While searching for recipes, other than jam, to use in canning strawberries, I found this Strawberry Vinaigrette Salad Dressing recipe on the Ball Canning website
5 quarts (25 cups) fresh whole strawberries, washed and stemmed
1 quart (4 cups) white distilled vinegar
This recipe claimed to fill six 8-oz. jars...
Not sure I would even like this dressing, I decided to modify it a bit (plus I didn't want to use up that many strawberries just yet until I knew if I liked the dressing and if I could get more berries soon)
Here's what I did.
I washed, stemmed, and sliced six cups of strawberries and put them in a glass bowl then poured one cup of white distilled vinegar over them. I let them sit on the counter, covered with plastic wrap, for about 24 hours.
I heated my pint jars by running them through the dishwasher, and put my lids and rings in simmering water and kept them hot until I was ready for them.
I strained the strawberry vinegar mixture through a fine mesh wire strainer (this took awhile, I let it drip, drip, drip while I was doing other things)... I ended up with 2 cups of liquid. Against everything that was in me, I discarded the leftover strawberries (just couldn't come up with a use for vinegar saturated strawberries).
Next I place the strawberry vinegar (the liquid only) into a stainless steel saucepan, added an equal amount of sugar (2 cups) and brought the mixture to a boil.
I ladled the hot vinaigrette into the hot pint jars leaving a half inch headspace.
I wiped the rims of the jars with a damp cloth, removed the lids from the simmering water with my magnetic wand gadget, and put the lids on the jars until fit is fingertip tight.
I processed the jars (there were TWO!!! Yay!) in a boiling water canner for 10 minutes, then removed the hot jars from the canner using my jar lifter, set them on a folded dish towel on the counter to cool, and listened for the PING! sound of a successfully sealed jar.
I'm thinking this salad dressing, with its sweet/tangy/berry flavor, will be yummy on a salad with a bitter-ish lettuce, like romaine, a soft cheese (mozzarella? feta?), and some kind of nuts (pecans? walnuts?) along with sliced strawberries of course!
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