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Homemade Rhubarb Vinegar is a great way to use up some of your excess rhubarb in the summer. Step by step tutorial and uses too!

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Rhubarb is a fleeting early summer vegetable with a tart, crisp, one-of-a-kind flavor. It is most often used like a fruit in recipes.

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Depending on the climate you live in, rhubarb is generally ready to harvest from the end of May until late June.

This is precisely the reason that you want to make the most of rhubarb season and do everything you can possibly think of with it, to preserve that one of a kind flavor for later in the year.

Rhubarb vinegar in canning jar with rhubarb leaves and petioles.

Edible parts of rhubarb plant

An important thing to note is the leaf stalks (petiole) and only the leaf stalks are edible on the rhubarb plant. The leaves and roots contain oxalic acid and are poisonous.

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What you need

You only need 2 ingredients to make this rhubarb vinegar.

  • chopped rhubarb
  • mild vinegar; white vinegar or white wine vinegar

If you don’t have any white vinegar, you could use apple cider vinegar, but you won’t get the full flavor of the rhubarb.

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How to make it

  • Chop rhubarb into pieces.
  • Place vinegar in non reactive pan. Add vinegar. Boil for a few minutes.Chopped rhubarb and vinegar in saucepan.Pin
  • Add vinegar and rhubarb to clean, sterile, quart canning jar. Cover jar with paper towel secured with rubber band. Place in cool dark place for 7-10 days.
  • Place cheesecloth inside of strainer, place over bowl and pour in vinegar and rhubarb to drain.
  • Place rhubarb vinegar in clean, sterile glass canning jar. Store in cool, dark place at least 6 months.
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Uses for rhubarb vinegar

Use this infused vinegar anywhere you would use other types of vinegar.

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Other delicious uses for rhubarb

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Tools I use

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Homemade Rhubarb Vinegar

Homemade Rhubarb Vinegar is a great way to use up some of your excess rhubarb in the summer. Step by step tutorial and uses too!
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5 from 8 votes
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Course: Condiment
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Fermenting time: 7 days
Total Time: 7 days 10 minutes
Servings: 32 tablespoons
Calories: 4kcal
Author: Beth Neels
Cost: $3



  • Chop rhubarb into small pieces.
  • Add rhubarb to vinegar in small, non reactive pan. Bring to boil.
  • Boil 2-3 minutes.
  • Pour all of the ingredients into a canning jar. Cover with paper towel, secured by a rubber band, or use fermenting lid.
  • Place in cool, dark place for about 7 days.
  • Cut a piece of cheesecloth and line colander.
  • Drain contents of jar into cheesecloth.
  • Store in clean, sterilized glass canning jar, in cool dark place for about 6 months.
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Makes 2 cups.
Store up to 6 months.
Uses for rhubarb vinegar
  • rhubarb vinaigrette
  • salad dressings
  • for dipping french fries
  • rhubarb shrub
  • Basting chicken or fish


Serving: 1tablespooon | Calories: 4kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 22mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 8IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. 5 stars
    My parents have a huge patch of rhubarb, so I grew up enjoying rhubarb in lots of different ways. I have never tried rhubarb vinegar, however. It looks like an easy recipe. Can’t wait to try it!

  2. This is so easy! I never thought about flavoring vinegar on my own for a salad. I am going to have to get some rhubarb next time I go grocery shopping to try this out!

  3. 5 stars
    This is absolutely delicious! I love that it’s such a crowd pleaser for the whole family

  4. 5 stars
    What a brilliant idea! I’ll bet this rhubarb vinegar is so good in your summer salad dressings. Love that color too!

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