Saturday, August 30, 2014

Basil vinegar

First step in preservation day: Clean off the stove!

The Indoor Electric Grill lives full-time on our stove-top, so the first step was to take it off. Which meant cleaning it out! A job worthy of Mike Rowe.
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Toffee helps.
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The next step is to collect the basil. No photos of the garden - TOO scary. I naively went out with my Classico pasta jar to fill it. HA! I cut maybe three quarters of our basil flowers and that filled the jar and the rest was all I could hold.
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Washed and drying a bit.
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I'm using a balsamic white vinegar from Trader Joe's for steeping.
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Shockingly, I had just the right amount of basil flowers. Stripped stems and leaves are left over.
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It already tastes lovely ~ once it cools, it steeps in the pantry for a week before tasting again. I do need to find clear glass bottles I can seal it up in. I see plenty of other herb vinegars in my future.

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