Chive Blossom Vinegar


Did you know that you can take the flowers from

your chives and make a wonderful tasting

vinegar with them? You can turn it into a vinaigrette

by mixing it with olive oil & salt and even drizzle

it over salad, fish or vegetables for an amazing flavor.






Pick enough flowers to fill a jar with a lid,

like a Mason jar. Pinch off the stems as close to

the blossoms as you can with your fingernail.

Place them into a bowl with cold water. Gently

swish the blossoms around to rinse them off.



Drain the water and place the blossoms

onto a clean, dry paper towel and let

them dry for a few minutes..



Pack the blossoms tightly into a clean jar.



In a small saucepan or the microwave, heat the

vinegar until warm. Cut a piece of parchment

paper to fit inside the jar. I traced the lid to get

the exact size I needed. Fill the jar with the

warm vinegar to 1/2″ from the top.



Place the parchment paper directly on top of

the vinegar making sure the blossoms

aren’t exposed to the air.



Place the lid on hand tight and set it on

the counter. Let it sit for five days.



You will notice the beautiful

color change of the vinegar.



After the 5th day, remove the lid and

the dispose of the parchment paper.



Pace two layers of cheese cloth into a strainer.



Slowly pour the blossoms and vinegar into

the strainer with a bowl underneath it. Gently

squeeze the blossoms with the cheesecloth to expel

the liquid being careful not to crush the blossoms.



You should have a clear and colorful vinegar

that is ready to use however you want.


Chive Blossom Vinegar



  • Chive blossoms to fill a jar.
  • Enough white vinegar to fill the jar
  • parchment paper
  • cheesecloth


  1. Pick enough blossoms to fill a jar that has a lid like a mason jar. Pinch off the stems as close to the blossom as possible.
  2. Place the blossoms into a bowl of water and gently swish to rinse off the blossoms.
  3. Put the blossoms onto a plate lined with clean paper towels and let dry a few minutes.
  4. Wash a jar and lid with clean, hot soapy water and rinse well or run them through the dishwasher.
  5. Warm the vinegar in the microwave or in a pan on the stove.
  6. Pack the blossoms tightly into the jar and pour the vinegar to within ½” from the top of the jar.
  7. Cut a piece of parchment paper to fit inside the jar. I traced the lid onto the parchment paper for a perfect fit.
  8. Place the parchment paper on the top making sure the blossoms are completely covered.
  9. Place the lid on and let the jar sit for five days on the counter.
  10. Remove the lid and parchment paper.
  11. Place a double layer of cheesecloth into a strainer and place the strainer over a bowl.
  12. Pour the flowers and vinegar slowly into the strainer. Gently squeeze the cheesecloth expelling the vinegar into the bowl.
  13. The vinegar should be clear. Use with salad, over fish or even over vegetables.

To make a vinaigrette follow below.


To make a vinaigrette add vinegar,

olive oil and salt (recipe below).



Shake well and serve.

Chive Blossom Vinaigrette



  • 1/4 cup Chive Blossom Vinegar
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • pinch of salt


  1. Place the ingredients above in a jar with a lid, shake well and serve. You can change the ratio of vinegar to oil to your own taste if you would like.


    • You’re welcome Laci and have fun! I have wanted to do this for years but I kept cutting the chives so they didn’t flower. This year I cut them and I swear they grew and flowered in a week!

  1. We grow chives all around our house. But consume or sell them before they ever have flowers. Will wait for flowers n try this.

    Thanks, Diane.

    • I love doing that. I will try anything once. Have you ever had pickled watermelon rind? My mother in law said I am the only person she ever knew that can use the entire watermelon…lol By the way, they taste amazing!

    • The chive flavor was infused into the vinegar. I could really taste it but I don’t eat raw onions. My husband can eat an entire onion raw so to him he didn’t taste it as much as I did. I really enjoyed it with the vinaigrette recipe I posted over a salad.

  2. I was just telling my friend that she should make some chive vinegar…I’ll send her a link to how you did it. 😀

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