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 These little gifts will show not only your appreciation to a friend, but also your good taste. Put together in a very short time, they are inexpensive, fast to make and oh so useful.  The flavored vinegars make salad something special.

Treat a favorite friend to a basket full of them at a cost that stays below twenty dollars.

Fresh Dill Vinegar

  • 8 sprigs fresh dill
  • 4 cups (1 quart) white vinegar

Wash the dill and then place dill in sterilized quart jar. Heat vinegar to just below boiling point (190 F); pour over dill. Cap tightly and allow to stand in cool, dark place for three to four weeks. Strain vinegar, discarding dill. Pour vinegar into clean sterilized bottles with tight fitting covers. Add a fresh sprig of cleaned and sanitized dill, if desired. Store in the refrigerator. Makes 1 quart.

Herbal Vinegar

  • 4 cups red wine vinegar
  • 8 sprigs fresh parsley
  • 2 teaspoons thyme leaves
  • 1 teaspoon rosemary leaves
  • 1 teaspoon sage leaves

Thoroughly wash herbs.. Rinse thoroughly under cool running water and pat dry. Place herbs in sterilized quart jar. Heat vinegar to just below boiling point (190 F); pour over herbs. Cap tightly and allow to stand in cool, dark place for three to four weeks, shaking occasionally. Strain out herbs. Pour vinegar into clean sterilized bottles with tight fitting covers. Add a fresh sprig of cleaned and sanitized parsley, if desired. Store in the refrigerator. Makes 1 quart.

Raspberry Vinegar

  • 2 cups raspberries
  • 2 cups white or wine vinegar

Wash 2 cups fresh raspberries in clean water. Bruise raspberries lightly and place in sterilized quart jar. Heat vinegar to just below boiling (190 F). Pour over raspberries in jar and cap tightly. Allow to stand two to three weeks in cool, dark place. Strain vinegar, discarding fruit. Pour vinegar into a clean sterilized jar. Seal tightly and store in the refrigerator. Makes 1 quart.

Exotic Spice Blends

Blend  these little lovlies to your own  taste and when placed in a very attractive bottle, topped with a screw on lid or a cork you can add a small raffia tag that lists the ingredients for those you are giving them to.
* Italian: dried basil, parsley, oregano and rosemary
* Mexican: ground cumin, mild chili powder, onion powder, garlic powder and paprika
* Cajun Rub: paprika, garlic salt, cayenne pepper and sage

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