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Chive Blossom Vinegar

Chive Blossom Vinegar
This vibrantly colored vinegar didn’t start out that way. It was clear white wine vinegar, until a heap of chive blossoms took a soaking in it. The result is this lovely dark rose color. Why not pluck some of those chive blossoms blooming right now and turn them into a fragrant and beautiful vinegar? But hurry or you’ll lose your window of opportunity since the season for chive blossoms in almost over. Just fill a mason jar with chive blossoms – or fill it halfway. The more you pack in, the more intense the color will be.


Fill it with a clear vinegar  of your choice. I used white wine vinegar. I put a piece of plastic wrap between the lid and the glass because I wasn’t sure if the metal would react with the vinegar. This may be a totally unnecessary step.
Place it in a dark, cool place for a week or more.
Strain it through a fine sieve or coffee filter to remove all the impurities. Pour into a nice container and enjoy – or give as a gift.
Thank you chive blossoms. See you next year.
This Post Has 19 Comments
  1. bellissimo, Linda, come mi avevi anticipato! L'ho preparato anche io per il blog, dietro tuo suggerimento e così se vieni a dare un'occhiata lunedì ti troverai citata come ispiraztrice!
    Baci e a presto

  2. anzi scusa, ma potrei usare direttamente la tua foto, dicendo che è tua ovviamente e linkandoti? il mio non ha ancora il bel colore del tuo!!!

  3. I have some steeping in my pantry right now! I didn't have as many chive blossoms as you, though, so I doubt mine will achieve such a gorgeous color.

  4. We sometimes get two seasons of chive blossoms. But I'm going to grab what I can this afternoon. This is too pretty. I'm wondering if some of the delicate onion flavor gets in – that would be a bonus. Getting ready to walk across my soaked lawn.

  5. E' un'idea favolosa!! La mia erba cipollina è giaò fiorita segno la ricetta per il prossimo anno. Un abbraccio Daniela.

  6. What a lovely idea! Chives are the only blooming thing in my garden right now….going to try tomorrow. Thanks! And I won't give it away.

  7. What a terrific idea, Linda! The vinegar is gorgeous, and I bet it will taste FAB! I think you are right to use the plastic – better safe than sorry with respect to possible reaction with the meat. And your presentation is beautiful. Congratulations on a really great post.

  8. I think I have enough blossoms left to make a jar of this lovely vinegar. What a wonderful idea, Linda. My favorite dressing is a simple vinaigrette and this will give it a nice extra flavor.

  9. This is a fanulous idea Linda….I have plenty of blossoms, I am going to try this today and see how it goes!
    Thanks so much!

  10. Wow, the color is incredible! Great idea. I just planted chives, so I guess I'll have to wait until next spring to try it out…

  11. I love this post – but I have a question – I also have garlic chives and was wondering if I can use the same recipe for them. I realize that I will not get the color but was wondering if I would get a garlic flavored vinegar. Could you please give me some advice on this? Thank you and I love your posts

  12. Anonymous – Thanks for following my blog. The answer to your question is yes – the vinegar will be infused with the flavor of whatever you put in – including your garlic chives. Make sure to strain them out before storing.

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