Saturday, 15 June 2013

Chive Vinegar

Again, this idea was taken from MFT's blog see here
but there are also lots of mentions of it on the internet.

I'm using a 1 litre jar that I used to use for making yoghurt in before I bought a yoghurt maker to replace it. I know, I know, cheaper to use the jar but after a few weeks, it seemed to stop working (although to be fair, it was in the long dark winter we have just had).

Anyway, the idea is to put some chive flowers (after being rinsed and spun in my salad spinner) into this jar, and pour in vinegar. I am using the plain clear stuff that I would normally use for fabric conditioner. The jar until this morning (before the heavens opened) had just one bottle of vinegar in it. After picking more flowers today, I had to top it up.

It is currently one week old and is meant to steep in a dark place for about 3 weeks. I shall leave it for 3 weeks after I put in the last lot of flowers. However, just one week on, it looks like this:

A lovely methylated spirit colour! The smell is similar to pickled onions ...

16 comments:

  1. Oh Wow! that looks (and sounds) fabulous...I must try it!

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    1. Beautiful colour and smell, can only get better!

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  2. Hi.. I make chive vinegar each Spring and love the onion like taste of it.. I also make a chive jelly for burgers and such.. Very good, also..
    Love the picture with the old jar.. sweet..
    Blessings..

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    1. I bet that is nice as well - lovely colour if the picture on your blog is anything to go by.

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  3. I made some last year and you are right, it did smell like pickled onions ! I was nt thrilled with the result though but it was a pretty color. I ended up cleaning the loo with it so it was nt really wasted.....................
    Hope you are feeling better today - sounds like you got really good treatment from your doctors.

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    1. We will have wait for it to be ready before deciding if we like it. We both love pickled onions. Appointment with the doctor was prompt. ECG next week due to the missing beats.

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  4. Such a great colour!
    Hope you are feeling better now xx

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    1. Better than yesterday, certainly slept well, I was zonked!

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  5. This is a great idea! All of my chives have flowers on them now, and I had considered them past their usefulness for this year. It's nice to know there is something else I can do with them!

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    1. Chive jelly as Feye Henry has mentioned (recipe on her blog). Also, the flowers can be pulled apart and dried if you have a dryer. They are edible. Search the internet, loads of things to do with them!

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  6. This sounds really interesting and looks so pretty xxx

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    1. It is a lovely colour isn't it.x

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  7. Hmmm, I use chive flowers in salads, never thought to do this with them. Thing is, it looks beautiful, but I'm not sure what I would do with a jar of liquid pickled onions!

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    1. I haven't tried them in/on salads. Apparently it can be used like ordinary vinegar (fish and chips), or as a salad dressing or directly onto hot potatoes.

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  8. I'm going to give this a go, I spotted it on Elaine's blog the other day. It's a glorious colour isn't it :-)

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    1. Other than methylated spirits, it rather reminds me of parma violet sweets!

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