Vinegar keeps well for about 4 months


  • 4 Bay leaves
  • 6 small dried hot red chiles
  • 4 large cloves garlic, peeled
  • red or white wine vinegar
  • 3- 3/1/2 cup bottle with a tight fitting screw top, stopper or cork


Poke into a bottle the bay leaves, chiles and garlic. Fill with vinegar. Leave an inch free at the top if you plan to insert a cork or stopper. Let the bottle stand undisturbed in a cool, dark place for at least 3 weeks so flavors can develop.

Makes about 3 1/2 cups

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Submitted 6/13/05.
Source: Gifts from your kitchen
Submitted By: Eileen Werth
Spicy Chile Vinegar