest giving this herb-infused vinegar to friends with a list of serving suggestions. Here are a few of our favorites: whisk with olive oil to make a dressing, drizzle on onions that are caramelizing in the pan or toss with sliced cucumbers and red onions for a simple pickle.
- 2 cups wine, rice, or cider vinegar
- 5 herb sprigs (such as oregano, rosemary, tarragon, or thyme) lightly crushed
- 1 small, whole fresh chiles (optional)
- 1 clove garlic (optional)
Put vinegar and 4 to 5 herb sprigs in a jar, seal with a tight-fitting lid, and set aside to let infuse until flavors blend, 5 to 6 days. Strain vinegar through a fine mesh sieve into a decorative bottle and add the additional herb sprig. Add a couple of chiles or garlic cloves, if you like. Tie on a hand-written card with serving suggestions around the neck of the bottle. Store in the refrigerator.
Per serving: About 2 Tablespoons, 5 calories (0 from fat), 0g total fat, 0g saturated fat, 0mg cholesterol, 0mg sodium, 1g carbohydrates (0g dietary fiber, 0g sugar), 0g protein.
Note: We've provided special diet and nutritional information for educational purposes. But remember - we're cooks, not doctors! You should follow the advice of your health-care provider. And since product formulations change, check product labels for the most recent ingredient information.
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