Homemade Banana Vinegar: A Culinary Delight from Overripe Bananas

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October 10, 2023
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Overripe bananas, often relegated to the compost bin, hold a hidden culinary potential. By harnessing the power of infusion, we can transform these discarded fruits into a unique and flavorful ingredient: banana vinegar. This tangy and slightly sweet vinegar adds a delightful twist to salads, dressings, and marinades, while also offering a variety of health benefits.

Over ripe bananas

Stories From The Kitchen:

As a dog mom to an adorable puppy who loves dehydrated bananas, I’ve always found creative ways to use overripe bananas. One day, I had the idea to dehydrate them fully, resulting in crunchy banana pieces that I could grind into flour. This flour became the base for delicious banana pancakes, a testament to the versatility of this humble fruit.

My kitchen adventures don’t stop there. I’ve also discovered a quick and easy way to make healthy homemade ice cream with overripe bananas. Simply freeze the bananas, then blend them with strawberries, raspberries, or any berries you prefer. Add a touch of honey if needed, and enjoy a guilt-free treat that’s both refreshing and nutritious.

Infusing Banana Vinegar

This recipe isn’t about fermentation; it’s about infusing the essence of bananas into vinegar to create a unique culinary delight. We’ll be using white balsamic vinegar for its mild flavor that allows the banana flavor to shine through.

Colavita White Balsamic Vinegar


Q: Can I use a different vinegar?

A: Yes, you can experiment with various vinegars, but aged white balsamic vinegar adds a hint of sweetness and a pleasing color to the final product.

Q: How long does the banana-infused vinegar last?

A: The vinegar doesn’t expire, but for optimal flavor, use it within a few months.

How to Make Homemade Banana Vinegar From Overripe Bananas

Overripe bananas, often discarded, hold culinary potential. Transform them into banana vinegar, a unique and flavorful ingredient for salads, dressings, and marinades. Infused with white balsamic vinegar and chili peppers, it adds a tangy, slightly sweet, and spicy touch to your culinary creations. Enjoy its health benefits, including probiotics and antioxidants, and relish the versatility of this kitchen gem.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 14 days
Total Time 14 days 8 minutes



  • 4-5 overripe bananas peeled and mashed
  • 2 1/2 cups white balsamic vinegar
  • 1-2 dried chili peppers or fresh hot peppers optional
  • 2 tablespoons honey


  • Prepare the Jar: Clean and sanitize the mason jar, lid, and ring.
  • Combine the Ingredients: In the mason jar, combine the mashed bananas, white balsamic vinegar, honey and chili peppers (if using). Stir gently to distribute the bananas evenly.
  • Initiate Infusion: Seal the jar tightly with the lid and ring. Shake the jar gently to encourage infusion.
  • Infusion Process: Store the jar in a cool, dark place, away from direct sunlight. Shake the jar gently once a day for 2-4 weeks, allowing the flavors to meld and intensify.
  • Straining and Bottling: After 2-4 weeks, taste the vinegar. When it has reached the desired level of flavor, strain the vinegar through a fine-mesh sieve into a clean bowl. Using a funnel, carefully pour the strained vinegar into storage bottles or jars.
  • Storage: Store the banana vinegar in a cool, dark place. Properly infused banana vinegar can last indefinitely without refrigeration.



  • Use ripe or overly ripe, bananas for a sweeter vinegar.
  • Experiment with different types of peppers for varying levels of heat.
  • Add a touch of honey or maple syrup for a sweeter vinegar.
  • Use the banana vinegar in salad dressings, marinades, or as a finishing touch on dishes.
  • Salad Dressing Recipe:
  • In a bowl, mix 1/4 cup banana-infused vinegar with 2 tablespoons olive oil.
  • Add 1 teaspoon mustard and salt to taste.
  • For an extra kick, include more fresh or dried peppers.
This homemade banana vinegar is a testament to the culinary possibilities that lie within everyday ingredients. Embrace the power of overripe bananas and create a versatile addition to your pantry.
Author: Marzi
Course: Condiment
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Banana vinegar, Vinegar

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