We found it easy – making homemade wine vinegar from left over wine.
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I know it sounds unbelievable, but we often have wine leftover. We also have a difficult time finding a decent wine vinegar, so we had the idea of making it out of the leftover wine. After all, how hard can it be?
MAKING HOMEMADE WINE VINEGAR
Actually, it turned out to be really easy! All you need is a live vinegar “mother”, add it to the wine in a wide mouth jar and put a cheese cloth over the top so mom can breath. Put it in a dark place, and wait a couple of months. Then filter, bottle and refrigerate it when it’s ready. That’s it. (note: The mother came from a couple of tablespoons of Bragg apple cider vinegar that has a live mother.)
Tip: We also wanted to keep track of the identity of the wine we made it from, so I made these cute little tags by taking a picture of the wine label and then printing it to put on the tag – perfect! Cute enough to be gifts.
HOW MAKING HOMEMADE THIS FITS IN WITH OUR PLAN TO EAT BETTER
We use vinegar for making vinaigrette for salads for use on all kinds of vegetables. Half of our days are vegetarian, so vinegar is one of the pantry staples. Eating vegetables that are farmed sustainably helped us lower our carbon footprint – we cut our carbon footprint in half and are helping to control climate change.
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