This oregano vinegar is made with dried or fresh garden herbs, and is an herbal infused vinegar that's perfect for homemade vinaigrettes.
1 tablespoon dried oregano or
½ cup fresh oregano
and/or oregano blossoms.
Make sure the dried herbs are fragrant before using.
1 cup white wine vinegar OR champagne vinegar.
If using oregano blossoms: Clean the flowers by dipping them into a bowl of water, and set aside to dry.
If using fresh oregano: Rinse the oregano and set aside to dry.
Heat the vinegar until it's warm. Do not bring it to a boil. Turn off the heat.
For dried oregano: Stir the oregano into the vinegar.
For fresh oregano: Add the oregano to a clean glass jar, and muddle with a cocktail muddler or the back of a wooden spoon. Pour the vinegar over the flowers into the jar until the jar is almost full. (The amount of vinegar listed is approximate; you may need slightly more or less.)
Allow the herbs to steep covered for at least 10 minutes.
Strain out and discard (or compost) the oregano.
Store at room temperature for up to 3 months or in the fridge for 6-8 months.
Alternative Cold Infusion Method:
- If you prefer, you can skip heating the vinegar and do a longer cold-infusion.
- Add the oregano and vinegar to a clean glass jar. If using fresh oregano, top with a clean citrus peel to hold the herbs below the liquid.
- Store for 1-5 weeks out of direct sunlight, or until you like the flavor.
- I recommend using white wine or champagne vinegar.
- If all you have on hand is apple cider vinegar, it will work, but the flavor of the oregano will be less distinctive (because ACV has a strong flavor).
- If you use rice vinegar or homemade fruit vinegar, the cold-infusion method listed above is not safe to do at room temperature (if using fresh oregano), because rice vinegar is less acidic than other vinegars. (The fresh herbs further lower the acidity level. Commercially dried herbs should work just fine.)
- Avoid using white distilled vinegar, because it’s too astringent-tasting.
Calories 6, Carbs 1 grams, Protein 1 grams, Fat 1 grams, Sodium 2 milligrams, Sugar 1 grams