What to do with a bunch of strawberries?
Our local band was raising money by selling strawberries. Always willing to support the band, I bought a flat of them.
That's a lot of strawberries.
Froze some to use in smoothies and then made this gorgeous, fruity strawberry vinegar!
You only need 3 things for this infused vinegar!
- Strawberries - you want fresh strawberries, without any bruising. Organic if possible since strawberries can be high in pesticides.
- Sugar - white or natural cane sugar.
- Vinegar - do not use regular white vinegar, it is too strong for infused vinegars. I like to use rice vinegar, you can also use white wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar.
Wash the strawberries and remove the green caps.
Slice them about 1/4 inch thick.
Place in a clean jar. I used a quart jar.
In a small saucepan, heat the vinegar just until boiling.
For easy pouring, I like to put it in a measuring cup with a spout.
Pour the hot vinegar over the strawberries.
Add the sugar and stir to dissolve.
Place a lid on the jar. If you are using metal canning jar lids, place a layer of plastic wrap under the lid to prevent the vinegar from interacting with the metal. I like to use these White Plastic Storage Lids (affiliate link.)
Store at room temperature for 2-3 days. The strawberries will give up their color and flavor to the vinegar. Taste at two days and see if it has enough strawberry flavor for you.
Strain the vinegar through a fine mesh strainer. The strawberries will have given up most of their color, so I usually just compost them.
Pour the vinegar into a lidded bottle.
I admit it, I like making pretty foods and drinks and this strawberry vinegar is so pretty! You also may notice that I like vintage things and my strawberry table cloth goes so well with the vinegar. We'll ignore the fact that the vintage breadbox behind it is actually cherries.
This vinegar is amazing, one whiff and it's like you have a bowlful of fresh strawberries. We love it in vinaigrettes. You can also make an amazing strawberry coleslaw by adding some strawberries to your favorite coleslaw and using strawberry vinegar in our Sweet and Tart Coleslaw Dressing.
You could also use a splash in this Fruit Salsa.
If you're wondering how long your fruit infused vinegar will last, I usually use mine up so fast, it's not an issue. Quality wise, the flavor can fade after 6-8 months. I store mine in the pantry, though you can store it in the fridge if you'd like.
More Fruit Infused Vinegar Recipes
Blueberry Vinegar - gorgeous color and loaded with fresh blueberry flavor! We love it drizzled on a fruit salad!
Mango Vinegar - one of the first fruit vinegars that I made and has consistently been one of the most popular posts on the blog.
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- 2 cups strawberries sliced
- 1 cup vinegar rice wine or white wine vinegar
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- Wash and slice the strawberries and place them in a clean quart jar.
- In a small saucepan, heat the vinegar just to the boiling point over medium heat.
- Pour the hot vinegar over the strawberries. Add the sugar and stir to dissolve.
- Let it come to room temperature before placing the lid on the jar.
- Store in a cool, dark place (like a pantry or basement) for several days (around 3-5 days.)
- When the flavor is to your liking, strain and pour the vinegar into a bottle.