How to Make a Herbal Vinegar

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Herbal Vinegar is another one of my favourite ways to consume the benefits of herbs.
You may recall my love-affair with fire cider. Well, this is a much less pungent version of that.
Essentially, you do the same thing, but with any herb of your choice.

Besides drinking herbal infusions and decoctions, and of course, eating well, I find one of the best ways to get more minerals is to use herbal vinegar.

sage

How to Make Herbal Vinegar

Ingredients

Herbs of your choice

Apple Cider Vinegar

Method

  • Coarsely chop some fresh aromatic herbs such as sage, thyme, tarragon, oregano, rosemary, lavender, thyme and/or mint etc. Choose your own selection based on your culinary needs.
    Alternatively, choose any leaves, flowers, fruits, stalks or roots of your choosing (that are safe for consumption of course!).
  • Then, fill the jar well and close to the top. I like to use a swing top style jar from IKEA, a WECK jar, or a mason jar, but any jar will do. That is so long as you don’t allow the vinegar to come into contact with any metal as it will corrode. A plastic lid or a layer or two of wax paper held between the lid should work too.
  • Pour room-temperature vinegar into the jar until it is full.
  • Label the jar with the date and the contents.
  • Put your vinegar away somewhere that is far from direct sunlight. Your kitchen counter or a cupboard is fine, so long as you see it to remember it!
  • Personally, I like to give it a light swirl every day or two for the first week or so. Then leave it for 6 weeks.
  • After 6 weeks, strain out the herbs and decant your vinegar into your clean chosen vessel.
herbal vinegar

How to Use Herbal Vinegar

Use as you would use your apple cider vinegar.

  • drizzle over salads
  • Add to dressings
  • Mix through steamed/cooked veggies, beans or grains
  • Add to recipes requiring vinegar
  • Take it by the spoon or as a shot (like in my fire cider vinegar recipe)
  • mix with warm water, honey and lemon
  • use in place of vinegar in homemade condiments
  • add to soups, stews, curries or chillis
  • use in marinades for example with tofu or tempeh
  • and it can even be added to cocktails like a Bloody Mary for a dash of health-boosting goodness.
  • use as a hair rinse
  • use it for cleaning (especially if you made one that wasn’t quite the taste you were expecting!)

Emily Nöth

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