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Make your own Herbed Vinegar!

app Baba Lula Ganoush

Wanna be fancy?  Wanna “look” fancy at your next get together?  Pick your vinegar:  Apple Cider, White, Wine, or Rice …let’s stop there and keep it simple.  Add 3 tablespoons fresh herb or mixture of herbs of your choice (mix a couple and make it a “house” vinegar”) for every quart of vinegar.

Don’t use ground herbs or spices because the vinegar will get cloudy.  Store it at room temperature, with a lid on, making sure your herbs are covered in the vinegar.  It will be ready in 24 hours, and after you use some, you can top it off again with the same original vinegar.  Just make sure your herbs stay covered.  If you’d like, you can remove the herbs after a couple of days.  Lula’s for Lunch…and More! Catering uses our Tarragon Vinegar to make pickles that we put in several recipes ( see pic of our Baba Lula Ganoush garnished with them!)

Vinegar is a preservative, but it does have its limits.  The word itself is derived from the French “vin aigre” meaning  “sour wine”.  Don’t use more than around 3 tablespoons of your herb mix per quart because too much foreign “matter” can result in food poisoning.  Happy Creating!

Peter Piper Picked a Peck of WHAT?!?

Banderillas

Pickled ANYTHING!!  Tis the season for pickling – originated thousands of years ago and still used as a means of preserving the fresh bounty of summer.  You can seriously pickle and can a wealth of summer selections including okra (YUCK says Lula; VERY strange considering I’m from South Carolina) and watermelon rind to  all varieties of peppers and everything in between such as  a delicacy beloved not only down south but also Europe, the Caribbean and Korea – PIGS FEET.  Though they’re not my favorite, I applaud nose to tail eating, showing respect for the animal that sustains us.

My husband loves to drain the pickle jar down his gullet when the pickles are finished.  He swears by the juice’s healing qualities.  I don’t disagree – especially considering that I drink apple cider vinegar every day!    So GET PICKLING – they’re good for you and will sustain you through the winter!  In the meantime, please enjoy this overexposed picture of Lula’s Smoked Trout Banderillas – assembled with our Tarragon Cucumber Pickles and Peppadews, along with Poached Peruvian Potatoes – how’s that for alliteration?!?