Herb Snips

from Susan's Collection of Herbal Lore

Thyme for Vinegar and basil and dill and garlic and...

Herbal vinegars are another easy summer-time project you and your children will enjoy together. Pick the herbs after the sun has dried the dew, wash and pat them dry, and strip the leaves off the stems. To make a quart of vinegar, place 2 cups loosely-packed herbs in a sterilized quart jar and bruise with a spoon. Fill the jar with room-temperature vinegar and cover tightly. Place in a dark cupboard and shake every couple of days. Check for flavor after 7-10 days; steep a little longer if you like. Strain into sterile bottles, cap, and label. Here are some flavorful combinations that will make your salads and veggies sing:

  • red wine and rosemary, sage, basil, bay, and two cloves of garlic

  • apple cider vinegar and garlic, thyme, basil, and a few whole cloves

  • white wine vinegar and cilantro, marjoram, bay, three cloves garlic, and 2 small hot peppers