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How to make a berry vinegar? [topic digression moved from General Topics board]

bryan Aug 11, 2006 11:41 PM

Have you ever made a berry vinegar? I would love to know how.

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    Sherri RE: bryan Aug 12, 2006 12:01 AM

    Yes, I have made some flavored vinegars, some more successfully than others. For the best raspberry, I cheated and used a frozen juice concentrate. It was fabulous - better than when I used my own berries. The strawberry was so-so but probably because the berries were not intensely flavored enough to make a WOW statement. I was underwhelmed with both the tarragon and garlic vinegar. Preferred the plain.

    NB: with all flavored vinegars, I took the safe path and made small quantities and kept them in the refrigerator. I wasn't afraid of dying but figured they would not hold their flavor as well as commercially prepared bottles. It is easy to make more when needed.

    Good Luck!

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      niki rothman RE: bryan Aug 12, 2006 02:47 AM

      Michael Chiarello of Food Network has a book on flavored oils and vinegars (I found it for a dollar in a thriftstore). You take white vinegar or rice wine vinegar and your fruit - simmer for 2 minutes, cool and refrigerate. That's my take on it anyhow.

      1. Junie D RE: bryan Aug 13, 2006 03:45 PM

        There couldn't be anything simpler. I make raspberry vinegar with our homemade red wine vinegar. Just put a couple cups of raspberries in a quart jar, cover with good vinegar, put the lid on and let sit for a month or two. I don't bother to strain out the berries later but I would if bottling it for gifts.

        Another favorite flavored vinegar to make is dried apricots in white wine vinegar. Again, just cover and soak.

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