Good cooks understand the importance of acid in cooking, how it adds brightness and balance and can make flavors 'pop.' Sometimes all it takes is a simple squeeze of lemon or a splash of vinegar to move a dish from pretty good to spectacular, so having a few great vinegars on hand is an essential pantry item. This recipe for maple vinegar, made with four simple ingredients, produces a unique, nuanced vinegar that will work drizzled on everything from roasted butternut squash to ice cream. Seriously good stuff.
DIY holiday gift makers take note: you may want to start this one soon!