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Homemade Sugar-Free Fruit Vinegar

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I love discovering new ways to make my own ingredients at home and have been making this fruit vinegar for years. It's sugar-free and preservatives-free and very easy to make. You just need to be patient - it takes 14 days, but trust me, it's worth it!

Unlike making infused oils, where there are some safety issues, it's usually safe to make fruit vinegar or Infused Home-made Ghee. However, I would recommend you store your vinegar in the fridge to keep it fresh and fragrant.

There are several health benefits of fruit vinegar are listed here.

It's great for salad dressings and marinades. If you are wondering how and where to use home-made vinegar, have a look at Grilled Chicken & Blackberry Salad.

Apart from the ingredients, you'll need:

  • jar with sealable lid
  • cheesecloth for filtering the liquid
  • small glass bottle with a lid (about 350 ml / 11.8 fl oz)

If you prefer a sweeter taste, add a few drops of stevia just before you use it (1 to 3 drops per tablespoon of fruit vinegar before you add it into a salad). When looking for ingredients, try to get them in their most natural form (organic, without unnecessary additives).

Using Vinegar as an All-Purpose Cleaner

Apart from using fruit vinegar in your kitchen as food condiment, you can also make environmental-friendly, chemicals-free all-purpose citrus cleaner.

Whenever you use lemon, lime, orange or other citrus fruit, reserve the peel and keep it in the fridge until you have a full jar. Then, add vinegar and follow the steps in this recipe. It's an amazing way to reuse citrus peels instead of wasting them. Dilute it with water, transfer into a spray bottle and use for cleaning kitchen surfaces, bathroom or even glass!

Homemade Sugar-Free Fruit Vinegar

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Serving size tbsp/ 15 ml

Allergy information for Homemade Sugar-Free Fruit Vinegar

✔  Gluten free
✔  Dairy free
✔  Egg free
✔  Nut free
✔  Nightshade free
✔  Pork free
✔  Avocado free
✔  Coconut free
✔  Fish free
✔  Shellfish free
✔  Beef free

Nutritional values (per serving, tbsp/ 15 ml)

Net carbs0.4 grams
Protein0.1 grams
Fat0 grams
Calories6 kcal
Calories from carbs 74%, protein 13%, fat 13%
Total carbs0.7 gramsFiber0.2 gramsSugars0.3 gramsSaturated fat0 gramsSodium1 mg(0% RDA)Magnesium2 mg(0% RDA)Potassium14 mg(1% EMR)

Ingredients (makes one small bottle)

  • 1 bottle white wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar (350 ml/ 11.8 oz)
  • 1 cup fresh fruit such as raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, cherries, strawberries, etc. (140 g/ 5 oz)


  1. Rinse and drain the fruit on a paper towel. If you are using cherries, you will need to halve and pit them. Strawberries and blueberries need to be cut in half. Raspberries and blackberries can be used whole. Homemade Sugar-Free Fruit Vinegar
  2. Place the fruit into jars with sealable lid. Homemade Sugar-Free Fruit Vinegar
  3. Pour the white wine vinegar into the jar.
    Homemade Sugar-Free Fruit Vinegar
  4. Close the jar and store in dark, cool place to infuse for at least 14 days. Homemade Sugar-Free Fruit Vinegar
  5. After 2 weeks, the vinegar will get a beautiful color, while the fruit will look quite dull. The vinegar has absorbed all the colour and fragrance. Homemade Sugar-Free Fruit Vinegar
  6. Put a cheesecloth on top of a strainer and place it over a jar or bowl. Pour the liquid into the strainer. Homemade Sugar-Free Fruit Vinegar
  7. Transfer the vinegar into an air-tight bottle and cover with a lid. Store in the fridge for up to 6 months. (I usually discard the fruit. However, it's edible and can be stored in the fridge. I'm not crazy about this type of "pickled" fruit, but you might want to try and see if you like it.) Homemade Sugar-Free Fruit Vinegar

Ingredient nutritional breakdown (per serving, tbsp/ 15 ml)

Net carbsProteinFatCalories
Wine vinegar
0 g0 g0 g3 kcal
Berries, mixed, fresh (strawberries, raspberries, blackberries & blueberries)
0.4 g0.1 g0 g3 kcal
Total per serving, tbsp/ 15 ml
0.4 g0.1 g0 g6 kcal

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Martina Slajerova

I changed the way I ate in 2011, when I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s, an autoimmune disease that affects the thyroid. I had no energy, and I found it more and more difficult to maintain a healthy weight.

That’s when I decided to quit sugar, grains, and processed foods, and to start following a whole-foods-based ketogenic approach to food.

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Comments (24)

Hi. I made this recipe and a jelly like layer formed on the top. The vinegar underneath was fine but wondering what that jelly like layer is. Have you experienced that before?
Thank you.

I'm sorry I have not. That doesn't sound right, I'm not sure I'd use it - just to be safe!

I'm trying the berry shrub today. I followed the directions and they are sitting in a dark cool area in my house. But what about the air? Will the jar explode sitting for 2 weeks? I love your ginger beer recipe by the way.

Thank you for your kind words Shelley! The fido jars are designed to let air out but not to let it in. I use it to make fermented veggies too 😊

Could I heat this to speed up the process? If so, what process would you recommend?
Thank you!

So this seems like a shrub...minus the sugar of course. But the shrub they say is fermented. I get confused here. Is this considered fermented?

Yes, the term "vinegar" refers to the process of fermentation (sugar from the berries is converted into alcohol which is then converted into vinegar).

Correct me if I'm wrong but doesn't fruit = fructose = sugar?
So how is this sugar free?

Hi Rick, have a look at this post: Complete Keto Diet Food List: What to Eat and Avoid on a Low-Carb Diet
Berries do contain some fructose but can be included as they are low-sugar. Also, it any carbs are negligible in this recipe.

Could you use lemon juice instead of vinegar? (can't have anything fermented)

Hi Edith, I don't think that would work :-(

I wonder about using this in water to drink. Like a tablespoon in 2 cups. I drink apple cider vinegar & a small pinch of salt in my water often, so this fruit-infused vinegar mite be awesome, esp with a few drops of stevia glycerite & a little salt!
MMMMMM makes me want to run out and get raspberries rite now--or both blueberries and raspberries to mix in an infusion 😊

Yes, I think that if you can drink apple cider vinegar in water, you could use this vinegar too. It's quite similar with a fruit boost 😊

Another lovely recipe. Thank you. Have you tried this with frozen berries?

Thank you Jo! I haven't tried frozen berries but I'm sure it will work too 😊

Will these last for ages? Thinking of making them for christmas presents 😊

Great idea - I'm actually planning to do the same - fruit vinegar and maybe home-made vanilla extract. It only takes 2 weeks (for the vinegar) but you can leave it infusing up to 4 weeks, it's definitely not too late for Christmas 😊

And I was always wondering what to do with lemon peels... Thanks! 😊

Oh I love using this as my chemical-free universal cleaner 😊

Amazing, thanks for this recipe! I'll bookmark it and make it soon before summer & berries are gone. I guess it will work for any fruit... 😊

Great! Hope you liked it! 😊

Oh my.... Why have I never thought of this? I love raspberry vinegar and it's not easy to find one with no sugar added. I have to try this recipe! Thank you!

I know, most products have sugar and other additives - that's one of the reasons I make my own 😊

This looks soooo yummy! I will do some this weekend 😊