Five Uses for Violet Vinegar

How to Make Violet Vinegar & 5 Ways to Use It


Infused vinegars are so pretty to look at, but they don’t do much good just sitting in your cabinet! Today, I want to talk about making violet infused vinegar and five easy ways you can use it.

I’ve also included a printable tag, like the one shown in the picture. You can either print it on thick paper, punch a hole in it and tie it on with some ribbon or you could print it on sticker paper and label your bottle. To access a pdf of that printable tag, click HERE. (Note: I only made one row of them, so as not to waste ink. If anyone wants a full page, just let me know in the comments.)

 

Wild Violets

Violet Vinegar Recipe

To make Violet Infused Vinegar, you just need some fresh violets and vinegar. I like the pretty color to show through, plus I like using vinegar for culinary uses, so I use white wine vinegar. Apple cider vinegar is another excellent choice.

  • Go out and pick some fresh violets from unsprayed areas. Don’t pick to the point where no flowers are left, always leave some for the bees! You can rinse the flowers if you wish. (I don’t because I inspect as I pick.)
  • Fill your jar about half full of violets. Pour vinegar over them and cap with a non-metallic lid. Vinegar will corrode metal, so if that’s the only type of cap you have, use a layer of plastic wrap between it and the vinegar.
  • Let this sit for a week or two in a cool, dark place. The vinegar will take on a gorgeous deep magenta hue. Sunlight will fade the colors faster than time alone.
  • Strain the vinegar and store for a year, possibly longer, in a glass container.

 

Wild Violet Vinegar

That’s it! Easy, peasy. Now, for some ideas of ways you can use this:

1.) Vinegar Baths

Vinegar baths are great at easing aches and pains. Violets add an extra layer of skin soothing and anti-inflammatory properties. If you add some Epsom salts to the mix, the synergy becomes even more powerful. Add about 1/2 to 1 cup of vinegar (and equal amounts of Epsom salts, if desired) to your water as it’s running.

If you have tired, achy feet, try a vinegar foot bath, as described above. Just reduce the amounts in proportion to the smaller amount of water in a foot tub.

 

2.) Wasp Stings

Wasp stings are alkaline in nature, so vinegar is the perfect antidote for neutralizing the venom and erasing the pain. Simply soak a cotton ball or small piece of cloth in violet vinegar and hold on the sting until the pain subsides. This usually happens within minutes. Remember, bee stings can be serious, so if you have a life threatening allergy to them, be sure to use appropriate medical treatments as well.

 

3.) Sunburn

A classic remedy for sunburn is vinegar, diluted with equal parts of water. I’ve mentioned this before in my post on Rose Petal Vinegar. Violets have an affinity for healing and soothing the skin and helping combat inflammation so are a perfectly equal substitution for rose petals in the treatment of sunburn. If you keep a small spray bottle of your vinegar/water solution in the fridge, it will cool the skin even more.

 

4.) Hair Rinse

Vinegar makes a terrific hair rinse! Violet Vinegar can ease itchy scalp & fungal infections, assist in removing soap residue, and can help control dandruff. Dilute with equal parts of water and pour over hair after shampooing. No need to rinse it out!

 

Violet Vinaigrette

5.) Violet Vinaigrette

I thought I’d throw one edible violet vinegar recipe in here! Violet flowers are high in vitamin C and A, not to mention are known for helping fight oral cancer, fibrocystic breast disease, respiratory issues and sore throats. Adding violets to your salad dressing (and salads) is quite a palatable way to enjoy their benefits!

To make the vinaigrette: Combine 3 tablespoons oil, 2 tablespoons violet vinegar, 1 tablespoon crumbled bacon, 1/2 tablespoon chopped onion, 1 teaspoon maple syrup and salt and pepper to taste. Shake together in a jar and let stand for twenty or thirty minutes so the flavors meld together. Shake again and pour over your salad. Yum!

 

There you go! Five easy ways to use up that gorgeous vinegar and get added healing and nutrition in the process!

 

If you like this post, you may also like some of my other DIY violet projects:

Violet Leaf Balm   Violet Leaf Cough Syrup   Homemade Violet Jelly

 

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23 Responses to Five Uses for Violet Vinegar

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  2. Angela says:

    Gorgeous! Love how you gave us some many ideas for using violet vinegar.

  3. Valarie Jennings says:

    Another use for vinegar is for the terrible itching of tick bites. It works better and lasts longer than any thing else I have tried. I get ticks at least once a week and usually use apple cider vinegar but will make some violet vinegar and try it. Beautiful pictures and great information.

    • Jan says:

      That’s a great idea Valarie! We are already having a time with ticks this year, so that’s a handy trick to know!

  4. Georgia says:

    This is absolutely perfect for my lavender vinegar cleaner that I use. I use white vinegar with lavender oil (antibacterial) and it bugs me that it’s clear so I drop a drop of purple food coloring in it. I like still having a purple tint and eliminating the drop of lousy coloring! Thanks for sharing…your pictures are beautiful!

  5. Farmer Doug says:

    Hi Jan. And here I thought white vinegar was only good for killing moss between patio stones or (mixed with baking soda) to clear a clogged bathroom drain! Thanks so much for this in-depth information.

  6. Carol says:

    I have lots of violets in my yard. Thank-you for sharing so many good ideas!

    • Jan says:

      Hi Carol – I’m glad you found some ideas for your violets! I always feel like I never have enough! I’ve been trying to spread them to other areas around my house the past few years. They have so many great uses; plus they are pretty to look at! :)

  7. Michelle says:

    Thanks for the great recipe. I am a little unsure of the storing for 1 yr. Is that the shelf life or how long it needs to sit before using? Can’t wait for springtime!

    • Jan says:

      Hi Michelle, I can’t wait for spring either!! :) You can use it a week or two after making. The one year is just the suggested shelf life of how long it should stay fresh. It could actually last much longer than that, but the color tends to fade over time.

  8. I would like to make violet vinegar and want to ask you about my white wine vinegar. It’s from a winery and is strong-70- grain. I made a test batch and thought the vinegar as is was a little too strong, that it masked the violet flavors. Should I dilute it? and by how much?

    Thanks so much. Want to know quickly because my flowers are in bloom. Thanks so much.

    • Jan says:

      Hi Catherine!

      I did a bit of looking around Google and found a few formulas that might help you figure out dilution.

      Using the formula from this site: http://www.fleischmannsvinegar.com/Industrial-FAQs.aspx

      Take the beginning amount of vinegar (in any unit) x vinegar grain strength / desired strength (5% would be a good targete) – beginning amount of vinegar = total amount of water to be added

      So, if you start with 2 ounces of vinegar you would have: 2 oz x 70 grain / 5 – 2 oz = 26 ounces of water you can add to dilute 2 ounces of your 70 grain vinegar.

      That seemed like a lot of dilution! So, I looked at another formula here: http://www.countrysidemag.com/83-4/countryside_staff/
      “If you want 5% vinegar, measure the strength of what you have made, subtract five, divide the result by five, then add that fraction of a gallon of water to each gallon of the homemade vinegar.”

      (Scaled down to ounce instead of gallon) you would take 70 grain – 5 = 65 / 5 = 13 then add that fraction to each ounce. So for every ounce you would add 13 ounces of water. Which brings us to 26 ounces of water for 2 ounces which is exactly the amount I got with the other formula.

      All that slightly mind numbing math to say that you can dilute it with quite a bit of water and still be fine. I would refrigerate what you make though and keep an eye on possible shortened shelf life, to be safe. Also, math is not my strongest subject, so find someone smart to double check my figures and don’t take them as set in stone since I’m not a vinegar expert by any means!

      Since their season is so fleeting, you can freeze your violet flowers in a single layer in freezer bags so you can continue to experiment after they’re out of season. They’ll stay that gorgeous color for months. I just pulled some out last month that had been frozen since last April and they worked just as well as fresh. (Here’s a photo that shows how well they preserve: http://instagram.com/p/jHaK-OBtr3/ ) Use them straight from the freezer without thawing first.

  9. Jay says:

    Hi, I was wondering if your violet vinegar still smells like vinegar?

    • Jan says:

      Hi Jay, It does still have a vinegar scent. If you use a strongly scented flower – like roses or lavender – it will take on the flower’s scent with just a hint of vinegar detected, but my violets have too faint of a smell for that.

  10. Jennifer says:

    Can I use the leave and the flowers? Your pictures suggests just using the flowers but I’d like to find a use for the leaves too (other than drying them and using in teas/infusions). Thank you.

  11. Sandi says:

    I am so excited to have discovered you! I feel like I have found a new friend.

  12. Brenda says:

    hi! i was wondering, do you think the vinegratte could be frozen for later use?… we love it but sometimes i don’t think about till it’s too late and i’d love to have it sort of on hand :)