Blackberry Vinegar Recipe

Blackberry (Rubus fruticosus) vinegar is fantastic added to salad dressings. It can also be used as a thirst quencher on a hot day and is excellent as a hot drink when you have a cold or the flu.

When you notice a cold looming, take 1 tablespoon of blackberry vinegar in a cup of hot water, or drink 2-3 cups a day if your cold is full-blown.

Step 1

Pick 1lb of blackberries. Remove the stalks, use only the berries.

Step 2

Put the blackberries in an earthenware dish. Make sure they are no more than 2 inches deep.

Step 3

Pour on enough cider vinegar to cover them.

Step 4

Now cover with a dish and leave for 3 to 5 days, depending on how time-strapped you are. Leaving them longer will simply impart a stronger bramble flavour.

Step 5

Now grab a muslin bag (a jelly bag is perfect for this), and strain the blackberries for twelve hours.

Step 6

Get a saucepan, and for every 1/2 pint of juice, add 1/2lb of sugar.

Step 7

Bring the liquid up to boil, while at the same time stirring until all the sugar has dissolved. Once boiling, simmer for five minutes.

Step 8

If a frothy scum (sounds appealing!) appears on the top of the blackberry liquid, skim it off.

Step 9

Wait for the liquid to cool before pouring into a suitable bottle.

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