Make Ahead Tip: Refrigerate the vinegar for up to 1 year.
Equipment: 3 pint-size (2-cup) glass canning jars; cheesecloth
Tips: To remove citrus zest: Use a vegetable peeler to remove strips of the outer skin (zest), leaving the bitter white pith behind.
Star anise (named for its star-shaped pods) lends a distinctive licorice-like flavor to numerous Asian dishes. The pods come from a small evergreen tree that is native to China. Look for star-anise in the bulk spice sections of natural-foods stores, in Asian markets or online at penzeys.com.