Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Things To Do With Strawberries & Monsoons

Make strawberry vinegar! Simply described: steep slightly mashed strawberries in apple cider vinegar for a few days, then strain through a fine mesh (shown here, in a brand new vintage knee high from my very own sock drawer). Slowly heat, adding sugar, then boil briefly and remove the scum that forms. Seal or bottle.

The resulting vinegar is incredible: sweet and sour and shockingly fruity. You'll wonder why you never made it before. At least, I did. My only regret is that I made it with the last of my strawberries, so there's no chance of making more this season.

Here's a harvest basket shot. Purely gratuitous. There's something about the blend of green and brown that makes me feel very happy about having a garden, especially right before dinner, even though it's been raining, humid, wet, sticky, buggy, overcast, damp...well, you get the picture. I have so many plastic tarps slung round the garden it's getting hard to arrange tasteful photo ops.

This shot occurred between a thunderstorm and a monsoon. Don't let anyone tell you I am not wildly resourceful. I also work swiftly.


Heather said...

I grew up with raspberry vinegar and I Adore it! Never ever thought to make strawberry vinegar. Now I need to try it...perhaps next year.

A swift working gardener, you say. Want to come work with me. ;-)

sheila said...

Heather, you grew up in a very cultured kitchen. The concept never really caught my attention, well, not enough to try the stuff. Now I'm mad for it.

I just came home to a bumper crop of raspberries, and since I've already made enough raspberry jam, I'm going to put these into vinegar tomorrow.

I'd LOVE to work with you. : )