When the guests left New Year's brunch on Tuesday and I began cleaning up, I found half a bottle of Champagne left on the counter. Exhausted and ready to put my feet up, the bottle went into the refrigerator and was soon forgotten. Now, with half a flat bottle on my hands, I've started brainstorming uses for it in cooking or baking. But you know what idea I like best? Doing almost nothing...
...and making vinegar. Making vinegar from leftover wine, Champagne, or sparkling wine is unbelievably easy. Simply pour the liquid into a well-washed mason jar (or other wide-mouthed vessel like a crock) and cover with a couple of layers of cheesecloth (to prevent dust or bugs from getting into it. Then, just store it in a cool, dark place for a month to six months. Taste it periodically to determine when it has turned to vinegar then transfer it to a bottle with a stopper and store in the pantry.
Voila! Champagne (or wine) vinegar that you'd pay a lot for at the store made easily from leftovers that could have gone to waste!
Have you made your own wine vinegar before? Please share your stories and secrets below!