Delicious Flavored Vinegar

Gourmet potatoes dressed with chive blossom vinegar.

Here at Five Feline Farm, we have started experimenting with infusing vinegar. We start with either white or apple cider vinegar, then add ingredients from our gardens to steep. We started with chive blossom and garlic scape infusions. The chive blossoms turned the vinegar a beautiful pink color. Garlic scapes keep the original color of the vinegar. But the flavors are phenomenal!

Now we are trying other fruits and herbs.

Small batch with farm-fresh flavors beats those fancy specialty oil and vinegar shops any day.

The next question is always, “How do you use these delicious vinegar infusions?”

The first obvious choice is on a salad.

Pile your favorite greens and salad toppings into a bowl. Drizzle a good quality, flavorful olive oil across the top. Then splash with an infused vinegar. Add some fresh cracked pepper and sea salt to taste.

This simple dressing allows the flavors of your salad ingredients to shine.

You can also make a quick vinaigrette dressing. Start with blending dijon mustard, salt, pepper, and infused vinegar in a bowl. Blend in olive oil with a whisk drop by drop, then in a thin stream to create an emulsion. You can adapt the proportions to taste.

But you do not have to limit yourself to only topping a traditional green salad. Here are some more ideas:

—Scrub new or small heirloom potatoes and cut them into bite-size cubes. Boil in salted water or steam until tender. While still warm, toss with olive oil, infused vinegar, and salt to taste. The potatoes will pick up the gentle underlying notes from the infused vinegar.

—Or slice colorful raw beets very thin. Use the same dressing ingredients plus some freshly ground pepper.

—Splash infused vinegar over grilled chicken breast.

—Make a pan sauce after roasting chicken or fish. After cooking, remove the meat from the pan and return the pan to medium-high heat. Deglaze the pan with infused vinegar, then add butter to thicken the sauce. Serve over the meat.

As you can tell, infused vinegar is delicious any time you need a bit of acidic tang to your meal.

Confessions of a Food Hypocrite

Do you ever feel like a food hypocrite?

I do.

Here at Five Feline Farm, especially this time of year, there are all sorts of fresh food options. I love fresh food. Green beans and potatoes, tomatoes, carrots, peppers. All of those are available a few steps from the door. Herbs to make every dish spark with flavor are growing just outside the kitchen. 

As I sit here writing this post, I’m eating McDonald’s french fries. 

How much worse can it get?

Life has been über busy this summer. Building a new business, learning the ropes as a vendor at a weekly farmer’s market, preserving summer bounty for winter needs, and oh yes, both of us have demanding full time jobs. As a result, meals have been hurried; too often going out to eat or carry out. We comment only half-joking about the crime of eating store bought donuts after a morning of baking scones for the farmer’s market. 

It is time for a change. 

As of today, I declare a moratorium on food hypocrisy.  

I will strive to make our meals healthy and fresh. Creativity optional. 

You, our faithful followers can come along for the ride. I’ll send out blog posts and updates on how this new plan is working. Let’s make some healthy steps together. 
Drop us a comment about what healthy choices you are making.