Monday, 4 April 2011

Pine needle vinegar

The problem lies with its ubiquity within the household cleaning/room fragrance market. One brings a fair amount of nasal baggage to the Pine table (not literally - ours is Beech); it's hard to shake off when you start to cook with it. I made a bottle of Pine needle syrup a couple of months ago - to be honest, it was like sucking on a Glade Plug In.

Pine needle vinegar is quite a different story. Subtract sweetness for acidity; the Pine notes are still there, but the results are far more interesting. It's pretty simple to make too.

Scots Pine needle vinegar
Cider or white wine vinegar
A bag of Scots Pine boughs

Remove the pine needles from the boughs and wash. Bring the vinegar to the boil, then allow to cool for a short while. While it's cooling, fill a sterilized bottle with Scots pine needles, then pour in the warm vinegar. Leave in a dark spot for about two months before using.


  1. So you don't get the resin flavour? I love unusual vinegars, so I will have to try this.

  2. Not that I've noticed MiMi; the Pine becomes more of a background element.

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