This recipe would be appropriate in summer during the raspberry season in most places. But the truth is you crave summer in winter the most. Add some sunshine and warmth to your day and dive into this great raspberry vinegar DIY article.
You definitely should make it later, when raspberries will be in their peak season. So don’t forget to save the recipe.
If you ask, what is so special about this vinegar and why you can’t simply buy it?
It’s special because of its rich and fruity aroma that mixes nicely in green salads with blue cheese, nuts, and fruits or adds a Picante punch to the cocktails (as sugar-free substituted for raspberry shrub).
You can easily find it in many stores. Amazon has dozens of different brands of raspberry vinegar. But all of them are pricy. You will save a lot by making your own, especially if you have raspberries in your backyard. And if you have a backyard but not raspberry bushes, then your task for the next growing season will be to get some, as fall raspberry bushes will be one of the best plants to have in the backyard in terms of space and amount of care they need and harvest they produce.
That's how my 3-day harvest from 21'x1' plot in a peak season looks like (around 4 lb)
Plus raspberry vinegar is super easy to make and doesn’t require any fancy ingredients or equipment.
Raspberry Vinegar Recipe
- Jar with lid – the size depends on how many raspberries you have or how much raspberry vinegar you want to make.
- Strainer – when raspberry vinegar is ready you need to separate solids from liquid, you need a fine strainer or cheesecloth to do that
- Glass bottle – to store your vinegar
- Funnel – for easy transfer of your vinegar to the bottle.
- Raspberries – the fresher and the riper, the better, washed and drained.
- Vinegar – Any vinegar will work, but my personal preference is unfiltered apple cider vinegar for additional flavor.
How to make:
- Transfer raspberries to the jar, do not pack tightly, and leave one inch or more to the top.
- Pour vinegar over, covering berries completely.
- Put the lid on the jar and keep it in a dark cool place for at least a week or up to a month.
- Shake every a couple of days.
- After a week or whenever you remembered about your future vinegar, strain the liquid into the glass bottle. Discard solids. Keep your raspberry vinegar in a cool dark place or better in the fridge.
Is Raspberry Vinegar Healthy?
Does an apple a day really keep the doctor away? Yes, it does! As has been noted in several sources, all calories are not created equal and not all calories are created equal when it comes to healthy eating. One of the most common sources of calories to gain weight is sugar, which is packed full of calories and may be high in sugar alcohols, aspartame, and high fructose corn syrup.
When you look at the sugar content of a 100% apple, you may find that a 100% apple, which has 9 grams of sugar in it, is actually less than a 12-ounce soda. In a 12-ounce soda, you could easily end up consuming 33 grams of sugar, which would certainly lead to high blood sugar levels and weight gain. Apple, however, has all the benefits of a sugar-laden apple, but none of the drawbacks, and it is a great source of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
It is better to keep it in the fridge as some fermentation can continue to go in the vinegar. You can hear a pop (as with Champagne or beer) when opening a bottle with vinegar. That’s normal and safe. But keeping vinegar in the fridge will slow down this process.
Nerdy Note: You want to keep your vinegar's acidity (pH) below 4.0 to stop any bad bacteria growth. You can check acidity with pH strips that cost only a couple of bucks and can be bought here.
Raspberry shrub can be easily made out of raspberry vinegar, but let’s keep it for a separate post.No form found To Subscribe to our newsletter
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