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Making sous vide infused vinegars at home is quick and easy. I usually cook them at between 130°F to 160°F (55°C to 71°C) for 1 to 3 hours and they turn out great almost every time.
Infused vinegars are a great way to add subtle flavors to vinaigrettes and sauces. Several infused vinegars are available in stores but they are often much more expensive than their plain counterparts. Making your own at home is quick and easy, plus much less expensive.
Any type of vinegar can be infused but I tend to shy away from the plain "white vinegar" because it can be harsh and very hard to mellow out. My favorite vinegars to make are white wine vinegar infusions, apple cider vinegar infusion, rice wine vinegar, and infused white balsamic vinegar.
Occasionally I'll use darker vinegars such as red wine or infused balsamic vinegar, but you want to make sure the flavoring agents complement the base flavors of those vinegars.
I usually use my infused vinegars in vinaigrettes for salads or as a sauce on fish. They can also be used to make shrubs, tasty vinegar based drinks. The flavor of ceviches can also be increased through the addition of infused vinegars.
For more modernist dishes they can also be turned into airs or other light foams. And I love to give infusions as gifts.
The infusion processes doesn't generally affect the storage time of the vinegar so most vinegar infusions will last for several months in a dark cabinet. The flavor will fade over time though.
Making infused vinegars is simply a matter of following the standard sous vide infusion process.
Seal the vinegar with any of the flavoring agents in a sous vide bag or Mason jar. Seal it and place in a water bath set to 130°F to 160°F (55°C to 71°C). Let it cook for 1 to 3 hours.
Remove it from the water bath and let the sous vide infused vinegar cool on the counter for about 10 minutes, and then chill it in cold water or an ice bath.
You can then strain the vinegar and use as desired!
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