Making Chives Flavored Vinegar

Making Chives Flavored Vinegar is easy to do at home with gourmet results that make impressive gifts for the chef on your list! This flavored vinegar is delicious when used in salad dressings and marinades, imparting the delicate onion-like flavor in any of your recipes calling for vinegar.

Cold Method:

This method uses the bottle that the vinegar is purchased in, so be sure to buy a high quality vinegar with an attractive glass bottle.


EQUIPMENT REQUIRED:

1 bottle of good quality apple cider or wine vinegar

Small bowl

3 or 4 sprigs of fresh Chives, washed and patted dry

1 clove garlic, optional

3 or 4 pepper corns, optional


METHOD:

1. Pour a small amount (approximately 1/2 cup) of the vinegar into a small clean bowl to reserve for later use after the herb sprigs have been added.

2. Place the fresh Chive sprigs in the bottle of vinegar.

3. Top off to fill the bottle with the reserved vinegar and seal tightly.

4. Place the bottle on a sunny window sill for two weeks, gently shaking the bottle every day or so to mix the flavors of the herbs.

5. Soak off the manufacturer label and relabel with a decorative label.


STORAGE: These herbed vinegars are quite attractive and can be stored on the counter top, pantry or kitchen cupboard.


USES: This flavored vinegar is great in marinades for meat and poultry, in salad dressings and many other recipes requiring vinegar.

Hot Method:

EQUIPMENT REQUIRED:


Small Bowl

Wooden Spoon

Fresh Chives Sprigs

Chopping knife and chopping board

Large clean wide mouth jar with tight fitting lid

Sheet of plastic wrap

Medium stainless steel or enamel sauce pan

Good quality apple cider or wine vinegar

Cheese cloth

Funnel


INGREDIENTS:

2 cups of apple cider or wine vinegar

1 cup of chopped Chives


METHOD:

1. Place the chopped leaves in the bowl and gently crush with a wooden spoon.

2. Heat one cup of the vinegar until warm, but do not boil.

3. Pour hot vinegar over the crushed Chives in the bowl and stir to mix well.

4. Crush the Chives a little more to release the herb oils.

5. Leave to cool.

6. When cooled, add the remaining cup of vinegar and pour into a large jar and cap tightly.

7. Place on a sunny window sill and shake every day or so to distribute the flavors for two weeks.

8. Store as is or pour through a double layer of cheese cloth into a funnel over a clean decorative bottle.

9. Add a few fresh sprigs of Chives, including a few blossoms, into the bottle for decoration and identification purposes.

10. Label and store in the pantry, cupboard or counter top.