Monday, September 26, 2011

Garlic Chive Vinegar, and Rosemary Vinegar

Garlic Chive Vinegar

4 cups cider vinegar
several stalks fresh garlic chives
2 small cloves garlic, peeled

In a stainless steel or enameled saucepan bring vinegar to a simmer.
Pour into a sterilized quart bottle/jar.
Add chives and garlic.
Store vinegar in a cool, dark place at least 2 weeks before serving.
Before presenting, strain and add fresh herbs.

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This is a book I found at a thrift shop, or garage sale, or library book sale.
I never remember which.
But I never spend much, and they're always full of great ideas.
Someday ideas.
This is the year for Garlic Chive Vinegar.

Garlic chives are to late summer what their purple cousins are to the springtime.
The leaves are broad and flat with a distinctive garlicky flavor.
True to the reputation of the chive, it also is less intense.

I like to give homemade gifts, and also need to do so.
Finances are stretched as tight as an engorged, gluttonous dog tick.
I try hard to regard the recipient.
I make notes throughout the year, keeping lists as I pick up clues.

Some people are wonderfully easy and fun to give to!
You never lack for ideas, and your heart warms
each time they return an empty jar
or you see them washing up with one of your colorful knit dish cloths.

Most of the time it's hit or miss.
Some years we hit the mark right on with a perfect gift.
Other years we're a little off,
with plans to take better notes for the following season.

But there are inevitably loved ones who are difficult to figure.
My only advise here is that everyone like to eat.
However, I keep it to small quantities and wait for feedback.

Sampler packs may be a good idea.
I like the tiny 4 ounce jars for this.
If they like it and want more, you'll here about it.
They'll get a bigger size next season, and likely every year.
Otherwise, it's back to more guesswork.

Save your glass jars.
Clean off the labels with a hot water soak, dish detergent, Goo Gone.
It's a process.  Find what works for you.
If you find a good one, let me know!
I'd LOVE to hear about an easier way!
Finally, clean out the inside really good with a bleach solution.
Get some corks in different sizes.

Once you're ready to fill your bottle,
be sure to clean it again with a bleach solution.
Boil the cork you'll be using,
but be sure it fits first as it will take on a bit of water.
Once the cork is in nice and snug seal with parafin wax.
You may even add color if you wish.
Remember, it's important to label your product.

Rosemary Vinegar

1 quart white wine vinegar
1 to 2 large sprigs fresh rosemary
1 shallot, peeled and halved
6 black peppercorns

Directions are the same as for Garlic Chive Vinegar.

Happy giving, friends!


  1. Sounds wonderful & I have plenty of garlic chives & rosemary. Thank you for sharing the recipe!
    Stopping by from Made by Me Monday to say hi & check out your post :)

  2. Thank you, samsstuff!
    Looking forward to trying some, I'll be sure to keep a bit. Enjoy!


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