Red Wine Vinegar
Once you make your own vinegar, you'll always want to keep a crock culturing on your counter. It's super easy to make and red wine vinegar has many health benefits. One study on healthy adults found that daily consumption of red wine vinegar was linked to lower blood sugar (blood glucose) levels. Other studies have shown that vinegar is effective at reducing blood sugar spikes and improving insulin sensitivity in people with type 2 diabetes.
Servings: 6 cups
- 1-1/2 cups red wine vinegar with the "Mother"
- 4-1/2 cups red wine – any red wine will work or a combination of bottles
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- Place the red wine vinegar with the "Mother" and the wine in a crock or jar. Make sure the crock does not have lead-based paint and is food grade. It should hold at least six cups with enough extra room for air circulation.
- Cover the opening with a cloth or cotton tea towel. Place in a warm spot (68 to 70° F) for one to two months. Check it occasionally and sniff it. It will gradually take on a distinct vinegar smell and you will notice a slight film on the top.
- When the mixture tastes and smells like vinegar, pour off all but 1½ of the vinegar saving some to make more vinegar if you'd like. Place vinegar in airtight bottles.
- With the rest of the vinegar which now has the mother culture, add 4 ½ more cups of red wine and start the process again. The process may take less time since you have a stronger culture, so check it often. Mine has been done as soon as two weeks. You can also bottle all of it if you don't want to make more vinegar.
- Once it’s bottled, you can store your vinegar wherever you like. It is shelf-stable and will last for 1-2 years. Over time, the flavor and acidity will mellow out. But it’s so good, you probably won’t be able to keep it around for long!