Fruity Vinegars

by Maggie Battista on September 11, 2013

in All Recipes, Condiments, Featured, Fruit

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Hello, everyone! I know summer is moments from it’s curtain call but, honestly, thank goodness for autumn. Besides the local apples, thick soups and spiked hot drinks that come with the season, the best treat will be a well-earned break.

I’ve barely kept up with the relay race of summer produce. How about you? Just when I finally got around to using up the rhubarb, strawberries brightened, fast and furious. The jam wasn’t even canned when blackberries and raspberries added to the harvest pile. And then bushels of peaches perked up, sweet and soft and too quick to ripen. It was enough to seriously drown me in daily late night canning projects.

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One night while pickling, I tossed some too ripe fruit into white wine vinegar and – voilà – my life instantly eased. Every week, extra ripe fruit now becomes bright fruity vinegar. Rhubarb, strawberry, blackberry and raspberry vinegars glisten from the shelf. With a snipped length of ribbon and a swipe of a marker, they’re my instant last minute gifts.

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Fruit vinegar is definitely a cure-all of sorts to dull weeknight meals. I use it to lighten up salads and love a little rhubarb vinegar added to a pan sauce for roast pork. This basic fruit vinegar recipe isn’t sweetened but mixed with a little simple syrup, a quick fruit shrub emerges; it’s great with bubble water and a bit of booze. After all, we’ve earned it, right?

Oh, and if you’re curious as to what happened with the canvas that we used for these photographs, well, I can’t bring myself to wash it – I love all the colorful speckles!

The recipe is below… and just in case you want to talk fruit vinegars or other small batch food this weekend, I’ll be sampling and selling food from our shop at Anthropologie – come say hello!

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Fruit Vinegar Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 part fruit (picked over, cleaned, stemmed and chopped into 1-inch chunks, as needed)
  • 1 part white wine vinegar

Directions:

  1. Sterilize a large glass jar and lid. Set aside.
  2. In a pot over medium heat on the stove, combine the fruit and the vinegar.
  3. Smash and stir the mixture with a fork to help break up the fruit and distribute a little color.
  4. Bring to a gentle boil and boil for 1 minute. Remove from the heat and let cool just a few minutes.
  5. Pour the warm mixture into your sterilized jar and store it away on a shelf for 5 days.
  6. Strain the vinegar from the fruit – toss the fruit – and pour the vinegar into a newly sterilized jar.
  7. Store on a dark shelf and use liberally within six months, or gift it to friends all season.

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Photos taken by Heidi Murphy/White Loft Studio. Special thanks to the ladies of Foret Design for lending me those beautiful silk ribbons.

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Maggie Battista

Founder at Eat Boutique
Maggie, is the founder of Eat Boutique. She started Eat Boutique as a blog in 2007, and sold out of her first gift box of small batch independent food in 2009. Maggie continues to offer unique and delicious handmade food in tasting subscriptions and seasonal gift boxes for food fans and home cooks. Maggie also hosts Eat Boutique Markets, where she spotlights cookbook authors and food makers. She’s written for Style Me Pretty, Food52, Time Out New York, Spencer Magazine, and writes a cocktail column for the popular wedding blog, Snippet & Ink. Maggie's also created retail experiences for the largest floral and event design company in New England. She regularly travels far distances to find the next great chef, farmer, food maker or host. You can follow her worldwide – and homemade – gastronomic adventures on Twitter at @mizmaggieb or @eatboutique. Maggie's writing her first-ever cookbook Food Gift Love to be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in fall 2015.

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  • Sue@the view from Great Island

    I made fruit vinegars all summer with a little different method. Love them, and plan to keep the love going all winter with new fruits…great post!

    • http://www.eatboutique.com Maggie

      What was your method Sue? I love learning new ways…! xox

  • http://www.foodmanna.blogspot.sg/ Sandra @ Foodmanna

    Thank you for sharing such a wonderful simple recipe. I love fruity vinegars with salads and this just brighten my many salad bowls to come.

    • http://www.eatboutique.com Maggie

      You’re so welcome, Sandra! I made a blackberry version on vacation for the week’s salads – so good. Enjoy ! xox

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