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Raspberry Vinegar

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This is my first Instructable and English is not my native language.
So please bear with me and my poor spelling :-)

I will show how to make your own Raspberry Vinegar to spice up your salad, marinate, desserts/afters etc.

Step 1: Ingredients

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  • 300 gr frozen (or fresh) Raspberry
  • 165 gr white Sugar
  • 365 ml of vinegar (I use Cider Vinegar)
  • 1 tablespoon of dried yeast

Step 2: Mix Sugar and Vinegar

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  • Pour the vinegar in a saucepan on the stove
  • Heat it up and dissolve the sugar in the liquid, while stirring with a spoon
  • Do not boil it - just heat until the sugar vanish

Step 3: Mix vinegar & raspberry and and yeast

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  • Mix the hot vinegar in a bowl with the thaw out raspberries
  • Add 1 tablespoon of dried yeast and stir well

Step 4: Fermentation

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  • Cover the bowl with some kitchen roll
  • Lay a lid on (leave a gap, so air from the fermentation can escape)
  • Let the mix stand at roomtemperature for two days

Step 5: Sieve the mix

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  • Sieve the mix in a strainer
  • Stir well until the juice has left the the mix
  • Prepare some boiling water in a kettle
  • Pour the mashed raspberries in a small cup/bowl
  • Cover the mash with boiling water and let it cool down
  • Sieve out the water and mix it with the vinegar

Now the vinegar is ready for bottlening

Step 6: Bottlening

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  • Get some bottles with screw- or flip top
  • Clean the bottles well
  • It is easier to fill the bottles if you pour from a jug

Step 7: Labels

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  • Use your favourite editor to make the label
  • Print it on ordinarily paper
  • Spray the print with some waterproofing preparation (Same thing as you would use for your shoes.) This make your labels more resistant for greasy fingers in the kitchen
  • Cut the labels with a scissor. I use one thats make a pattern when you clip. (Found in my daughters playroom :-)
  • Glue the label to the bottle Instead of a glue stick you can use milk or wallpaper paste

Note: "Hindb�r Eddike" is the danish word for Raspberry Vinegar

Step 8: Finish!

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The product is now finish and ready to use in your kitchen or as a hostess gift.

Instead of Raspberry try the same method with:
  • Blackberry
  • Blueberry

 
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theblackeye3 years ago
This recipe is inspiring - and Danish too - very cool.

At university I learned that vinegar is made first with an alcoholic yeast fermentation of whatever sugar (from fruit, malted grain etc), then the vinegar fermentation from a bacterial culture. This could happen in the same vat or bowl.

I have made good wine, but never vinegar.

I think your recipe works because you made raspberry wine then added vinegar, or maybe picked up the vinegar bacteria from the air or the utensils.

May I suggest some modifications?

1) I would dissolve the sugar in a bit of water then add to the raspberries. Let it rise to room temperature. This is the mixture for the "wine" part.

2) Add some wine yeast per the packet's instructions, not bread yeast. Ask a home-winemaker for advice.

3) Add a "Mother of Vinegar" found at the bottom of a bottle of good vinegar. It looks like a cloudy layer or blob in the otherwise clear vinegar at the bottom. You can buy Mother of Vinegar at health food stores, and once you have it, it can be reused for the next batch.

4) Don't seal you bottles for at least two weeks. Even then, pressure can build up in the bottle, so periodic loosening is a good idea. You could use a winemakers' "airlock" to let the bubbles out.

Raspberries alone are not high in acid, so I can see that adding a bottle of vinegar might make up for this. But as it could also be the source for the "Mother", I wouldn't heat it up as that could kill off the good bacteria.f

I'm going out right now to get some fresh raspberries!
9400dk (author)  theblackeye3 years ago
Thanks for good and inspiring comment :-)

From my beerbrewing experience I now, that wild fermentation can make your "brew" bad.
I newer thought of the idea to use a mother from a bought winegar - thanks for the tip. I will try that when making the next batch.
Combine with an airlock like http://candlewineproject.files.wordpress.com/2009/12/airlock.jpg 
we keep control of bacterias going in to the bottle during fermentation

Even though above first try turned out good and was made with normal items from my household. But when making food control of the process is always important.


















Yeah, you are on the right track if you already brew, and what good Dane doesn't brew and/or distill? My Danish in-laws used to have a share in a neighbourhood still.

My understanding is that the vinegar is made from wine or fruit wine or beer using the mother. Or the wine/beer is fermented at the same time as the vinegar. I understand that Balsamic is made from boiled grape juice into which the yeast AND the mother are introduced and fermented for years.

Yes, airlocks are good unless you are lucky with wild fermentations. I plan to use a pure yeast and mother combination.

I ran out and got 10 Kg of raspberries and a Riesling wine kit. I'll come up with some way of mixing up the batch then fermenting. I have a mother from some Gewurtztraminer Vinegar from the Okanagan in BC, Canada.

I also ran out and spent $50 CAD for two small bottles of good raspberry vinegar. One is German Himbeer and sour and awesome, the other is Italian and made in the Balsamic style. It is sweet and awesome.

Yours was the best recipe I found on the internet. All of the others are just flavoured vinegar. Thanks!
Batness3 years ago
Thanks for the post! I've been wanting to try some of this, but can't justify paying so much at my local gourmet food store. :D

It would be helpful though to put what KIND of yeast you are using; in the United States there are several kinds available at the grocery store, and someone might use the wrong kind.
9400dk (author)  Batness3 years ago
I used a yeast that normally is used for baking bread.

It is produced by http://danisco.com but unfortunately I haven´t been able to find any information about this product on their homepage
daliad1005 years ago
Isn't this just in short: raspberry wine gone sour?
A lot of vinegars are made of "wine gone sour." Apple cider is one of the best known commercial fruit varieties, but I mean. Where do you think red wine vinegar comes from? :)
Awesome instructable!! and you english is spot on, better than some native english people. Many Thanks!!!
9400dk (author)  Travellinman5 years ago
Thanks a lot Travellinman ! Back in state school I did not get the mark I hope for :-)
depotdevoid6 years ago
What a great idea! I use raspberry vinegar as a marinade for steaks and london broil, as well as a topping for salads. Sometimes, when no one is looking, I take a tiny sip out of the bottle because it is SOOOOOO delicious. I use the store bought stuff, but it's really expensive, and sometimes they don't even have any. I will definitely be using your method to make some of my own. Thanks for a very useful idea. Your instructable was simple and easy to understand, and if English isn't your native language, you are certainly better at it than I would be at your language!
9400dk (author)  depotdevoid6 years ago
Yes - the Raspberry Vinegar is way to expensive when you buy it. But my reason for making it myself is because we can and I like to know what is in my food. Thanks a lot for your gentle comment :-)
omnibot6 years ago
Oooohh .. never tried raspberryvinegar. I likes. Hmm .. think I have some blueberrys and lingonberrys in the freezer.
LinuxH4x0r6 years ago
Seems a little odd to me, but I bet its really good! I'd love to try this stuff.
Browncoat6 years ago
Hmmm... Sounds interesting!