Prep 5 mins
Cook 10 mins
Entered for safe-keeping. Adapted from "Blue Ribbon Preserves: Secrets to Award-Winning Jams, Jellies, Marmalades and More" by Linda J. Amendt. Requires 2-4 weeks to steep. Preparation and cooking time do not include the steeping time. Mango vinegar is good for chicken marinades, vinaigrettes, and hot pepper sauces.
- Put the chopped mangoes in a clean 2-quart glass canning jar. If you want heat, add the Scotch bonnet pepper (please wear gloves when handling!).
- In a medium non-reactive saucepan, heat the vinegar until simmering, but not boiling.
- Remove the pan from the heat, and pour the hot vinegar over the mangoes in the jar.
- Set aside to cool. When it's cooled, cover the jar with 2 layers of plastic wrap and screw on a jar lid or screw ring. Place the jar in a paper bag and set in a cool, dark, dry location and let it steep for 2 weeks. Gently shake or swirl the jar every few days to help blend.
- After 2 weeks, taste the vinegar. If the flavor has not developed enough, recover. It may take up to 4 weeks to develop full flavor.
- Once it has developed the flavor you desire, strain the vinegar through 3 layers of clean cheesecloth.
- Then strain through a coffee filter.
- Let the vinegar sit over night covered and allow any sediment to settle.
- Strain the vinegar again through 2 layers of coffee filters.
- Prepare your final bottle by washing with warm, soapy water and filling it with boiling water for 10 minutes. Drain the bottle and fill with the vinegar, leaving about 1/2 inch head space. Seal each bottle with a new cork or screw cap.