Monday, October 26, 2009

Make Some Herbal Vinegar Quick!

I got a head start!  I made mine 13 days ago.  It should be ready tomorrow!  This is a savory/basil/garlic vinegar.  I got the recipe from Herbal Treasures by Phyllis V. Shaudys.  It is one (I have many) favorite herb books.  It is a compilation of articles and recipes from herbie people all over the country.  These vinegar recipes are from Alma Otto.  The one in the picture is a 1/2 cup summer savory or tender sprigs of winter savory, a 1/4 cup basil leaves, 2 small cloves garlic and 1 quart of red-wine vinegar.  I also made a couple of quarts of burnet/garlic/chives vinegar with equal parts (I used a cup of each) of salad burnet and chives and a couple cloves of garlic and a quart of white wine vinegar.  Here is the leaves of the salad burnet.  It is a very lovely plant.   Salad burnet has a cucumber flavor to the leaves.

Here is the salad burnet in my herb garden.  It is a very pretty plant.  It is a short lived perennial in my garden.  The main reason why I make certain herbal vinegars is that I have GERD (reflux disease).  I can't easily eat cucumber or pepper.  I can take the taste of the herbal vinegars I make and use them in stews and salad dressings.  It is much easier for me to digest this way because I can limit the amount I ingest.  Hopefully, it isn't too late for you to make your own herbal vinegar!


comfrey cottages said...

i love salad burnet! doesn't give me the "burps" like cucumber does!lol i love your mixtures of herbs for your vinegards:) i have that book also, and it is so fun to grab inspirations from:) thanks for sharing nancy:)

lemonverbenalady said...

You know, Leslie, I have a little less than a ton of books LOL, but I always seem to find a really good recipe in that particular book! Thanks as always for stopping by. Gotta go make rosemary garlic jelly. Talk to you later.