Ever had left over champagne after a party and felt just a little bit ashamed of yourself for pouring it down the drain? Well you should, because champagne is too delicious to waste! If you'd like a better alternative, try this super easy way to make your own champagne vinegar at home! This is so simple you'll smack yourself upside your head and say "Oh snap! Why haven't I thought of that?" Trust me, you'll say it just like that.
Step 1: Ingredients and Tools
- A bottle of champagne (or half a bottle or whatever you have left)
- An empty jar (make sure it can fit all of the champagne you plan to use)
- A cheese cloth or coffee filter (cheese cloth is preferable)
- A rubber band
Step 2: Pour Your Champagne and Seal It!
- Pour your champagne int your empty jar.
- Cover the top of your jar with your cheese cloth or coffee filter
- Keep your cheese cloth/coffee filter tight by placing your rubber band around it.
- Store it in a cool, dry, dark area.
Step 3: Wait for It...
Now you must let it sit in a cool, dry, dark, place for up to six months. Make sure you check on it occasionally to see if its ready. That's it! Simple, yes?
Tips & Explanations
Why not just cover the jar with a lid?
You want your champagne to be exposed to oxygen. This speeds up the oxidation process more than if you kept an airtight lid on it.
So if I want more oxygen should I just not put anything over the top of my jar at all?
That's not such a good idea. The purpose of the filter is to keep dust and bacteria out. Without any form of cover, you will end up with a jar of mold.
How will I know when it's ready?
When your jar smells like vinegar, silly!