Sin-A-Mon Tales

A chronicle of my kitchen experiments, a little healthy a little indulgent

Strawberry Balsamic Pepper Preserve

I love strawberries, I have been buying them by the kilos from my grocer and using them in everything. Baking with them, eating them just like that, making a jam, ice creams and then some where an idea hit me to use it with balsamic vinegar and then I saw Sonya use pepper with them and I knew that strawberry, balsamic and pepper is a combination that HAS to be tried.

I tried and loved it, we finished a bottle in a week then I made again and we finished it yet again, This recipe is a keeper I assure you and damn oh so easy… So I thought I will do a quick post with it

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And the jam is as simple as 1-2-3

Soak strawberries with sugar, leave for 2 hours

Soak strawberries with sugar, leave for 2 hours

Simmer for sometime and done

Simmer for sometime and done of wait there is no three too 🙂

Recipe – Strawberry Balsamic Pepper Preserve

What I used

2 cups strawberries chopped
1 cup brown sugar (in repeated retrails I have tried reducing the sugar upto 1/2 cup and it works)
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 tsp black pepper
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 vanilla pod

How I made it

Cut and scrape the vanilla pods to gather all the vanilla seeds
Soak washed strawberries with sugar, lemon juice and vanilla (both the seeds and pod) for two hours, they will leave a lot of water
At this point start to heat them, bring to a boil and reduce the heat…
Add freshly ground pepper and let it simmer for about 20 minutes or so till it thickens
Add the balsamic vinegar and let it simmer for another 5 minutes
Switch off the gas and let the preserve cool down.
Take off the vanilla pod and put it in sterilized jam cans

Shelf Life – 1 week at room temprature, 1 month in the refrigerator, mine never gets past one week stage

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5 comments on “Strawberry Balsamic Pepper Preserve

  1. DIvya
    March 6, 2013

    Is it 2 tbsp or 2 cups lemon juice?

  2. vidvidvid
    March 23, 2013

    I made this and it is god awesome! I made it with 1 kilo of strawberries 🙂 and hope to preserve it till 27th of this month for my husband’s birthday cake!. The flavors are amazing vanilla, peppers and the balsamic hit! Thanks for sharing!….I made it last night at an ungodly 2 am, and it has me smiling from ear to ear today 🙂 🙂 And btw I am a new fan. My name is Vidya.

  3. Aathira
    March 25, 2013

    A question: Do the strawberries breakdown into smaller pieces by themselves? Never ever made a preserve / jam. This looks very tempting, so planning on trying it out.

  4. literarysojourn
    April 2, 2013

    Can I use vanilla essence instead? Thanks.

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