After a tiring morning of chewing fallen crab-apples and chasing fuzzy bees around the lawn, an exhausted Rosie (puppy) climbed up onto my lap as I sat on the garden bench and fell asleep in my arms, cradled like a baby. She looked so beautifully serene and felt so wonderfully soft all I could do was gaze at her lovingly and wonder how I would ever manage to let her go home next week. The sun was shining (for what seems like the first time this summer), my garden was growing and I was feeling amazingly content. As I was blissfully gazing down at my slumbering, golden spaniel she slowly opened her eyes. Looking up at me, she blinked a little, stretched out her furry wee legs and then bit me hard on the nose.
With a swollen nose-tip I headed in doors muttering furiously and followed by an annoyingly jaunty puppy. No way she was getting any of my raspberry vinegar. No way she would want it either, but that was not the point!
When I first decided to make raspberry vinegar I expected the colour to be intense but for the fruity flavour to be subtle. In fact, both the colour and the raspberry flavour are pronounced. Not entirely sure what I’ll be using this for other than dressing green salads but I am extremely glad I made it.
250 ml vinegar
2 punnets of raspberries (i.e. quite a lot)
Peel of half a lemon
A big jar
- Pour the vinegar into a jar. Add lots of raspberries and the lemon peel.
- Use a spoon to crush up the berries. Leave for two days, shaking occasionally (not sure this is necessary but it’s fun).
- Remove raspberries with a slotted spoon and add more.
- Again use a spoon to crush the berries and leave for 3 days.
- Pour berry liquid through a sieve (or strain through muslin or cheesecloth a couple of time if you want a clear vinegar – I liked the cloudiness).
- Store in an air tight container (e.g. jar, bottle).
This should keep for up to a year. The strained version definitely will. Wondering if the sediment in my preferred cloudy version will affect the shelf life? Any ideas?
P.S. Just discovered how difficult photographing glass is!