Do you have a lot of wine left over from the holidays? Too much to keep as cooking wine? Make your own wine vinegar! Hard core foodies will probably make their own vinegar from scratch (or when loosing a batch of home made wine), but here’s the quick version. I’m not sure why I hadn’t thought of putting old wine to good use this way before, especially with all the posts about it around the internet.
Pour the wine into a wide-mouthed carafe or jar, cover with cloth and a rubber band. Let it sit for a few weeks in the corner of the counter or in a cupboard and occasionally rotate it gently to aerate it. When it smells and tastes like vinegar (ours took about 5 weeks), seal it up and tuck it away for cooking. The higher the alcohol content, the longer it will take. Not pictured is a small batch of white wine vinegar.