By simply soaking your favorite herbs in vinegar, you can make a very convenient and delicious herb vinegar.
How to Use Fresh Herbs?
One of the nice things about Finland is that you can easily buy fresh herbs at the supermarket. You can buy herbs grown in small pots for less than 2euro each. The problem is that it is hard to use them all. Since they have roots, you can plant them in the soil and grow them, but the herbs that have not been thinned out are quite weak and some types of herbs will die soon.
Tasty Vinegar is Expensive
In Finland, you can buy white vinegar for pickles cheaply. But it is 10% concentrated and smells very strong. If you want to buy fancy wine vinegar or apple vinegar, it is quite expensive.
To begin with, the difference between white vinegar and wine vinegar is the smell. Brewed white vinegar has mainly the smell of acetic acid, and that’s quite strong. On the other hand, wine vinegar and apple vinegar have a variety of other aromas mixed in. Thanks to this aroma, these vinegars can be used as a dressing for salads.
If so, why not add flavor to cheap white vinegar as well? That’s why I tried this herbal vinegar. As it turns out, it is very useful. It can be used as a side dish just by mixing it with chopped vegetables. It is healthy and low salt. If you change the type of herbs, the atmosphere will change drastically. We always have two or three kinds of herb vinegar on hand.
Great for Low Salt
If you have leftover fresh herbs, try it out. You won’t want to be without it.
Useful Herb Vinegar & Spice Vinegar with Fresh Herbs
- Vinegar (see below)
- Fresh herbs (see below)
- Spices (see below)
- Put fresh herbs and vinegar in a glass jar.
- Leave at room temperature for 3 days to a week.
- Store in the refrigerator until ready to use, about 2 weeks.
- Use a simple vinegar to bring out the flavor of the herbs. I use Finnish white vinegar. An inexpensive one will do.
- Use fresh herbs. For every 300mL of vinegar, use 2-3 bunches of basil, rosemary, or dill, and 5-6 bunches of thyme for a strong aroma. Thyme will turn the vinegar pink.
- 1 teaspoon of whole black pepper per 300 mL of vinegar will give a nice aroma. The more black pepper you add, the pinker the vinegar will be.
- An easy way to use this is to combine several herbs & spices.
- Rosemary, thyme and black pepper is a classic combination. Other combinations are thyme and dill, basil and black pepper, etc. The combinations are endless.