The Filoli Gentlemen's Orchard Vinegar
Author: Yvonne Cornell
  • 5-6 sprigs of fresh thyme
  • 2-3 ‘berggarten’ sage leaves
  • ½ teaspoon mixed peppercorns
  • 1 slender cinnamon stick
  • 2-3 whole cloves
  • 2-3 cardamom pods
  • scant ½ teaspoon allspice
  • apple cider vinegar of choice
  1. Wash thyme and sage in 1 tablespoon unscented bleach mixed into gallon water to kill any bacteria.
  2. Lay out one herb bundle per bottle using thyme sprigs and sage.
  3. Spoon peppercorns into each sterilized bottle through a funnel.
  4. Drop cinnamon sticks, cloves and allspice into each bottle.
  5. Wrap sage leaves around thyme and twist the bundle into neck of bottle using a plastic chopstick
  6. to force the remainder.
  7. Use the funnel to pour in enough apple cider vinegar to fill to the top.
  8. Let the herbs and spices infuse for two weeks before using vinegar.
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