Wednesday, June 6, 2012

DIY Peach Vinegar

I love peaches.  Every year, I look forward to the peach trees on our family farm to ripen.  



I made three batches of jam this year as I usually do.  But this year, I tried something new.

Last winter, I was inspired to make peach vinegar after I read the book, "The Backyard Homestead".  So, I have been waiting for months for the peaches to ripen.

The process is super easy to do - especially when compared to making peach jam.

You will need the following:

Peaches
White wine vinegar
Glass jar with lid
Strainer
Paper towels



 First, remove the skins from the peaches.  
I usually blanch the peaches in boiling water for 45 seconds, which makes the peel come off easily, but since I need so few for the peach vinegar - I decided to peel them with a paring knife.



Roughly chop your peaches.  Plan on using 2 - 3 peaches per pint-sized jar.  Cut them into approximately 1" size.




Add chopped peaches and pour white wine vinegar until it reaches the top of your jar.


Place in a dark place for 4 weeks.

At least once a week, shake the jar to help mix the contents.


After a month has passed, pour out the mixture over a strainer to remove the peaches.  You can see that the white wine vinegar has taken on the beautiful color of the peaches.


Although the diced peaches have been removed, the peach vinegar needs to be strained through a coffee filter (or paper towel) to remove the remaining peach solids.


*I've found since making my first batch of fruit vinegar, that paper towels work better than coffee filters.


 
After straining the peach vinegar - pour into clean jars.  Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 months.

**After all this.... you may be wondering what you can use peach vinegar for.  

It tastes wonderful when used on fruit salad and it makes a great pork glaze.  Peach vinegar also make delicious vinaigrette and marinades.  Some people even drizzle it over peach ice cream.

It makes a great homemade gift.  You don't even have to have a peach tree - you can find them in farmer's markets or at your local grocery store.  Just make sure they are ripe.

BUT, I use it for my 'TOP SECRET' Salad Dressing recipe.  
You can also use apple cider vinegar in place of the peach vinegar.

It has been in our family for years and I am going to break all the rules and risk being expelled from my family by sharing it with you...BUT here it is:

GRANDMA SMITH'S HOMEMADE SALAD DRESSING

I hope you enjoy this delicious family recipe!

4 comments:

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rosiemomma said...

I can't wait for the Top Secret Recipe! I promise not to tell ANYONE!

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