Last week I was making dinner for some friends and the recipe called for a healthy splash of red wine vinegar, which of course I did not have in my cupboard. On my quick trip downstairs and across the street to the store I started wondering what was actually involved in making vinegar, and why I hadn’t made it before. When it comes to wine, the open treat is
always “if you leave it too long it will turn to vinegar!”, but is that really all that is involved?
As it turns out, yes!
What You’ll Need
- Leftover wine
- A jar with a lid or a stopper
- About 3 months waiting time
How To Make Vinegar
Simply pour the wine into a jar. Keep it partially covered with a lid or stopper, or cover it with cheesecloth and a rubber band to keep it in place. Leave the jar out in a warm place and let it sit there undisturbed for a couple of months. Check back now and then to see how it’s going — you’ll be able to smell it when it’s done. And, if you leave a little bit in the jar and top it off with more wine, you’ll have vinegar again in about one week.
I have started batches red and white wine vinegar – now, just like great wine, all that is needed is some time…