What do you get when you combine vinegar with a few ingredients? Infused vinegars that add flair to salads, soups and sauces. And they make great gifts, too! Just follow these easy steps.

  1. Select glass canning jars or bottles with lids. Clean and sterilize everything with hot water.
  2. Choose your ingredients and add to jars or bottles.Try fresh herbs, chile peppers or raspberries. White wine vinegar works best because it is clear and has a milder flavor, so you can see and better taste your infused ingredients.

  3. Heat 3–4 cups of vinegar (depending on how many jars/bottles you have to fill) in a pot to warm, not boiling. Pour warm vinegar over infusion ingredients, and screw on lids.

  4. Store jars/bottles in a cool, dark place for three to four weeks.

  5. Strain vinegar through a cheesecloth into another container; repeat as needed until all sediment is removed.

  6. Compost the infusion ingredients, or place a small amount in the jar for presentation. It’s best to use infused vinegar within five months.