What to do with leftover wine? Make it vinegar

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Had dinner? Everyone knows that sight of an empty table full of glasses with leftover wine. And although you can also freeze them very easily (also a good tip!), we recently discovered that you can also make your own vinegar from leftover wine. Yes, you read correctly.

Why on earth would you bother with that when you can also buy ready-made wine vinegar? Because there is already enough food waste, first of all (and wine is just such a beautiful product!). But also because homemade things often have a more interesting taste. And because we don’t shy away from culinary experiments from time to time, being purebred Culys.

Making vinegar from leftover wine

Convinced? You might suspect that making vinegar is a laborious process, but in fact time is the most important factor. In principle, it is mainly nature that does its work here: by leaving wine in a closed glass jar in a quiet corner of your house, it will naturally ferment into vinegar .

It doesn’t matter which wine you use, as long as you use enough wine (that is, at least a full bottle). It is also useful to add some hydrogen peroxide and a little bit of ‘mother vinegar’ in addition to water; the latter speeds up the fermentation process. And if you happen to have scoby from your kombucha, you can also use this. Put all this in a clean glass jar, cover with a clean cheesecloth and put it in a relatively warm part of your house.

And then?

Other than that, it’s just a matter of patience: at least a month to be exact. Then the testing can begin. Is the taste not quite as it should be? Then let the vinegar sit for a few more weeks and then taste again, and again.

Be aware of the fact that a good acid balance takes time. So don’t be discouraged if your homemade vinegar doesn’t taste the way you expect right away. Fermentation is not just a matter of experimentation, it is also quite normal for one batch to turn out better than another.

Would you rather read the method and the exact quantities of the ingredients step by step? Epicurious has the basic recipe for homemade leftover wine vinegar.

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