Chive Blossom Vinegar: A Simple Herbal Recipe
The chives are in full bloom here at Tranquilla Cove! Are you wondering what to do with those beautiful chive blossoms from your herb garden? Look no further! In this post, we’ll explore the delightful world of chive blossom vinegar. This versatile and flavorful vinegar can elevate your salad dressings, marinades, and sauces while adding a pop of color to your pantry. Join us as we discover the simple steps to create this herbal recipe and unlock a new level of culinary creativity.
Making Chive Blossom Vinegar
- 1 cup fresh chive blossoms, washed and dried
- 2 cups white wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar
- Glass jar with lid
- Place the chive blossoms in a clean glass jar.
- Heat the vinegar in a saucepan until it comes to a simmer.
- Pour the hot vinegar over the chive blossoms in the jar.
- Use a chopstick or spoon to push the blossoms down, fully submerging them in the vinegar.
- Screw on the lid and store the jar in a cool, dark place for 2-4 weeks.
- After the vinegar has been infused for 2-4 weeks, strain out the chive blossoms and transfer the vinegar into a clean glass bottle for storage.
Solar Infusion Method
Embracing the abundance of sunlight in Florida, you can opt for the solar infusion method. Simply place the jar of chive blossoms and vinegar in a sunny location for a few hours each day. However, keep in mind that this technique may result in a slightly different flavor profile compared to the traditional dark-light infusion method. To prevent spoilage, monitor the infusion process carefully and use a clean glass jar with a tight-fitting lid.
Chive blossoms mature at different times, so continue cutting them and adding them to the vinegar. By doing this you will find that the Chives will continue to produce new flowers over a longer period of time, giving you numerous blossoms to work with, Just continue adding them to the jar and give a shake.
- You can choose between white wine vinegar and apple cider vinegar, each offering a distinct flavor. White wine vinegar lends delicacy, while apple cider vinegar provides a more robust taste. Personally, I prefer white wine vinegar.
- Ensure you use a clean glass jar and lid to prevent any residual flavors or odors from affecting the vinegar’s taste.
- Feel free to scale the recipe up or down based on the number of chive blossoms available. Allow the blossoms to reach their full size before cutting to maximize color and flavor.
Elevate your culinary adventures with chive blossom vinegar, a delightful and easy-to-make herbal recipe. With its vibrant hue and versatile applications, this flavorful ingredient will take your dishes to new heights. Give it a try and let the aromatic essence of chive blossoms enrich your culinary creations. Prepare to be amazed by the incredible taste and visual appeal of this simple homemade vinegar…James