This post is sponsored by Florida Strawberry Growers Association in conjunction with a social media campaign through Sunday Supper LLC. All opinions are my own.
Let’s cut straight to it–you may be thinking pickled strawberries, has she gone and lost her mind?
Just take a look at every fancy restaurant out there. Their desserts are riddled with a balsamic glaze. Why? Because balsamic is the perfect counter balance to desserts and when reduced turns into a rich syrup. One of my all time favorite ways to eat any berries is with a glaze of balsamic reduction. It feels naughty and decadent, but is absolutely guilt free.
I decided to take the balsamic glaze on berries a unique spin by creating a pickling liquid with balsamic vinegar, maple syrup and vanilla beans. After all you need to pickle anything is a vinegar, salt, and sugar of some sort. I struck gold with this idea.
You guys, imagine a sweet Florida strawberry bursting with a sweet maple vanilla flavor and finishing with a rich balsamic tang. It is sheer perfection.
- 1 pound of Florida Strawberries, washed, hulled and sliced
- 1 cup balsamic vinegar
- ½ cup water
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon kosher salt
- 1 vanilla bean, split open or 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- Bring balsamic vinegar, water, maple syrup, salt and vanilla bean to a boil. (If using vanilla extract, mix in AFTER cooking syrup.) Once mixture has come to a boil and salt has dissolved, remove from heat.
- Place strawberries in heat proof 1 quart jar. Pour liquid over strawberries and place lid on jar. Allow to cool and refrigerate for up to 7 days.
- If you formally can these, they will last for 6 months.
- or longer storage, place the jar(s) in a boiling pot of water. When the water comes back to a boil, set the timer for 5 minutes and remove the jar immediately. Make sure the lid pop down, to be fully sealed. They will last 1 year on shelf, but I find best within 6 months.
Paired with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or plain Greek yogurt, and it becomes breakfast perfection or late night snack obsession. The vanilla pickled strawberries form the perfect topping for this blank canvas.
The balance of sweetness, creaminess, and slight tangy is just a taste buds dreams come true. Not to mention this is a healthy snacker’s dream come true–high in protein, calcium, antioxidants, but low in sugar and fat–well when paired with yogurt instead of the ice cream 😉
- ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
- ¼ cup Balsamic Pickled Strawberries
- Place yogurt in bowl and top with strawberries and a drizzle of pickling syrup.
But come to think of it, why limit yourself to using these Balsamic Strawberries on just yogurt? What about topping chocolate cake or pancakes with these vanilla pickled strawberries or using this rich syrup for a glaze to serve with lemon scones? I am salivating thinking of all the endless options.
Regardless of how you use these pickled strawberries, they are a MUST try. And absolutely PERFECT for Florida strawberry which happen to be in season from November to April. It is time NOW to grab some of the tastiest Florida Strawberries in your local store or at a local farm. So grab a basket and make plans to pick some fresh strawberries and get to pickling–or try some other ways to preserve fresh Florida Strawberries with the recipes below.
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