By Chef Ella Freyinger

February 2021

The intentions and prayers we put into our food - the headspace we are in
when creating in the kitchen. These are ingredients that are just as important as
the ones we gather from the farmers market, the butcher and shops. What we are thinking while we are creating nourishment for ourselves is exactly what we will fill ourselves with. You can call it by whatever name you choose; intention, prayer, presence. This vinegar is made from four ingredients. Apple cider vinegar, organic alcohol, fresh rose petals and the intentions you weave into it. I invite you to add this life changing practice to all of your creations in the kitchen. To begin each culinary creation with your intentions and prayers. Whether it is to be an ally in curing your cold, a medicine for slipping you into the realm of dreams, a meal to give you the energy you need to flow through your day with ease or a space for you to find time alone, the practice of being not separate from but present with yourself and the ingredients you are alchemizing will forever shift how food weaves through your body. Healing you and nourishing you from deeper and deeper within.

Ingredients

  • Intention, prayer, presence
  • 1 cup fresh rose petals
  • 1 tsp 180 - 200 proof organic alcohol
  • Apple cider vinegar

Steps

  • I invite you to begin by having all of your ingredients on hand, including your mason jar. This practice can be as short and simple or as long and complex as you feel called to. Burning blessing herbs and connecting to the spirits of the roses, the grains used to create the alcohol, the apples pressed and fermented into vinegar. Speaking to them, vocalizing your gratitude and telling them what you intend to create. This will be different for everyone and for some may feel a little out of their comfort zone. Lean into it and share any prayers that rise from within.
  • Place the rose petals into a food processor and pulse to bruise the petals so that they begin to release their oils. Place into a 16oz mason jar and add the alcohol. Top with apple cider vinegar. Place a square piece of parchment big enough to cover the opening over the mason jar and secure tightly with the lid. Vinegar and metal do not react well so this will prevent the metal lid from coming into contact with the vinegar and corroding. Place into a cool, dark place and let rest for 1 week.
  • Use this vinegar to make my delightful pickle recipe, use it as a base for salad dressings, splash it into warm water with lemon for a refreshing and gut healing tea.
  • Enjoy!