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Asian Five-Spice Vinegar

Yield 1 cup

Ingredients

  • 1 cup rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon coriander seeds
  • 1 teaspoon whole cloves
  • 1 teaspoon broken star anise pieces
  • 1 teaspoon minced peeled fresh ginger
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon pink peppercorns
  • 5 cilantro sprigs

How to Make It

  1. Combine first 5 ingredients in a nonaluminum saucepan; simmer over low heat 10 minutes. Remove from heat, and cool. Pour into a widemouthed jar; cover and let stand for 2 weeks in a cool, dark place, gently shaking jar occasionally.

  2. Strain the vinegar mixture through a cheesecloth-lined sieve into a glass measure or medium bowl; discard solids. Cut 1 strip from rind of lemon; cut into very thin slices to equal 1 teaspoon. Pour vinegar into a decorative bottle; add pink peppercorns, lemon rind strips, and cilantro. Seal with a cork or other airtight lid; store in a cool, dark place.