I had previously heard of making chive blossom vinegar somewhere on the Internet. And since I had a whole large colander full of the blossoms, it seemed a shame to throw them into the compost when I knew they could be put to use. And I do use a lot of vinegar for various things when I cook.
Chive blossom vinegar is incredibly easy to make. Soak and rinse your blossoms in cold water to remove any dirt particles or tiny critters. Then dry them off as best as you can - I used my salad spinner (which I must add is a great investment if you make lots of salads or eat lots of berries!)
Stuff a quart sized mason jar about 1/2 full with the blossoms. Fill the jar up the rest of the way with white vinegar. And, amazingly, that's it for a couple of weeks. Put lids on your jars and set them in a cool, dark place. I just put my jars on one of my pantry shelves.
As the solution sets, the vinegar will become infused with the mild oniony flavor of the blossoms. After 2-3 weeks, strain the vinegar, collecting the liquid portion. You can then discard the flowers. Store in a glass container like you would store any other vinegar.
As you can see, after only four days, my vinegar already has a pretty purplish hue to it.
I love being able to find uses for things that I would normally just throw out
Have a blessed Monday!