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from Yardley, PA MMMMM----- Recipe via Meal-Master (tm) v8.01 Title: Flavoured Vinegars Categories: French, Condiment, Ceideburg 2 Yield: 1 servings MMMMM---------------------FLAVOURED VINEGAR-------------------------- MMMMM----------------FOR EACH 1 LITRE WINE BOTTLE--------------------- 1 l (1 3/4 pints) plain wine -vinegar 4 Or 5 shallots, peeled and -slightly crushed, threaded -on fine string or 4 Cloves garlic, peeled and -slightly crushed or 2 tb Mustard seed or 1 Long leafy branch tarragon -twice the length of the -bottle Flavoured wine vinegar has been an important ingredient in French cooking since medieval times when vinegar was essential in order to keep meat edible in warm weather. In the 13th century, street vendors were granted the right to cry their wares in the thoroughfares of Paris. These cries soon became famous, and the vinegar sellers even rolled their casks through the narrow streets crying 'Garlic and mustard vinegars, herb vinegar... ' 'Vinaigres, bons et biaux.' They also sold verjus, the sieved juice of unripe grapes which serves to sharpen the flavour of many cooked dishes in the same way that vinegar does. It is still used in some country places and provides a means of using up green grapes unfit for any other purpose. All farm kitchens have an earthenware vinegar barrel. It constitutes another of the many country economies. After the grape harvest, a certain quantity of either red or white wine is reserved and poured into the barrel over a liquid fungus or mere de vinaigre which turns it into vinegar. The quantity drawn off each day is replaced by emptying the remains of the wine bottles into the barrel. When herbs are most pungent, just before flowering, they are cut and used to aromatize some of the vinegar drawn off. It is then bottled and used for flavouring. Owning a vinegar barrel is a privilege of which few English kitchens can boast but plain wine vinegar sold in the multiple chemists' shops can be used effectively with home-grown herbs to produce fine vinegar at much less cost than that prepared commercially. FLAVOURED VINEGAR: Collect the number of bottles necessary, with sound corks to fit. Wash the bottles in hot soapy water, rinse first in very hot water then in cold, drain, dry and heat in a slow oven. Scald the corks in boiling water. Pour the vinegar into an enamel-lined or stainless steel pan and over a low temperature bring slowly to blood heat. It should be quite warm to the touch of a knuckle joint, no more. Add shallots, garlic, mustard seed or tarragon to the warm bottles. (If using tarragon, this should be bent double and pushed down the neck of the bottle.) Fill up with warm vinegar, cork down tightly, and place on a sunny window sill to mature for 6 weeks before use. From "The French Farmhouse Kitchen", Eileen Reece, Exeter Books, 1984. ISBN 0-671-06542-4 Posted by Stephen Ceideberg; May 13 1993.

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MMMMM----- Recipe via
Meal-Master (tm) v8.01

Title: Flavoured Vinegars
Categories: French,
Condiment, Ceideburg 2
Yield: 1 servings

MMMMM---------------------FLAVOURED
VINEGAR--------------------------

MMMMM----------------FOR EACH 1 LITRE
WINE BOTTLE---------------------
1 l (1 3/4 pints) plain
wine
-
vinegar
4 Or 5 shallots, peeled and
-slightly crushed, threaded
-on fine string or
4 Cloves
garlic, peeled and
-slightly crushed or
2 tb
Mustard
seed or
1
Long leafy branch tarragon
-twice the
length of the
-
bottle

Flavoured
wine vinegar has been an important ingredient in French
cooking since medieval times when
vinegar was essential in order to
keep meat edible in warm weather.

In the 13th century, street vendors were granted the right to cry
their wares in the thoroughfares of Paris. These cries soon became
famous, and the
vinegar sellers even rolled their casks through the
narrow streets crying '
Garlic and mustard vinegars, herb
vinegar... '

'Vinaigres, bons et biaux.'

They also sold verjus, the sieved juice of unripe
grapes which serves
to sharpen the flavour of many
cooked dishes in the same way that
vinegar does. It is still used in some country places and provides a
means of using up
green grapes unfit for any other purpose.

All farm kitchens have an
earthenware vinegar barrel. It constitutes
another of the many country economies. After the
grape harvest, a
certain quantity of either red or
white
wine is reserved and poured
into the
barrel over a liquid fungus or mere de vinaigre which turns
it into
vinegar. The quantity drawn off each day is replaced by
emptying the remains of the
wine bottles into the barrel.

When
herbs are most pungent, just before flowering, they are cut and
used to aromatize some of the
vinegar drawn off. It is then bottled
and used for flavouring.

Owning a
vinegar barrel is a privilege of which few English kitchens
can boast but plain
wine vinegar sold in the multiple chemists' shops
can be used effectively with home-grown
herbs to produce fine vinegar
at much less cost than that prepared commercially.

FLAVOURED
VINEGAR:

Collect the number of bottles necessary, with
sound corks to fit.
Wash the bottles in
hot soapy water, rinse first in very hot water
then in cold,
drain,
dry and heat in a slow oven. Scald the corks in
boiling water.

Pour the
vinegar into an enamel-lined or stainless steel pan and over
a low
temperature bring slowly to blood heat. It should be quite
warm to the touch of a knuckle joint, no more. Add shallots,
garlic,
mustard
seed or tarragon to the warm bottles. (If using tarragon,
this should be bent double and pushed down the neck of the
bottle.)
Fill up with warm
vinegar, cork down tightly, and place on a sunny
window sill to mature for 6 weeks before use.

From "The French Farmhouse Kitchen", Eileen Reece, Exeter Books,
1984. ISBN 0-671-06542-4

Posted by Stephen Ceideberg; May 13 1993.



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