Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Linderhof's Tarragon Vinegar

French tarragon grows in the garden at Linderhof -- one of our favorite herbs -- snippets are often used in chicken dishes and almost always in chicken salads.
But we have another use for tarragon as well -- in vinegar to make winter salads taste better.
We first start with a good white wine vinegar -- which we make ourselves. The vinegar crocks -- one red and one white sit on the windowsill. Into the jars go those dips and dregs of wine left in a bottle and if a guest leaves a half empty glass -- into the crock that goes as well.

The red we use as is but we like to take the white wine vinegar, add tarragon from the herb garden and steep.
Some great old French bottles make the perfect bottle for steeping. A couple of nice handfuls of tarragon into each bottle, then fill to the top with vinegar.
I put it in a sunny windowsill to steep for a few weeks before we put it into the pantry to store for winter salads.
I love the summer kitchen with herbs in a jar on the windowsill and herbs in bottles of vinegar steeping.

Sometimes we give a bottle as a gift and if we do, we take out the original herbs and put a couple of sprigs of fresh tarragon in. It makes for a nicer presentation, I think.


Schnitzel and the Trout said...

You have to comment on those vinegar crocks. Where did you ever find them? Your beautiful bottles of tarragon vinegar would be lovely gifts. Could you explain how long the wine sits in the crocks until it is vinegar? Thanks.

Kathleen said...

The photo of the bottles in the window is lovely.

Sam Hoffer / My Carolina Kitchen said...

Anyone that receives this as a gift should consider themselves blessed. What a wonderful treat and they're gorgeous too. I agree - tarragon is one of my favorite herbs and it's great in chicken salad.

Carrie said...

How lovely to make use of herbs which beautify the garden. The bottles look great on the window sill!

Bill said...

Hi Martha,
This sounds really wonderful, and I just saw your lemon blueberry cake recipe ... Oh MY ... I want a piece of yours ... but you said only crumbs were left ... so I'll plan on making one asap!

Thank you for the kind comment you left for me. Always a great pleasure to hear from you!


Deanna said...

Like your bottles of tarragon vinegar!

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