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Instead of discarding leftover champagne, use it to make vinegar: Pour the champagne into widemouthed jars, and leave the jars open; after a few weeks, the resulting vinegar can be used to make vinaigrette. Champagne vinegar can be stored, covered, for up to six months.

Try our recipe for

champagne vinaigrette.

Comments (23)

Martha Stewart Member
July 13, 2010
cleongatl, don't know if you'll be able to answer my question....... just read your recipe again, and want to know if I should leave the vinegar jar open and at room temperature? Also, should it be clear vinegar or existing wine vinegar? If you're not available, perhaps someone else has the answer for making wine vinegar. Thanks, in advance.
Martha Stewart Member
July 13, 2010
cleongatl, don't know if you'll be able to answer my question....... just read your recipe again, and want to know if I should leave the vinegar jar open and at room temperature? Also, should it be clear vinegar or existing wine vinegar? If you're not available, perhaps someone else has the answer for making wine vinegar. Thanks, in advance.
Martha Stewart Member
July 13, 2010
I like the comments, sometimes, even more than the recipes [or crafts, etc.]. This time, it's thank you to cleongatl, VeggieGal and Pamp. I wouldn't let Champagne turn to vinegar since I love it the way it is, but wine is another story. And, I especially like using a coffee filter...... but if I don't have one, than the cheesecloth will be great! cleongati, is that the mother of cooking tips? [Bad pun, I know. Shouldn't inflict it on such generous people.] Thanks again.
Martha Stewart Member
July 12, 2010
Good timing with the champagne vinegar! I'm not a huge fan of champagne but ended up with some as a gift -- now I know what I can do with it! I'll actually use it instead of passing it on.
Martha Stewart Member
July 12, 2010
especially not Veuve!!!
Martha Stewart Member
July 12, 2010
Left over champagne?? Not in our house.
Martha Stewart Member
August 28, 2009
Thank you, cleongati; I'm going to try this as I always seem to have a little left over wine that just isn't fit to drink as wine anymore. Appreciate you passing the "mother" idea along.
Martha Stewart Member
August 26, 2009
You can add white/red wine to some existing vinegar and the wine will turn into vinegar. You'll see sinewy strands growing at the bottom of the jar, known as the "mother." This perpetuates the vingear. Decant the top liquid,but always keep some of the the mother. Add wine to the mother's jar and you will forever have homemade vinegar. This is essentially how balsamic is made, except of course the process has been refined over the centuries, with specific materials and conditions.
Martha Stewart Member
August 26, 2009
Didn't know you could do that. Great to know! (though I don't drink champagne)
Martha Stewart Member
August 25, 2009
What's leftover champagne?
Martha Stewart Member
August 25, 2009
It won't work with most red wine.
Martha Stewart Member
August 25, 2009
I would love to try this! Do I leave the open jar out at room temp. or put it in the fridge?
Martha Stewart Member
August 25, 2009
As much fun as it would be to make homemade vinagers, I'm with "bmello", who would ever have left over champagne?! or even, "crowsnest", to waste 1/4 cup of expensive champagne to make vinegar. There are some wonderful vinegars in the stores, leave it to the pros. But I'd like to try this with leftover wine. I totally agree to cover the jar with some of those suggestions.
Martha Stewart Member
August 25, 2009
Can this be done with any wine
Martha Stewart Member
August 25, 2009
seems like a great idea, but i agree - if there is champagne in my house.... there won't be any left over ! haha
Martha Stewart Member
August 25, 2009
leftover champagne? not going to hapenh at my house.
Martha Stewart Member
August 31, 2008
I put paper coffee filters over my jars and put an elastic around each, just in case there are any kamikaze bugs flying around.
Martha Stewart Member
February 9, 2008
Hi Cathy, I would try covering the jar with cheesecloth to keep out thirsty travelers. -VegiGal
Martha Stewart Member
January 24, 2008
How do you store "uncovered"? I did this once with something else and attracted a flying insect which committed suicide in my "mixture". I covered with clingwrap and poked holes with a straight pin.
Martha Stewart Member
January 15, 2008
If you do not have champagne vinegar, what is a good substitute?
Martha Stewart Member
January 11, 2008
oh! bmello -- surely you jest. cant you even save 1/4 cup for this recipe? oh my!
Martha Stewart Member
January 4, 2008
ooops, sorry the entire message didn't go through. The quote goes "Pop the cork and drink the moment down." And if a bottle of the bubbly is open to celebrate something in our home; it's good to the last drop. Love the idea of champagne vinegar though.
Martha Stewart Member
January 4, 2008
...and who has "leftover" champagne? Isn't there a quote about "Pop the cork