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Easy-To-Make Infused Vinegars

Infused vinegars can be made with so many different items and have a variety of uses. Depending on the ingredients, try them as a salad dressing, meat or vegetable marinade, laundry rinse, household cleaner and even beauty care (hair rinse, body splash, etc.). I have several recipes below that you can make with ingredients ranging from fruits (raspberries, cranberries, citrus peels) to herbs, spices and even flowers.

A few tips before getting started:

Easy To Make

Easy To Make Using Assorted Herbs, Fruits, Flowers & Spices

Multipurpose Herb

*First published October 26, 2006 and moved to this page for better organization

Items Needed:

1 cup finely chopped mixed fresh herbs (try basil, chives, mint, parsley)
2 cups white wine vinegar
Heat resistant jar with lid
Spray bottle

Directions:

Uses:

Citrus Cleaner

*First published September 17, 2007

Found this great recipe in a file download from West Michigan Environmental Action Council (update: removed pdf link, it’s no longer available). I tried it and loved it–here’s what I did:

Make Your Own Citrus Cleaner With A Few Simple Ingredients

Make Your Own Citrus Cleaner With A Few Simple Ingredients

Tips:

Cranberry

*First published December 8, 2006 and moved to this page for better organization

Tipnut.comYou can use cranberry vinegar as a salad dressing, a meat marinade or drizzle over cooked poultry and meat for a nice flavor. You can also cook it down as a reduction sauce to spoon over meats and side dishes.

Here are a few recipes I have in my stash, each one is simple to make.

#1

1/2 cup dried cranberries
2 tablespoons sugar
3/4 cup water
3/4 cup Champagne vinegar
Pinch salt

Directions

Source: Emeril Lagasse [3]

#2 – Festive

1 quart white wine vinegar
2 cups fresh cranberries, divided into 1 cup portions
3 sticks cinnamon
1/2 cup honey
1 orange

Directions:

#3 – Quick & Easy

2 cups cider vinegar
1/4 cup fresh cranberries (crush lightly first)

Directions:

Raspberry Thyme

*First published February 20, 2008 and moved to this page for better organization

You Can Use Both Fresh or Frozen Raspberries

You Can Use Both Fresh or Frozen Raspberries

Try this on salads or drizzled over roast meats.

Ingredients:

4 cups white wine vinegar
2 cups raspberries (fresh or frozen, thawed)
1/4 cup sugar
4 sprigs fresh thyme (or 1 tsp dried)
1.5L jar, sterilized with lid

Directions:

Lavender

*First published December 1, 2006 and moved to this page for better organization

Both Fresh & Dried Lavender Buds Can Be Used

Both Fresh & Dried Lavender Buds Can Be Used

Lavender is a wonderfully fragrant herb that can be used in cooking. When combined with vinegar, it can also be used for cleaning. Looks pretty and smells nice!

Recipe:

Handful of Lavender flowers
1 Pint White Vinegar

#2

Raspberry & Lavender – #3

1 cup fresh raspberries
5 sprigs of Lavender (approx)
1 quart white wine vinegar
1/3 cup sugar

This would not be suitable for cleaning or beauty aids–cooking additive only.

#4

1 cup fresh lavender (or 1/2 cup dried)
2 tsp lemon zest
2 cups raw apple cider vinegar

#5

2 TBS dried lavender buds
2 cups red vinegar

Tips to making:

Uses for lavender vinegar:

Summer Floral Bath Splash

*First published June 1, 2009 and moved here for better organization

Ingredients:

How To Make Homemade Floral Bath Splash & Spritzer

How To Make Homemade Floral Bath Splash & Spritzer

Cider Vinegar
Distilled Water
Fresh flowers, herbs, aromatic leaves (pesticide free)

Directions:

Use in baths and as a skin spritz refresher on hot summer days.

Floral Ideas: Fresh geranium leaves, rosemary, lemon balm, rose petals, lavender

You’ll also find a recipe using rose petals listed here: Rose Petal Beauty Aids [4] (you’ll find it at the bottom of the page).

Need more ideas to make pretty bath spa items with your garden flowers? See How To Make Rose Water [5] (includes some for lavender too).