Yesterday I was in the middle of packing and trying to get things ready at home. I sat down to take a break and checked mail and my friend had sent me a note and said “When you get home, we need to do this!” and send this video. You know how things work with me. If it looks like more fun than what I’m currently doing, regardless of what HAS to be done today, I’m going to do the more fun thing.
Actually, there were blueberries, raspberries and strawberries in the fridge that needed to be used. There are cranberries in the freezer . . still lots of cranberries that didn’t get made into juice yet, and there are plenty of plums in the freezer from our super productive plum trees last summer.
I’ve made pear vinegar before and it was great. According to the Arne & Carlos video, all you do is add fruit, a little sugar, some kind of vinegar, let it sit . . they have all the instructions in the video.
These were the vinegars I had on hand. A couple of small bottles of balsamic, a bottle of vinegar with saffron and plenty of apple cider vinegar (with the mother).
By the time I got ready to put the vinegar into the jars with the fruit, the plums, which had been frozen, had kinda mushed down in the jar as they thawed so I combined them into one jar, dumped more frozen plums into the other jar so that’s the jar that looks a little cloudy. They were frozen. I probably should have let them defrost before putting them in there but I didn’t.
The jars will sit out for a couple of days and then Vince will put them in the fridge til I get back and can take the next steps. I’m pretty excited to try all these flavors. We use a lot of balsamic reduction on salads, over goat cheese and especially over the roasted brussels sprouts we eat so often.
Of course, I’ll report back on the results once it’s time for the next step.
Looks interesting. My mother made herb vinegar every summer. She gave me some once that I really liked, but she couldn’t remember which herb she used in that one! I think she did a better job of labeling after that. The fruit vinegar’s sound fun.
Judy H says
Yum!! I make a blueberry basil vinegar – it’s a Ball canning recipe – and I LOVE it for salads. I’ll have to try this when things slow down!
Celestial seasonings has a zinger Vinegar. After my bottle was done I made my own I used a zinger tea bag boiled some vinegar and let the bag steep. it was delicious
I’ll be interested to know if there’s a taste difference between the thawed and frozen fruit. I can see reasons why there might and reasons why there might not, so I’ll be waiting to find out!
w jordan says
You need to go to Waco and get you some of the dark chocolate balasmic vinegar. It is devine and yes like you I don’t like chocolate but love this stuff. Could eat/drink it straight out of the bottle. It goes wonderful on cheese cake like so many other fruit balasmic vinegars do. Waco girlfriend Waco…..
Have a great rip and enjoy this time it will never be like this again. Grandchildren grow up so fast…