Sunday, July 7, 2013

Chive Vinegar, Violet Vinegar

Chive Vinegar, Violet Vinegar

Want to try something different that is easy to make?  Just pour white vinegar (or vinegar you prefer) over a jar full of Violet flowers or Chive flowers, and you will have a pretty pink to purple vinegar.  It makes a nice addition to a gift basket.  It can be used in salad dressings, potato salad, or anything you normally use vinegar in.  I read somewhere that the Violet Vinegar has a peppery taste, but I haven't actually tasted that one yet.  It sure is pretty though.  The Chive Vinegar, well, tastes like Chive.  ;)  I like that one very much.

Let it sit for a few days.  (Some people let it sit for a couple of weeks.)  Then, strain.  If you store it in a jar with a metal lid, put a piece of waxed paper between it and the vinegar as it will corrode metal. 

Chive flowers in vinegar.

Chive Vinegar.

I used it in a simple Sweet and Sour Sauce 
that I make sometimes.  It turned out very 
tasty with a hint of Chive flavor.  

Here is the recipe in case you want to try it:
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup vinegar
1/3 cup water
2-1/2 Tbsp ketchup
1/4 tsp salt
Bring to a boil and stir this mixture:  
1 Tbsp plus 2 tsp cornstarch dissolved in 3 Tbsp cold water.  Stir until thick and translucent.  Add pineapple if desired. 


Violet flowers.

This was after just a few hours
 of adding the vinegar.

I'd like to try other flower vinegars.  Not sure which to do yet.    I'd also try using Rice Vinegar that I have.  You can check out my Edible Garden Flowers post. (click here)   I actually posted about the vinegar on there but decided to do this separate post also. Let me know if you try other kinds and what you think.  You can leave a comment below without signing in.

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  1. Too bad the violets and chive flowers have already passed by. I'd try this one out! It looks like fun! Hen

  2. Violets are great. I used to make tea for my kids out of them - the color is astounding. The leaves also aren't half-bad in salads.

  3. I like to put violets in my salad too. :)

  4. Yum... I have made violet syrup and violet jelly but we are vinegar people here too... I think the chive vinegar looks great. I have something called Fire Vinegar steeping now: garlic, onions, hot peppers, turmeric, in raw apple cider vinegar. It is supposed to have horseradish in it too but we haven't gotten that dug yet... and it's snowing... lol

  5. Ooooo I don't like hot spicy. :P I really liked the sweet and sour sauce I made with the chive vinegar. I'm definitely going to make some more of that vinegar this summer when the chives bloom again. :)