Raspberry vinegar is a delicious and versatile condiment. Use it to add a sweet and tangy flavor to lots of dishes.
It’s incredibly easy to make at home, with just a few simple ingredients, three ingredients, and a bit of patience. Here are step-by-step instructions for making raspberry vinegar at home, from selecting the best berries to bottling up the finished product.
This project is so easy, even for a beginner. It is a fun and rewarding DIY project that will add new dimensions to your cooking repertoire. So let’s get started!
Why make it?
There are several reasons to make raspberry vinegar at home:
- Cost-effective: Making it at home is much more cost-effective than buying it at the store, especially if you can access fresh raspberries.
- Customizable: When you make it at home, you can customize the flavor by adjusting the sweetness or acidity to suit your taste.
- Quality control: Making raspberry vinegar at home allows you to control the quality of your ingredients, ensuring you have a high-quality, flavorful end product.
- Sustainability: Making raspberry vinegar at home reduces the need for single-use plastic bottles often used for store-bought vinegar, which is better for the environment.
- Fun and rewarding: Making raspberry vinegar at home is an easy, rewarding DIY project that allows you to learn new cooking skills and experiment with different flavors and ingredients.
What you need
- Raspberries: Use fresh, perfectly ripe berries for this project.
- Vinegar: Use white vinegar, white wine vinegar, or champagne vinegar. White vinegar is the most cost-effective choice.
- Sugar: It will depend on the sweetness of your particular berries and how ripe they are. You can adjust the sugar to taste.
How to make it
Sterilize a quart jar. Don’t use a metallic band. The vinegar can corrode the metal. If you don’t have a plastic lid, use a piece of waxed paper or plastic wrap to cover the jar. Secure it with a rubber band or the canning band.
Add the sugar to a medium saucepan.
Add the vinegar to the pan.
Heat over medium-low heat until the sugar melts. Stir it so that the sugar doesn’t stick to the pan.
Wash the raspberries. Place them in a large glass jar.
If you’re using previously frozen berries, place them in a bowl and refrigerate overnight to thaw.
Pour the sweetened vinegar over the berries in the jar. Cover the jar with a non-metallic lid. Let the jar steep in your pantry or a dark closet for about seven days.
Pour the vinegar through a fine-meshed strainer to remove the berries.
Then, pour the infused vinegar into sterilized bottles to store.
Your homemade raspberry vinegar is now ready to use! Store it in a cool place, without direct sunlight, for up to 6 months. Raspberry vinegar is excellent for salad dressings, marinades, sauces, and cocktails. Enjoy!
Uses for raspberry vinegar
- Salad dressing: Combine raspberry vinegar with olive oil, honey, and Dijon mustard for a delicious, tangy salad dressing. Or make a raspberry poppy seed dressing for your spinach salads.
- Marinade: Use it to marinate chicken or pork for a sweet and savory flavor.
- Sauce: Combine raspberry vinegar with sugar and cornstarch for a fruity sauce that pairs well with grilled meats.
- Cocktail: Mix it with vodka, simple syrup, and sparkling water for a refreshing, fruity cocktail.
- Dessert: Drizzle raspberry vinegar over vanilla ice cream or fresh berries for a unique and delicious dessert.
- Glaze: Drizzle on roasted vegetables, such as beets or carrots, using raspberry vinegar.
- Bread dipping: Mix it with olive oil and herbs for a tasty dip for bread.
- Gifting: Give decorative bottles as a holiday or hostess gift.
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Enjoy. And have fun cooking!
- Add sugar to the vinegar in small, non reactive pan over medium-low heat. Stir occasionally.2 cups white vinegar, ½ cup Sugar
- Wash berries if using fresh. If using frozen, thaw them in the refrigerator.3 cups raspberries, frozen or fresh
- Add berries to a canning jar. Cover with paper towel, waxed paper or plastic wrap secured by a rubber band, or use plastic lid.
- Place in cool, dark place for about 7-14 days.
- Cut a piece of cheesecloth and line colander.
- Drain contents of jar into cheesecloth. Discard pulp.
- Store in clean, sterilized glass canning jar, in cool dark place for about 6 months.
Uses for raspberry vinegar
- Raspberry vinaigrette
- Salad dressings -use whatever spices you like to make the dressing, like salt, pepper, dried parsley, and dill weed. Add a tablespoon of honey to make it a bit sweeter.
- A delicious dip for French fries
- Basting on chicken, and venison, pork, or fish. It’s especially good when grilling
- Raspberry shrub and cocktails, and cordials
- It’s great on fresh vegetables like beets (beetroot)
- It’s said to be a great remedy for common colds, coughs, and sore throats. Just drink a tablespoon of raspberry vinegar straight, or add a tablespoon to a cup of hot water and drink it like a tea.
Originally published May 1, 2023.
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