Blackberry vinegar

Forget balsamic vinegar – make something equally useful and extremely cheaply with blackberries. Blackberry vinegar is great in salad dressings or used as a cordial to treat colds.

Blackberry juice in  glass and  bottle with fresh blackberries served

Blackberry vinegar

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Ingredients

450g (1lb) blackberries

White wine vinegar

Sugar

Method

Steep the blackberries in just enough white wine vinegar to cover them. Cover the bowl. After about four days, strain the blackberries and liquid through a sieve or muslin. Place the resulting liquid in a pan and add 225g (1/2lb) sugar to every 275ml (1/2pt) of liquid. Bring to the boil and simmer for five minutes. Cool, then bottle.

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By James and Holly Strawbridge, who live self-sufficiently in Cornwall