Condiment/ Recipe

Chive Vinegar

Chive vinegar is made with the flowers from fresh chives. Use this vinegar in salad dressings for a hint of chives.

Flavored Vinegar made with Chive Blossoms

Chive Vinegar

My chives are in full bloom right now. I think the blossoms are so pretty. This year I’ve decided to actually use the blossoms and I made Chive Vinegar. Chives have a very mild oniony flavor. ย When the blossoms are added to vinegar, the vinegar takes on the flavor and becomes this beautiful lavender color.

I went out to check on my garden the other day. My honey bees were busy little bees. They were all over the chive blossoms. My timing must have been just perfect because about an hour later, the bees were all gone. A storm was coming in and before the rain even started, the bees were headed homeย to safety. Since then, I’ve seen one or two bees back on the chive blossoms, but nothing like the numbers I first saw. I figured the bees were done and it was safe to pick some of the blossoms.

Honey Bees on Chive Blossoms

Honey Bees on Chives

At the beginning the chive blossoms fill the entire jar and the vinegar is clear. In just a couple of days, the chives diminish in size and the color starts to set in.ย  Chive vinegar can be used in place of any regular vinegar in salad dressings or vinaigrette.

Making homemade chive vinegar

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Chive vinegar is made with the flowers from fresh chives. Use this vinegar in salad dressings for a hint of chives.
Chive Vinegar
Prep Time
5 mins
Total Time
5 mins
 

Vinegar infused with chive blossoms.

Course: Condiment
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chive, chive blossom vinegar, chive recipes, flavored vinegar recipes
Servings: 1 cup
Author: Kathy
Ingredients
  • 1 cup fresh picked chive blossoms
  • 1 cup white vinegar
Instructions
  1. Soak blossoms in water to remove any dirt and small insects.
  2. Spin dry in a salad spinner
  3. Put blossoms into a glass jar
  4. Pour vinegar over top
  5. Put lid on or cover jar
  6. Let sit for 1-2 weeks
  7. When ready to use, strain off blossoms and use vinegar in any place you would normally use any type of vinegar.

 

 

Chive Vinegar inspired from Food in Jars

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36 Comments

  • Reply
    David @ Spiced
    June 1, 2016 at 4:54 am

    Wow…what a fun idea! Our chives are just starting to bloom, but I had no idea you could do anything with the blooms. That photo of the bees is awesome, too! Thanks for the idea, Kathy!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      June 1, 2016 at 5:32 am

      I also like to take the blossoms, break them apart and sprinkle the little pieces over a salad!

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    Dawn @ Girl Heart Food
    June 1, 2016 at 5:54 am

    How pretty is this, Kathy?! Our chives are certainly growing but no blossoms just yet. I love vinegar and put it on almost everything, so this is a wonderful recipe for me to try soon. Just have to wait for those blossoms to come around ๐Ÿ˜‰ Gorgeous pics, by the way!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      June 2, 2016 at 5:23 am

      They will be blooming before you know it!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      June 2, 2016 at 5:23 am

      They will be blooming before you know it!

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    Nicoletta @sugarlovespices
    June 1, 2016 at 6:19 am

    I love the pictures of the bees on the chive blossoms! Our chives haven’t bloomed yet ;-( . Great idea to make a chive vinegar, I had seen it once and I thought it so clever. Great recipe, Kathy!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      June 2, 2016 at 5:19 am

      Thanks! I love watching the bees pollinate the flowers. They are fascinating.

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    Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry
    June 1, 2016 at 8:05 am

    This such a creative and fun use for chive blossoms!

  • Reply
    Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary
    June 1, 2016 at 8:11 am

    I have been looking EVERYWHERE for chive blossoms the past few weeks, so you posting this feels like you read my brain! And it feels like a tease since I can’t seem to get my hands on any! lol. Well, if I do I know I will be making some of this fabulous Vinegar with them! So pretty and I bet delicious! Cheers, friend!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      June 2, 2016 at 4:39 am

      Oh Man…and here I am teasing you with my abundance of blossoms. I wish you could just hop over here and pick some from my garden! I’d be glad to share ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    Shelley
    June 1, 2016 at 11:16 am

    I love this! I’m so excited my chives are in bloom now.

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    Rachelle @ Beer Girl Cooks
    June 1, 2016 at 5:49 pm

    Oh whoa! I love this creativity! I didn’t think to plant chives in my garden this year, but I wish I had! I love that purple color! I’ll bet this vinegar would be amazing in a salad dressing! I love that close up of all those bees too!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      June 2, 2016 at 4:33 am

      The purple color is awesome! I just wish the blossoms stuck around longer. They are showy and then done.

  • Reply
    Anu - My Ginger Garlic Kitchen
    June 2, 2016 at 3:28 am

    First of all I love all of those pretty pictures of chive flowers. They look to pretty. And making chive vinegar sounds like fun idea, Kathy. I am sure this vinegar would add so much flavor to my favorite salads.

    • Reply
      Kathy
      June 2, 2016 at 4:27 am

      It does add a ton of flavor!

  • Reply
    Miriam @londonkitchendiaries.com
    June 2, 2016 at 8:04 am

    What a fantastic idea – chive blossoms are so beautiful! My chives are not flowering at the moment but now I know what to do with them when they do ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Reply
      Kathy
      June 3, 2016 at 5:44 am

      It’s so easy to make and give a burst of flavor!

  • Reply
    Laura ~ Raise Your Garden
    June 3, 2016 at 3:43 am

    My chives are doing wonderful this year too ~ and I agree so pretty. I’ve been infusing a ton too. Love the pretty purple color they give off. Very nice!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      June 3, 2016 at 5:45 am

      The purple color is so pretty! This would make a nice gift too!

  • Reply
    Colleen
    June 3, 2016 at 5:11 am

    I think I need to go plant more chives…like right now. I can’t wait to make this!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      June 3, 2016 at 5:46 am

      The best thing about chives is they come back every year and they bloom fairly early!

  • Reply
    allie @ Through Her Looking Glass
    June 3, 2016 at 1:27 pm

    What a wonderful idea Kathy! These chive blossoms are so pretty, as is the lavendar color of the vinegar. I love experimenting with different kinds of vinegar, a friend gave me some tarragon vinegar in our Christmas basket last year. I do have chives that have not bloomed yet, you know what I’ll be doing!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      June 5, 2016 at 5:30 am

      These would make a perfect gift!

  • Reply
    Adina
    June 4, 2016 at 8:03 am

    What a lovely color! My chives are in bloom as well, so I can make this right now. I think I will actually, I love flavored vinegar (my favorite is elderflower vinegar, you should try it).

    • Reply
      Kathy
      June 5, 2016 at 5:31 am

      Elderflower! I think it grows around here….I will need to give it a try! There are so many choices with infused vinegars!

  • Reply
    Amanda
    June 4, 2016 at 12:44 pm

    I never knew chives had such pretty blossoms! This is such a fun idea. That vinegar would be so good in a potato salad.

  • Reply
    kushi
    June 5, 2016 at 12:42 pm

    WOW! This is such a beautiful and useful post ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Reply
      Kathy
      June 5, 2016 at 6:36 pm

      Thanks! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    Kate @ Framed Cooks
    June 5, 2016 at 1:06 pm

    I’ve always been tempted to make this, and my chives are blossoming away right this minute – I think this is a SIGN! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Reply
      Kathy
      June 5, 2016 at 6:35 pm

      Definitely a sign!

  • Reply
    Kim | Low Carb Maven
    June 5, 2016 at 4:58 pm

    I love these photos, Kathy, and this recipe. I love infused vinegar and this is as beautiful as it sounds delicious. I would love to use it in my salads.

    • Reply
      Kathy
      June 5, 2016 at 6:35 pm

      You can use it in your favorite salad dressing!

  • Reply
    Kaylene @ The Links Site
    June 7, 2016 at 3:05 am

    What a great idea, and it is such a wonderful colour!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      June 7, 2016 at 7:05 pm

      The color is beautiful!

  • Reply
    Michelle | A Dish of Daily Life
    June 15, 2016 at 10:59 pm

    I love this idea…definitely need to try it! I am a vinegar addict!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      June 16, 2016 at 5:34 am

      You will love this one!

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