Saturday, November 5, 2011

~Cranberry Infused Vinegar~

I made some Cranberry Infused Vinegar in repurposed bottles.
I LOVE this Vinegar!!!
The pulp of the Cranberries make the Vinegar slightly thick, and adds body to the salad dressing.
Since there are only four ingredients, this vinegar is quick to put together. Hands-on time is minimal, about 15 minutes. The recipe can be doubled or tripled without any additional time involved, and the vinegar keeps several months on the cupboard shelf. This vinegar makes a nice gift, too; pour it into a decorative bottle, and place it in a basket with apples, pears, and a pomegranate
along with the recipe for Holiday Fruit and Lettuce Salad.
(Recipe at the bottom of the page).
Homemade Cranberry Infused Vinegar
1 12 oz. package cranberries, (3 cups)
3/4 cup distilled white vinegar or apple cider vinegar
3/4 cup sugar
3 cinnamon sticks
Bring cranberries, vinegar, sugar, and cinnamon sticks to a boil in a medium saucepan.
Reduce heat; simmer 5 minutes or until cranberries burst.
Pour into a fine strainer that has been set over a bowl; don’t stir or mash the cranberries, since too much pulp will result in vinegar that is too thick.
When the mixture has cooled, discard the solids and pour the vinegar into a bottle or jar with a tight fitting lid.
If the vinegar gets too thick to pour, thin down with a little white vinegar, or apple cider vinegar.
The vinegar will keep several months on the cupboard shelf.

Holiday Fruit and Lettuce Salad
Nut Topping:1/3 cup sugar1 cup sliced or slivered almonds, pecans, or walnuts
Dressing:1/2 cup salad oil1/4 cup sugar1/4 cup cranberry vinegar
1/2 teaspoon salt
Dash hot pepper sauce
Dash freshly ground black pepper
2 heads romaine lettuce
1 red apple, cored and cut into 1/2 chunks
1 green apple, cored and cut into 1/2
chunks1 pear, peeled and cored and cut into 1/2chunks
1 pomegranate, seeds separated,
 or 1/2 cup dried cranberries
Pour the 1/3 cup sugar in a large flat-bottomed frying pan.
Turn the heat to high, and when the sugar around the edges begins to melt, stir with a heatproof scraper
until all the sugar is melted and golden.
Add the nuts, stir to coat, then pour out on a parchment lined baking sheet, spreading as much as possible.
When cool, coarsely chop.
Mix the dressing ingredients in food processor or blender, set aside.
Wash the romaine lettuce, cut or tear into bite-sized pieces, add them to a large salad bowl Mix the apples and pears, pour a few tablespoons of the dressing on them, and toss (to prevent them from turning brown). Add the pomegranate seeds and sugared nuts to the lettuce.Toss well with the remaining dressing and serve immediately.
Note: To easily extract the pomegranate seeds without squirting juice all over the kitchen and your clothing, make two cuts just through the skin around the pomegranate.
Place the pomegranate in a large container of cold water, and pull it apart under the water.
Take each of the quarters and pull out the seeds under the water, discarding the pith and skin.
Pour the seeds into a strainer; rinse.
I hope you enjoy!!! HAPPY DAY!!!


  1. Hey Mom! I Love you!xoxoxo

  2. This really looks delicious.....and how you pimped that lovely bottle.
    Is everything fine with you and your family?
    I thought you didn't had a blog anymore.
    I lost you for some time out of my sight.

    Nice to see and hear something from you again.
    You always make such great art.
    Fine weekend

  3. Hi Bonnie, I have been so busy. We moved into a new home, and I am finishing up my new art studio! I am so excited.
    How have you and the family been? It is so nice to hear from you too!!!
    HAPPY DAY!!! ~Nina

  4. What a great idea with the cranberry vinegar! I make a lot of flavored vinegars but never thought of cranberry. This looks delicious!