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June 1, 2022

Chive Blossom Vinegar and 5 Things You Can Do With It

The chive flower is the easiest thing to grow in any garden. Tuck them into any out-of-the-way spot in the garden and they will spread each year, giving you a beautiful and tasty display of dainty purple flowers. Chive blossom vinegar is an easy way to spread the bounty of this spring vegetable long into this season and throughout the winter months. The infused vinegar is easy to make once you wash and dry your chive blossoms. When mixed with vinegar and let sit for two weeks you have an infusion that is tasty and tart.

Chive Blossom Infused Vinegar

Chive Blossom Infused Vinegar

Yield: 2 cups

Spring Chives lend themselves to a pink, floral vinegar perfect for salads

Ingredients

  • 1/1/2 cups distilled white vinegar
  • 2 1/2 cups chive blossoms snipped right beneath the head

Instructions

    1. Heat the vinegar in a small saucepan over low heat until just warm
    2. Stuff a Mason jar full of purple Chive flowers
    3. Pour the warm vinegar into the jar just to submerge the blossoms
    4. Leave 2 inches at the top of your jar so the vinegar doesn't come in contact with the metal lid.
    5. Let the vinegar cool
    6. Place the container in a dark, cool spot in a cupboard or your basement or even your refrigerator and steep for two weeks.
    7. When you're happy with the strength of the vinegar, strain it through a sieve and toss the spent blossoms.
    8. Pour the vinegar into your favorite bottle

Notes

Feel free to experiment with other kinds of vinegar-like White Wine or Champagne Vinegar

5 ways to use Chive Blossom Vinegar

  • Make a salad dressing with 1 tablespoon chive vinegar, 3 tablespoons olive oil, a pinch of salt, and cracked pepper.
  • Make a Bloody Mary with 1 Tablespoon of Chive Vinegar infusion.
  • Make a Gibson cocktail in a coupe glass. Add a Teaspoon of chilled Chive vinegar to the coup glass and swirl around to line the glass insides and dump the rest. In a shaker with ice mix a 2 1/2 oz London Dry Gin and 1/2 oz dry vermouth. Shake and pour into a Chive vinegar lined glass and garnish with a chive blossom.
  • Quick Pickle your favorite vegetables (Onions or Daikon Radishes work well here. Pack the vegetables into the jars, making sure there is a 1/2 inch of space from the rim of the jar to the tops of the vegetables. Pack them in as tightly as you can without smashing them. Fill with equal parts water and Chive blossom vinegar.
  • Add 2 Tablespoons to your favorite Potato Salad recipe for a slightly floral oniony flavor.

 

 

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