Food & Drink, Summer

How To Make Chive Flower Vinegar

Make delicious chive flower vinegar, that livens up summer salads or root vegetables, with this easy how-to guide.

Is there anything better than bottling the taste of summer to enjoy later in the year? Come winter, when summer feels like a far and distant memory, and the thought of next summer feels light-years away, just the simple taste of something summery can be like a portal to another dimension.

I dry mint leaves and dry lemon balm leaves for tea, and any other herbs I can get my hands on. I think I get a kick more out of preserving summer flavours than I do the actual gardening. There’s also something so deeply satisfying about a shelf full of home-dried herbs and bottles of homemade vinegar. Nothing shop-bought can ever really compete.

Fresh chives are one of my most favoured herbs. They’re so versatile and lend such a delicate flavour to so many recipes. Whilst most people think you can only eat the chive blades, in fact, the chive flowers are edible too. The flowers have a more oniony taste and the fresh petals make a delicious peppery addition to any salad.

When it comes to preserving chive flowers, you can dry them to enjoy later in salads. But my favourite thing to do whilst chive flowers are at their best, is to pickle them in vinegar. The result is a vibrant-pink chive flower vinegar, that has a mild onion flavour. This is absolutely delicious drizzled on summer salads, or on thinly-sliced raw root vegetables in winter.

How To Make Chive Flower Vinegar

Chive flowers being prepared on chopping board, with blue text box that reads how to make chive flower vinegar.

The good news is that is incredibly easy to make chive flower vinegar. There are no special tools, equipment or cooking skills required. If you can pick some flowers then you’re good to go!

You Will Need

A large cup of freshly picked chive flowers

One bottle of white wine vinegar

One sterilised lidded jar (here’s my guide to sterilising jars should you need some pointers)

One sterilised lidded bottle

A sieve

A note on the ingredients. I’d recommend the use of white wine vinegar only for making chive flower vinegar, so this is why I’ve specifically listed this type of vinegar.

Chives have a very delicate flavour. Standard white vinegar and malt vinegar are both too strong, and will completely overpower the taste of the chives. If you use red wine vinegar, you won’t get the benefits of the beautiful vibrant pink colour that comes through. Meanwhile, you could use cider vinegar at a push. However, it has a stronger flavour compared to white wine vinegar, so you won’t taste the chive flavour as much.

If you don’t have white wine vinegar, and can’t get hold of any, then I would recommend drying your chive flowers instead.

Method

To make chive flower vinegar, wash your freshly cut chive flowers in cool water and dry them thoroughly.

Fill a clean and dry sterilised jar with chive flowers, until it’s around two-thirds full.

Next, fill the jar with white wine vinegar.

Seal the jar, and store it in a cool, dark place for around two weeks.

After two weeks or so, strain the liquid through a sieve into the sterilised bottle. The pickled chive flowers can then be composted.

Seal your jar and store it in a cool dark cupboard to preserve the colour. Your vinegar should last for around one year – even after opening.

Enjoy splashing on your food whenever you need a taste of summer! Your winter self will truly thank you!

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How To Make Chive Flower Vinegar

Make delicious chive flower vinegar, to liven up summer salads.

Course Preserve
Keyword vinegar
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 large cup chive flowers – freshly picked
  • 1 bottle white wine vinegar

Instructions

  1. Wash freshly cut chive flowers in cold water and dry them thoroughly.

  2. Fill a clean and dry sterilised jar with the chive flowers, until it's around two-thirds full.

  3. Next, fill the jar with white wine vinegar.

  4. Seal the jar, and store it in a cool, dark place for around two weeks.

  5. After two weeks or so, using a sieve, strain the liquid into a sterilised bottle. Pop the lid on and this will store in a cool dark cupboard for around a year. The pickled flowers can be composted.

Home and Garden, Natural Cleaning

Eco-Friendly Toilet Cleaner: The Green Brands That Scrub Up

Looking for eco-friendly toilet cleaner? Here are the green brands that scrub up nicely – from vegan brands to the sustainable refill brands and more.

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Cleaning the toilet is not high up there on the list of things that bring me joy. There are about a million other things I would rather do than clean the toilet. However, needs must. Whilst I do use natural cleaning products, such as citric acid to clean my toilet cheaply and easily, I know not everyone is so comfortable using such natural methods.

If that’s you, then I have entirely no judgement. When life gets hectic, I do sometimes use more conventional products. In fact, I’ve tried quite a few eco-friendly toilet cleaners over the years, to get a green clean without the use of chlorine bleach and other dubious products found on our supermarket shelves. After all, scientists have found that scented surface cleaners can produce enough pollutant particles, that the effect on your lungs is similar to breathing in the air on a busy road.

The Best Eco-Friendly Toilet Cleaner Brands

A plant next to a toilet with a blue text box that reads eco-friendly toilet cleaner: the green brands that scrub up.

However, just what are the eco-friendly toilet cleaner brands that actually work? Which brands will clean your loo. I’ve put several brands through their paces. Here are my favourites.

Bio-D

Bio-D’s bleach-free toilet bowl cleaner* is both strong and effective, whilst being kind to the environment. Meanwhile, the lemongrass essential oils help to naturally freshen your loo, without the overpowering aroma of bleach. For best results, squirt some cleaner into the toilet bowl and allow it to soak overnight. You can then scrub thoroughly the following morning for a sparkling finish.

Tough on limescale, this naturally derived non-toxic eco-friendly toilet cleaner is made from sustainable ingredients. This means it is free from synthetic chemicals, phosphates, preservatives, enzymes and synthetic perfumes, as well as chlorine. If you have a septic tank then it’s entirely safe to use.

What’s more, all Bio-D products are both Cruelty-Free International and Vegan Society Approved. Plus all Bio-D products are UK-made – manufactured in the Bio-D factory in Hull.

The founder of Bio-D, Michael Barwell cleaned commercial ships in the 1980s. Industrial strength cleaning products and heavy-duty safety equipment were required for this tough work. However, Michael was horrified to discover that many of these industrial cleaning ingredients could be found in household cleaners.

In response, Michael set about looking for safer, naturally derived alternatives. Bio-D was born in 1989 with an environmental and ethical responsibility at its heart. The brand also believes that sustainable eco-cleaning products must be accessible to everyone. Bio-D is therefore passionate about producing great cleaning products at an affordable price.

Buy a 750 ml 100% recycled bottle for £2.65* (0.004p per ml) and a 5L refill carton for £12.80 from Ethical Superstore* (0.003p per ml).

Miniml

I’m a big fan of Miniml products all around the home. Its spearmint and peppermint non-toxic and eco-friendly toilet cleaner* is no exception.

This clinging gel formula acts fast to deep clean and remove tough stains from your loo, whilst leaving your bathroom with a pleasant minty aroma. Effective in both hard and soft water areas, it’s also safe for use in septic tank systems.

Miniml says to let the eco-friendly toilet cleaner sit in your toilet bowl for at least 5-10 minutes before flushing to rinse clean. Any tough stains can be scrubbed with a toilet brush to remove.

Bleach-free, it’s also free from volatile organic compounds (VOCs), solvents, lanoline, sulphates, parabens and phosphates. It’s also vegan, cruelty-free and British-made – manufactured in Miniml’s Yorkshire factory.

Only available in bulk refill size, once you have finished with your empty packaging, you can send it back to Miniml free of charge. Simply scan the QR code on the back of the packaging or the information card in your order so that it can be cleaned, reused and refilled. This means that no single-use plastic goes to waste.

Buy a 5L refill from Good Club* or Ethical Superstore* for around £12 (0.002p per ml) and decant it into an empty bottle.

Bower Collective Refill Toilet Cleaner

Person decanting Bower toilet cleaner into a reusable bottle.

I’ve used a few of Bower Collective’s clever refill pouches – particularly its eco-friendly shower gel – and I’ve always been impressed. Its concentrated eco-friendly toilet cleaner* is equally as impressive.

Made in the UK using 100% naturally derived and ethically sourced ingredients, this hypoallergenic Toilet Cleaner has a refreshing lemongrass scent. It is free from harsh chemicals, including petrochemicals, phosphates, preservatives, enzymes and synthetic perfumes. Plus, it’s vegan and cruelty-free.

Just before you go to bed, simply squirt the toilet cleaner under the rim of the toilet bowl. In the morning use a toilet brush to remove the dissolved limescale and flush. Job done!

What’s to especially love is that Bower’s non-toxic and eco-friendly toilet cleaner comes in 1L refill pouches. Simply decant the product into a bottle and then return the pouch to Bower in the free pre-paid envelope provided. You don’t even need to wash the pouch out. Simply pop it in your nearest post box as is.

Bower will then refill it with the same product at our refill centre, ready to go again! Each pouch can be reused over and over again, and at the end of its life, Bower ensures that it is responsibly recycled with its specialist recycling partner.

Buy a 1L refill directly from Bower Collective* for £3.79 (0.004p per ml). You can also buy the cleaner in a pine and cedarwood fragrance*, and a reusable toilet cleaner dispenser bottle* for £3.99.

Ecoleaf Toilet Cleaner

Also made in the UK, Ecoleaf’s eco-friendly toilet cleaner* is made from natural, biodegradable and sustainably sourced ingredients. Derived from plant extracts, it’s entirely vegan-friendly and suitable for septic tanks.

All Ecoleaf containers are made from 100% post-consumer recycled (PCR) plastics, and you can buy the bulk containers to decant into your own bottle.

To use, simply squeeze a small amount around the toilet bowl and flush. The liquid is a little thin compared to other brands, and it does come out of the bottle quicker than you might expect. However, it still does the job nicely, without leaving your bathroom smelling like a swimming pool.

Buy a 750 ml 100% recycled bottle for £1.99* (0.003p per ml) and a 5L refill eco-friendly toilet cleaner carton for £12.49 from Ethical Superstore* (0.002p per ml).

Do also check out my guide to eco-friendly cleaning products that work for more product suggestions. Or want to make your own cleaning products? Try my guide to natural cleaning products to DIY.