Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Mixed Citrus Vinegar

                                  Mixed citrus vinegar and vinaigrette

The funny thing about this vinegar, is that the finished product doesn't taste or smell like vinegar, just citrus juice.

Mixed Citrus Vinegar:
2 oranges- sliced- I prefer to use Minneola tangelos
1 lemon- sliced
1 lime- sliced
3 cups white vinegar
a large jar with a lid-I use a gallon pickle jar
A wine bottle to store the finished vinegar

This makes enough to fill a wine bottle.
Add the citrus slices and vinegar to the jar. Place the lid and put it in a dark cool place.
Allow to rest several days- up to 2 weeks.
The vinegar will mellow a bit as it steeps, but you can use a milder vinegar such as rice or white wine vinegar. both are considerably more expensive.

 No need to shake or stir.

 Strain and discard the fruit. If you press the fruit, your vinegar will become cloudy. You will still have a bit of sediment floating in the vinegar, which can be removed by pouring it through a cheesecloth a few times.
Pour it into a wine bottle.

                                     Mixed Citrus Vinegar steeping.

For the vinaigrette:
This makes enough for 2 servings of salad.
4Tbl. mixed citrus vinegar
1/2tsp. poppy seeds
3Tbl. salad oil

Place all ingredients in a blender. Mix on high speed for 5 minutes to allow the oil to blend.Serve.

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