Flavored Vinegar made with Chive Blossoms. Use for making salad dressings or in any recipe calling for a light flavored 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 onion flavor.
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 home 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.
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.
Chive vinegar can be used in place of any regular vinegar in salad dressings or vinaigrette.
How to make Chive Vinegar
- Pick fresh chives with blossoms
- Remove blossoms from stems
- Fill a small jar with blossoms
- Add white vinegar
- Cover and let sit until vinegar has turned a lovely violet color
- Remove blossoms
What to do with Chive Stems?
You can use the stems in many ways:
- Add to scrambled eggs
- Top a baked potato
- Make Chive Biscuits
- Make Pasta and Pea Salad
- Use in Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes
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- 1 cup fresh picked chive blossoms
- 1 cup white vinegar
- Soak blossoms in water to remove any dirt and small insects.
- Spin dry in a salad spinner
- Put blossoms into a glass jar
- Pour vinegar over top
- Put lid on or cover jar
- Let sit for 1-2 weeks
- When ready to use, strain off blossoms and use vinegar in any place you would normally use any type of vinegar.
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Michelle | A Dish of Daily Life says
I love this idea...definitely need to try it! I am a vinegar addict!
You will love this one!
Kaylene @ The Links Site says
What a great idea, and it is such a wonderful colour!
The color is beautiful!
Kim | Low Carb Maven says
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.
You can use it in your favorite salad dressing!
Kate @ Framed Cooks says
I've always been tempted to make this, and my chives are blossoming away right this minute - I think this is a SIGN! 🙂
Definitely a sign!
WOW! This is such a beautiful and useful post 🙂
I never knew chives had such pretty blossoms! This is such a fun idea. That vinegar would be so good in a potato salad.
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).
Elderflower! I think it grows around here....I will need to give it a try! There are so many choices with infused vinegars!
allie @ Through Her Looking Glass says
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!
These would make a perfect gift!
I think I need to go plant more chives...like right now. I can't wait to make this!
The best thing about chives is they come back every year and they bloom fairly early!