Yes, you really do need chili vinegar in your life!

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Why? Because it is the most stone simple pantry staple you will ever make, it is eternally replenishable, and amazingly versatile!  Simply add 1/2 cup chopped Thai chili peppers, seeds and all, to a pint jar – then fill the jar with plain ol’ white vinegar.  That’s it.  Store it in the refrigerator and use abundantly (more on that in a moment).  Within a day, your chili vinegar will offer up a delightful Hot & Sour flavor! As you use up your chili vinegar, simply add more white vinegar to the jar… there’s no need to purchase new peppers, as those babies stay HOT!

“How can I use chili vinegar?” You might ask.  Here are a few ideas…

1) Make fast ‘n fiery pickles! Combine 3/4 cup hot water, 1/4 cup chili vinegar, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1 teaspoon sugar.  Pour over sliced cucumbers, bell peppers, or green beans, and refrigerate for a few hours.  Delicious!

2) Make a spicy vinaigrette dressing!  Whisk together 2 tablespoons chili vinegar, 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, 1/4 teaspoon minced garlic, 1/4 teaspoon powdered thyme, and 1/4 teaspoon salt.  Enjoy over a fresh green salad.

3) Make a Thai-inspired Easy Peanut Cabbage Slaw!

The sky’s the limit! Have fun with chili vinegar, and be sure to comment with any fun uses you discover in your kitchen!

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