Red Wine Vinegar

The ideal rule of thumb is to finish a bottle of red wine the same night it is opened.  The general rule of another thumb is to finish the bottle within a couple days of opening.  I am not much of a drinker, so more often than not I’ll find myself with a bottle of wine that just can’t be finish before it starts to go bad.  Most times I’ll then use it to cook, as it is perfect for adding a little punch of flavor to a dish.
Another way to utilize leftover red wine is to make your own vinegar.  It’s simple: just leave it out, forget about it, andvoilà!  If you use a good wine to begin with, the resulting vinegar will be better than any store-bought version you’ll find on the supermarket shelf!

You will need
– red wine
– glass container (jar or drinking glass)
– cheesecloth
– rubberband
– glass bottle, with air-tight cap

1.  Pour the red wine into the glass jar, then cover the opening with a double layer of cheesecloth, and secure with the rubberband.
2.  Leave the jar out at room temperature in a cool, shaded spot.  Leave it out for 2 – 3 weeks.
3.  After wine turns to vinegar, transfer to the glass bottle.
4.  Wasn’t that easy?  Now go cook!

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