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Flavored vinegars and oils are very popular and they make great gifts that you can make from your own kitchen. You can buy flavored vinegars and oils in the stores, however they can be expensive.  Instead of buying them, try to make your own version with a few simple ingredients.

Flavored vinegars and oils are a great kick to marinades and sauces.  If you grow your own herbs, then this is a great way to use up any excess before the growing season is over. 

To make a vinegar base you will need the following:

 1 small bunch of parsley
 1 teaspoon of peppercorns
 1/8 teaspoon of salt
 1 clove of garlic, peeled
 1 quart of your choice of vinegar: cider, white distilled, rice wine, white wine, or red wine

Place the parsley, garlic, salt and pepper in a 2-quart ceramic or glass bowl.  Bring the vinegar to a boil.  Pour the vinegar over the herbal mixture in the bowl.  Cover and let the mixture stand for two days.  Strain the mixture and decant into a sterilized bottle.  Add one to three sprigs of herbs of your choice.  Seal the bottle with a cork or lid.  Let stand for two more weeks before using.

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