Saturday, June 6, 2015

A Tangy Treat from your Garden!

Chive Vinegar ~ A Tangy Treat from Your Garden

Vinegar infused with chive blossoms is a tart, tangy treat to make during June.  When chives are in full bloom, simply harvest and rinse a few dozen blossoms and place them in a clean glass jar.   Fill jar with French white wine vinegar, which can be purchased in the vinegar section of your local grocery store.

Place jar in fridge for three weeks to allow vinegar to fully “ripen”  (blossoms will impart flavor and color to the vinegar).   The magic takes place during this ripening process… vinegar turns a lovely shade of bright pink!   The acidity of the vinegar reacts with natural colors in chive blossoms and yields a tangy, flavorful chive blossom vinaigrette to be used on salads or as a component of a marinade. 

Simply strain the liquid through cheesecloth and store in fridge.  Try it—you’ll like it!

(Thanks to my Ozaukee Master Gardener friend, Sharon P., who taught me this delightful recipe—it’s quick, easy, and fun to make. )

M. Lynn Schmid,   Certified Master Gardener
A.A.S. Landscape/Horticulture/Arboriculture