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Monica's favorite gear for
making Raspberry Vinegar
These wide mouth jars are great for making a large batch of raspberry vinegar. I also use them for chilling water, tea, & other beverages. They make handy cannisters, too.
It's easy to pour from these pretty bottles. They have a tight seal. Great for gifting bottles of vinegar.
These are a great size for gift bottles. They have a shaker top that is convenient for dispensing the vinegar.
An ultra-fine, all-cotton cheesecloth for straining all of the solids from the vinegar.
This is a handy tool for filling jars neatly, without spills.
White wine vinegar is pricier than regular white vinegar, but it has a richer flavor that I prefer for making raspberry vinegar.
These are an economical choice for making gift jars of vinegar. Click below for pint jars.
Also available: pint mason jars
These full size sheets work with both laser and ink-jet printers. Print a sheet of labels, cut them apart, and adhere them to jars or bottles for a polished finishing touch.
Also available: card stock for tags
This is my go-to mixing bowl. It's also handy for straining the vinegar. The strainer nests inside it perfectly.
Line this with cheesecloth and use it for straining the raspberries out of the vinegar.

Homemade Raspberry Vinegar

Two ingredients and two weeks are all it takes!


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Raspberry Vinegar

By Monica              makes 1-2/3 cups
This recipe is so easy--no mixing, stirring, or fussing. Simply combine 2 ingredients in a jar and wait two weeks. The beautiful result has a variety of uses in your kitchen; and it makes a great gift.

This recipe is so easy--no mixing, stirring, or fussing. Simply combine 2 ingredients in a jar and wait two weeks. The beautiful result has a variety of uses in your kitchen; and it makes a great gift.

Ingredients
  • 2 cups (16 oz) white wine vinegar
  • 1 cup fresh raspberries (or unsweetened frozen raspberries)

Directions
--Make this recipe in a mason jar, or something similar with an air-tight lid.
--Rinse and drain raspberries, removing any moldy bits; add to jar. Pour in vinegar, cover tightly. Store in cool dark place undisturbed for two weeks.
--Pour raspberries and liquid through a wire strainer that is lined with cheesecloth. Store finished raspberry vinegar in a tightly covered jars or bottles in cool, dark place (your pantry/cabinet should be fine). Keeps indefinitely; at least one year.

--MAKE A BIG BATCH. Triple the recipe using a 2-quart jar. This yields 5 cups of raspberry vinegar.
--GIFT IT. This beautiful vinegar can be divided into smaller bottles, tied with a bow, and given as gifts. Downloadable gift tags available in original post at www.theyummylife.com/blog/2011/06/202


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When I was in California visiting my sister, Nelda, she shared this easy recipe for making homemade raspberry vinegar. There's no cooking or stirring or fussing. Combine two ingredients, wait two weeks, and you'll have this beautiful vinegar ready to use in salad dressings and other recipes.

It has a long shelf life.
This vinegar will keep for a long time--at least a year. Some say it is still good after several years.

It makes a great gift.
The long shelf life makes this vinegar suitable to make up and keep on hand to use and give as gifts. In fact, you could make some raspberry vinegar now and get a headstart on holiday gifts. Wouldn't it be great to have this ready to give when December comes along? I'll share some recipes using this vinegar in upcoming posts that you could print and include with a gift bottle of this gorgeous stuff. You'll find downloadable gift tags at the end of this post, too.

It's good for you.
Raspberries are an antioxidant food, which means they help prevent damage to the body by protecting its cells and membranes. They contain several phytonutrients that give raspberries their beautiful color, and at the same time do everything from preventing bacterial growth in the intestines to preventing cancer. You can enjoy the health benefits of raspberries by eating them fresh or by preserving them in food products such as homemade raspberry vinegar.

It's versatile.
Raspberry vinegar can be used in a variety of salad dressings to add a fresh, delicious flavor. For recipes, check out my post about Two Raspberry Salad Dressings - Raspberry Vinaigrette and Raspberry Poppy Seed.


Step-by-step photos for making Raspberry Vinegar.

Step 1. Assemble white wine vinegar, fresh or frozen raspberries (make sure they're unsweetened), and a jar with a lid. In these photos, I'm making a triple batch using a 2 quart (half gallon) mason jar. 

view on Amazon:  2 quart mason jar;  white wine vinegar

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Step 2. Rinse and drain the raspberries and add them to the jar. I used a canning funnel to make the task easier and tidier.

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Step 3. Pour the vinegar into the jar. 

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Step 4. Screw on the lid and label it with the current date and the date 2 weeks away when the vinegar will be ready.

Step 5. Store the jar in a cool, dark place for 2 weeks. No need to stir or shake it. Just let it be. You don't have to do a thing for 2 whole weeks. (Told you it was easy!)

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After 2 weeks, the liquid in the jar will have this gorgeous color. The raspberries will look pretty anemic, because the liquid has absorbed their color.

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Step 6. Line a wire strainer with cheese cloth and place it over a bowl.

Step 7. Pour the contents of the jar into the strainer.

view on Amazon:  wire strainer,  cheese cloth

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The raspberry vinegar in the bowl is ready to transfer into bottles or jars and use or give as gifts. The "pickled" raspberries can be discarded; however, they are edible and can be stored in the fridge and added to salads. I'm not wild about them, personally; but you might want to taste one and see what you think. 

Mason jars are widely available and an easy container option. However, it's easier to pour from bottles, and they look prettier for gift giving. You can use any kind of bottle or jar, as long as they have an air-tight top. Cork top bottles are not recommended, because the cork is porous and will allow the liquid to slowly evaporate.

view on Amazon:  swing-top glass bottles5-oz shaker bottles (great size for gifts), pint mason jars,  half-pint mason jars

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Make it a gift! Homemade gifts from the kitchen are always appreciated. Not only is this raspberry vinegar beautiful and impressive, it is also inexpensive to make. And, you can see how easy it is. Anyone can make this. You can't go wrong.

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All you need is a tag and a little ribbon, and your gift is ready to give. I've designed 3 tags for you to choose from. Download, print, and you're ready to go.

Download printable jar labels/tags. 

  • Print these on card stock, cut them out, punch a hole in the corner, and hang them from the jar neck with a ribbon, string, or rubber band. 
  • Print them on sticker paper and stick them to the jar or lid. Or, print them on regular paper and stick them on with tape.

If you don't have a printer or specialty papers, you can have a store with printing services download and print them for you (Kinkos, Office Depot, Staples, etc.)

To download and print a full sheet of tags, simply click an image below.

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Below are links to some recipes that use this raspberry vinegar. If you give this vinegar as a gift, you can print out these recipes to accompany the vinegar.

2 Raspberry Vinaigrette recipes

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Grilled Chicken with Raspberry Rosemary Marinade recide
Grilled Raspberry Rosemary Chicken
 

Make it a Yummy day!

Monica

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Raspberry Vinegar
By Monica              Servings: makes 1-2/3 cups
Ingredients
  • 2 cups (16 oz) white wine vinegar
  • 1 cup fresh raspberries (or unsweetened frozen raspberries)
Directions
--Make this recipe in a mason jar, or something similar with an air-tight lid.
--Rinse and drain raspberries, removing any moldy bits; add to jar. Pour in vinegar, cover tightly. Store in cool dark place undisturbed for two weeks.
--Pour raspberries and liquid through a wire strainer that is lined with cheesecloth. Store finished raspberry vinegar in a tightly covered jars or bottles in cool, dark place (your pantry/cabinet should be fine). Keeps indefinitely; at least one year.

--MAKE A BIG BATCH. Triple the recipe using a 2-quart jar. This yields 5 cups of raspberry vinegar.
--GIFT IT. This beautiful vinegar can be divided into smaller bottles, tied with a bow, and given as gifts. Downloadable gift tags available in original post at www.theyummylife.com/blog/2011/06/202
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Reader Photos:

I love it when my readers try my recipes and send in their success stories. If you'd like to share a picture of a Yummy Life recipe, just email the picture to info@theyummylife.com and we'll see if we can include it on the site!

Thanks to the Yummy readers who shared these awesome photos they took when they made their own Raspberry Vinegar:

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This is an updated post that was originally published June 14, 2011.



Posted on Sunday, October 29th, 2017

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