Chive Blossom Vinegar

Currently my herb garden is about as luscious as can be and the chives were full of beautiful purple blossoms.  Chive Blossom Vinegar is an idea that I stumbled upon at Food in Jars and also Lottie and Doof.  A quick google search revealed that the rest of the world seems to already know about this, but it was brand new to me!  #chiveblossomvinegar is even a legit hashtag on Instagram!  Oh well.  I'm in the dark no longer.

Start with grabbing as many chive blossoms as you can get your hands on.  This recipe really can be made in any quantity so just find as many as possible and also get a container - preferably glass - that will be about 1/3 to 2/3 full with that amount.  You can use whatever vinegar you like (lighter is better because it shows off the colour that leeches out of the blossoms and into your vinegar infusion) and I chose an organic white wine vinegar.  Soak the blossoms to remove bugs and dirt and then pop them in your container and cover with vinegar.  Leave it for a few weeks and then strain the blossoms out.  Use as you would any other vinegar!

If you are someone who feels more comfortable following a recipe, here is exactly what I did:

Chive Blossom Vinegar

1 oz chive blossoms (approximate)
1 pint white wine vinegar

  1. Gather your chive blossoms.  Enjoy them in a vase as an arrangement for a few days if they aren't fully open yet, or if you are waiting for a few more to open in your garden.
  2. Soak blossoms in water to remove any grit or bugs.  Strain.
  3. Put blossoms in a mason jar and cover with vinegar.
  4. Let sit for about two weeks in a cool dark place and then strain out the blossoms.

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