Homemade Raspberry Vinegar + A Valentine’s Day Round-Up

February 9, 2012

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It is almost Valentine’s Day. In the past, I have always made candy, lots and lots of candy. I am not skipping the candy making this year, however, I wanted to mix it up a bit. Raspberry vinegar is a staple in my pantry. Making vinegars is one of those easy, non-challenging tasks that I generally don’t take advantage of. Not to mention, it costs pennies to make.

Awhile back, I purchased some Square Hermetic Glass Bottles (various sizes) at the Container Store. They were comfortably resting with all of my other “gifting” materials, ribbons, and packaging. After the first of the year, I spent a few days organizing everything in my house and when I came across the jars I knew exactly what I wanted to do with them.

You don’t have to go out and buy bottles. I save bottles; mustard, peppers, jams and jellies, maple syrup, etc. When the condiments are used up, I clean them and then boil them. I store them in my cabinet and use them for homemade salad dressings, barbecue sauce, ketchup, jam, etc. They come in handy. Plus, they are cute!

The kids are going to give their favorite teachers a bottle of raspberry vinegar. This weekend, the candy making will begin (toffee, fudge, carmellos) and it is up to them as who they want to gift them to! Valentine’s is a festive holiday. The Internet, specifically Pinterest, is loaded with ideas, inspiration, and homemade goodies. I have compiled a few of my favorites!

1. Fruit on a Stick | 2. Chocolate Nutella Alfajores   | 3. Nutella Ravioli
4. Cookies + Milk  5. Dulce de Leche Cake Pops | 6. Chocolate Covered Pretzels
7. Hand Stamped Valentine Kit  8. Whole Wheat Chocolate Cookies
9. Valentine’s Broken Glass Jello 10. Striped Heart Cookies
11. Homemade Sugar Cubes | 12.Cardamom Creme Brulee

Happy Valentine’s Day to you and your loved ones!

Homemade Raspberry Vinegar

ingredients:
2 cups fresh, organic raspberries
3 3/4  cups white wine vinegar

instructions:
• rinse raspberries. pat dry.
• place raspberries in a 1 quart ball jar.
• pour vinegar into jar, covering the raspberries completely.
• place lid tightly on the jar.
• store in your pantry, 2 weeks.
• after two weeks, place a mesh strainer over a 2 quart glass measuring cup and strain the liquid.
• discard the raspberries.
• transfer vinegar into a clean glass container and store indefinitely.

 

{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

1 HeatherChristo February 9, 2012 at 3:01 pm

The vinegar is stunning! And all of these other delectable treats look wonderful as well!

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2 Norma Chang February 9, 2012 at 4:17 pm

Rasberries vinegar, so simple and brilliant pink, must make when my raspberries are ready. Thanks for sharing.

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3 Nancy@acommunaltable February 9, 2012 at 7:41 pm

I love this idea – truth be told by the time Valentine’s rolls around, I am over sweets so this would be perfect! Love the idea of saving the jars – definitely going to have to give that a try!

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4 Lori @ RecipeGirl February 9, 2012 at 9:08 pm

I love this idea completely! How cute for my son’s teacher!

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5 Allison [Girl's Guide to Social Media] February 10, 2012 at 5:02 am

Raspberry vinegar. I imagine that tastes amazing!! Thanks for the idea. I really enjoyed browsing the Valentine’s Day round-up too.

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6 Deliciously Organic February 10, 2012 at 9:04 am

Love this idea! Btw, I love your redesign. I know it’s been up for a while, but I forgot to tell you. Gorgeous!!

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7 Susan February 10, 2012 at 10:18 am

Thanks, Carrie! Still a work in progress, but almost there! xx

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8 Marla February 10, 2012 at 9:23 am

Such an elegant homemade vinegar for Valentine’s Day! Thanks for such a great round up & for including my fruit on a stick! xo

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9 Mb February 10, 2012 at 3:13 pm

do you think regular white vinegar would work? how about apple cider vinegar or maybe balsamic?

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10 Toni @ Boulder Locavore February 11, 2012 at 6:52 am

Such a great idea! I make my own vinegar and have shared that but adding berries for Valentine’s day is such a clever idea. Great suggestion about saving containers too!

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11 Susan February 11, 2012 at 5:21 pm

Toni, saving my glass jars is a life saver. I use them for EVERYTHING!! My kids cannot wait to give the bottles of vinegar to their teachers on Tuesday! Happy V-Day!

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12 Esi February 12, 2012 at 2:21 pm

What a lovely gift to give to anyone who cooks.

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13 Sandy January 1, 2013 at 10:14 pm

Can this be done with other berries? Or other fruit? I have recently started to go on a pre-wedding-dress-shopping diet and have been looking for several vinegar recipes to dress up my salads.

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14 Susan January 2, 2013 at 7:45 am

Hi Sandy – I would assume that blueberries would work. I make a lot of my own dressings and always have. One of my most favorite and most simple is this one: http://www.theurbanbaker.com/salad-wednesday-chopped-tuna-salad/ I put it on everything. The leftovers, I put on chick peas or fennel and keep in the fridge for easy snacking. Good luck with the nuptuals – I am sure you will be a beautiful bride.

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15 Nan G March 9, 2014 at 9:03 am

I love making citrus vinegar the same way using orange and lemon peels, so I can’t wait to try a raspberry version. My only suggesion would be, instead of discarding the vinegary fruit, grind it up in your garbage disposal to freshen it. Works for the citrus peels… Thanks for sharing!

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