Save Those Stems! Make Strawberry Vinegar!

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Here’s an easy project. You can use your strawberry stems to make a gorgeous strawberry vinegar. I shared this on facebook yesterday, and it was so popular that I thought I should share it with you here, so it doesn’t get lost.


If you are enjoying a bunch of strawberries or making jam, etc., don’t just throw away the tops that you cut off! Collect them in a clean jar, then cover them with apple cider vinegar or white wine vinegar. Let them steep in the cupboard for about a week, and when you strain them out, you will have a gorgeous bottle of pink Strawberry Vinegar! It’s great for putting on salads, or adding to cocktails!

I made this last year, and it was really nice. I also did the same with cherry pits, which produced an even stronger flavor– so good! You can get this type of bottle here, and find similar (removable) labels for your bottles here.

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22 Responses to Save Those Stems! Make Strawberry Vinegar!

  1. Joanna July 17, 2014 at 12:46 pm #

    I put my tops in with a half cup of sugar to a litre of water for a fermented version. I also use the must from a previous batch of home-made vinegar. Tastes nice on salads and the chickens love it. They would get apple cider vinegar, but I hadn’t got enough apples.

    This is the source for the recipe I use

    • ariana August 7, 2014 at 11:25 am #

      I love that idea, Joanna– thanks for the link!

  2. Anna July 18, 2014 at 6:08 pm #


  3. Linda July 19, 2014 at 9:05 am #

    Making some as I write this! Such a simple, brilliant idea…No more leftover fruit remorse!

    • ariana August 7, 2014 at 11:28 am #


  4. pleiada1968 September 18, 2014 at 6:54 am #

    I’m a little confused… I don’t cut my strawberries, but use a straw to push out the little green heart. Do you use this green heart, of actual strrawberry you cut off?

    • ariana September 18, 2014 at 11:24 am #

      Yes, you can use that part. Any discarded parts from your strawberries will work.

  5. greentalk March 20, 2016 at 1:23 pm #

    Love this idea. Pinned it.

  6. Brooke March 24, 2019 at 9:01 pm #

    How long does it last?

    • Ariana Mullins March 25, 2019 at 8:53 am #

      Hi Brooke! In my experience, it can last indefinitely. Vinegar is one of the ultimate preservatives.


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