Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Amish Recipe Series... Amish Chive Vinegar

What language do the Amish speak?
In their homes and in conversations with each other, the Old Order Amish speak Pennsylvania Dutch, which is a dialect of German. We understand that it is similar to Platt that is spoken in parts of northern Germany. When children go to school they learn English. In their worship services the sermons are given in German. The German language, Deitch, is also taught in Amish schools.

Today's recipe... Remember... Disclaimer: The Amish don't always follow updated USDA canning methods, they follow methods passed down from generation to generation. Use this recipe at your own discretion, or adapt it to your own method. I am sharing these recipes EXACTLY as they were sent to me and take no responsibility for them.

Chive Vinegar

Found in mennonitegirlscancook

When chives are in bloom, make chive vinegar. In two weeks you'll have a vinegar that adds great flavour to salad dressings. I especially enjoy the addition of this vinegar in my potato salad dressing. To begin, sterilize a glass jar, then go and pick a bouquet of chives in bloom. Wash chives well and air dry. Fill jar 3/4 full with white vinegar, and add the dry chives.

Press chives into jar.

After 2 weeks the vinegar will be a nice soft pink. Using a cheesecloth strain the vinegar. Discard the chives and put the vinegar back into a clean jar. Store in a cool place. Chive vinegar has a stronger flavour so use it sparingly in place of regular vinegar in salad dressings and dip.

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