July 1, 2013

Is Your Herb Garden Overflowing? Try Homemade Tarragon Vinegar

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Homemade Tarragon Vinegar



I have been recruited into making dinner for the 4th of July. Normally I plan far ahead, this year is a little different. The 4th of July is my mother-in-laws birthday and I honestly forgot that it was already July this week. This summer seems to be flying by. So I spent yesterday afternoon brainstorming and finding recipes. My husband spent his time going to the store to find supplies to fix the rust on his big charcoal grill. Hopefully I don't end up having to finish his project, he has a habit of starting projects and then I end up finishing them. That's why I have a fall back plan of making ribs in the slow cooker, so even if the grill doesn't work out we still will have a delicious meal. My kids are more excited about the baked beans and macaroni and cheese for sides. They are big fans of southern comfort foods. In preparation for all the cooking I am doing this week I spent last week doing a little prep work. In preparation for making potatoes and potato salad I made homemade Tarragon Vinegar from Taste of Home.

This recipe has two ingredients. It takes 10 minutes of total time, all of which is active and makes 32 servings. I made this recipe exactly as written. The only difference I did was to use an old wine bottle for the vinegar. I let the bottle sterilize in a water bath for 10 minutes and then made the vinegar. In order for the vinegar to pour easily I topped the wine bottle with a vinegar spout.

 I love having homemade vinegars on hand. They are great for adding flavor to potato salad, roasted veggies or any recipe calling for savory vinegar. This recipe with only two ingredients is beyond easy. The flavor turned out great and will make delicious potato salad later in the week.

For the recipe go to Tarragon Vinegar.

32 comments:

  1. Happy 4th of July holiday to you. We have decided to keep low-key this holiday season.

    Cheers to firing up the grill! Vinegars that are infused with herbs are delightful. Thanks for the reminder.

    Velva

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    1. Thanks :) I love infused vinegars too, the flavor is great!

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  2. Happy 4th of July~ I love tarragon vinegar! Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines

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  3. I love making my own foods - thanks for sharing!

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    1. I do too, it's much healthier and a great way to save money!

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  4. This is so pretty. Unfortunately, my only and tiny tarragon plant is dying on me. Yeah, my "brown thumb" is acting up again. I might get another plant just to make this oil. I can imagine the flavor must be wonderful.

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    1. Thanks :) I have been lucky that my new herb garden is doing great. We have had a lot of rain, which has helped a lot.

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    2. The flavor really is great! I'm sorry that your tarragon is having trouble :)

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  5. Oh..this is so good! Happy 4th of July!

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    1. Thanks :) I hope your having a great 4th!

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  6. I actually just invited myself & my family to my parents house for the 4th. We didn't have any eating plans, so I called my mom the other day and suggested that they host a BBQ - and she actually agreed. Yay.

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    1. If my in-laws or dad lived closer I would invite myself too :) They live really far away though, so my house is normally the hosting spot!

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  7. I've never tried making my own vinegar before, but it sounds awesome! I do have lots of herbs right now so I should give it a try. Hope you have a good 4th of July and that it's not too stressful!

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    1. It's a great way to use extra herbs!

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  8. I don't have a homemade garden and have always bought my vinegar in store. BTW that ribs sounds delicious. You need to put your recipe of that on here as well. I've been having fun trying some of your recipes. Just love, love, LOVE your food. :)

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    1. You're so sweet :) Don't worry I will have the recipes for my 4th of July food up sometime next week!

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  9. Can you do this with basil? I don't have any Tarragon and as usually your pictures are exquisite.

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    1. I haven't tried it with basil. I have made vinegar with sage and tarragon. I would think that basil would work, but I haven't tried it myself :)

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  10. This would make a lovely hostess gift too! Cute idea to use old wine bottles. Going to give homemade vinegars a try. Great idea - thanks for posting!

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    1. I try to recycle as many things as I can, so re-using the wine bottle is one way to do it :) I agree that it would make a great hostess gift!

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  11. Nice. I love rosemary and Taragon. Can't wait to try it. Plus love that it is so simple.

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    1. I'm a fan of both of them also. They have such great flavor! It definitely is simple, only two ingredients :)

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  12. I wish my herbs were thriving! It's cold and dry here at the moment. Your Vinegar looks amazing :-) Cheers, Alison

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    1. Thanks :) I have been lucky with my herbs this year!

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  13. ;0)...have you ever made vinegar using the purple tops og chives/scallions? If you use white vinegar, it turns a lovely purple color and has a lovely onion taste!

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    1. I haven't, but that sounds like a great idea!

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  14. Sounds great for salads too. Hope you had a good July 4th. I am sure whatever you prepared was delish!

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    1. I made southern soul food and it turned out great, thanks :)

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