Friday, August 3, 2012

Chive Vinegar

When chives are in bloom, make chive vinegar.  In two weeks you'll have a vinegar that adds great flavour to salad dressings. I especially enjoy the addition of this vinegar in my potato salad dressing.
To begin, sterilize a glass jar, then go and pick a bouquet of chives in bloom. Wash chives well and air dry.
Fill jar 3/4 full with white vinegar , and add the dry chives.

Press chives into jar.

Seal jar and place in a dark cool for 2 weeks.  
After 2 weeks the vinegar will be a nice soft pink. Using a cheese cloth strain the vinegar. Discard the chives and put the vinegar back into a clean jar. Store in a cool place.
Chive vinegar has a stronger flavour so use it sparingly in place of regular vinegar in salad dressings and dip. 

6 comments:

  1. That looks beautiful Kathy!! I love "flavoured" vinegars like this. My chive blossoms are done for this year but I need to remember to do this next summer. I might try this with my other herbs as well - thanks for sharing this method.

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  2. I'm intrigued and wish I could get my Chives to bloom! It's huge, green and very healthy looking. I suppose I'd still get the flavour without the blossoms... .

    Sharon

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  3. Wow. I've been pinching of my garlic chive buds to avoid flowering. I'll sit back and relax now.

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  4. My chives have already bloomed. Would this work with just the chives themselves? Obviously, it wouldn't be that gorgeous shade of pink, but do you think the flavor would work? Cheers!

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  5. I have never tried making this without blossoms but it's worth s try. Let us know how it turns out.

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  6. Amazing idea! I would've never thought this would work, but it looks great! Rhoda

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