Blackberry Vinegar is a great way to use up leftover blackberries, which I always have when we go blackberry picking as we never fail to pick more than we need!
I bet you’re wondering what blackberry vinegar is though, aren’t you?
Well, it’s nothing fancy, it’s literally blackberry infused vinegar but it makes an amazing salad dressing and is said to ward off a cold if you drink a teaspoon a day in hot water when you feel the cold coming on. I can vouch for the first one but the second, I suspect is nothing more than an old wives tale although I’ll try anything to stop a full on cold! 😉
It’s also very easy to make, costs practically nothing and looks amazing in a homemade gift hamper.
How to make homemade blackberry vinegar
There’s no specific measurements to this recipe as it depends on the size bottle you’re using and how many blackberries you have. Basically, I just stuff as many blackberries into a small bottle as I can squish in and then fill the bottle to the top with white wine vinegar.
Then I just leave it for a couple of days before I strain it through a cheap coffee filter or as I did today when I didn’t have any left (after using them all for the homemade vodka) you could use a potato ricer.
You need to give them a good smush about with the back of a wooden spoon, but try to be careful if you’re using a potato ricer like I was as it won’t catch all the little bits so you might end up with a few in your finished blackberry vinegar.
Next you need to pop your blackberry vinegar into a pan and for every half pint (300ml) of liquid you need to add 200g of sugar. I know, that’s a lot but bear in mind that you only have small amounts of this at a time so it’s not as bad as it sounds.
You can then turn the heat on a medium heat and stir frequently until the mixture begins to bubble, simmer for 2 minutes and then take off the heat to cool.
Once it’s cool you can pour it into the bottle you’re going to use to store it in and voila, you have homemade blackberry vinegar!