You can grow your own herbs or use bundles of herbs from your local grocery store (be sure they are organicly grown if possible). I have done both, and the results have been wonderful. Last year I gave gifts baskets with homemade treats, herbal vinegars and recipes. They were a big success!
Basil, thyme and oregano
nasturiums, garlic clove and chives-turns a wonderful color!
lemon balm, nasturtium and dill
peppercorns, basil and nasturtiums blooms cilantro, chives, a
dried pepper, garlic-spicy!
thyme or basil by themselves
equal amounts of sage, thyme and basil, plus one sprig rosemary
Use your imagination!
Once you create your own,you will think of different combinations to experiment with. Each one is unique in taste, and you will find different uses. Dill is one herb you need to use sparingly because it is so strong
Supplies and Ingredients
clean glass or plastic jar with lid while distilled vinegar, cider or wine vinegar your selection of herbs
The vinegar selection is highly debated among herb growers. Some will only use wine vinegar. Because of my frugal nature I tend to go with white, and I love the outcome. I find cider is too strong, except when using a variety of herbs, garlic and stronger flavors.
Rinse and pat dry your herbs, gently stuff them in the jar up to the top. Pour your vinegar over the herbs, filling to the very top. Place the lid on tight, and set on your windowsill for approximately 4 weeks. Shake gently once a day as you pass by the windowsill. After a month, strain out the herbs and place in your cupboard until you need it!
Using Herbal Vinegar
Now what do you do with your vinegar? Here are some suggestions!
Replace the plain vinegar in most savory recipes-especially dressings and marinades.
Use 1/2 water, and 1/2 vinegar to baste your meat as you grill it.
Drizzle over a beef roast after placing in the crock pot (I place in baby carrots and potatoes also).
Comments and tips
Feel free to use the more expensive vinegar if your budget allows.
any glass or plastic jars that come across-dressing jars, pickle jars or anything that can be washed! Glass spagetti sauce, dressings or salsa jars work great. Later, for gifts, you may use nicer bottles.
Use raffia to tie a bow around your bottle, and attach a homemade gift tag. Raffia is inexpensive and available from most craft stores.
Please try the vinegar just once and you will be amazed at how easy it is. The herb vinegars are so expensive in the store, but creating your own will cost you almost nothing!