Vinegar Sweetened Frozen Strawberries

Vinegar Sweetened Frozen Strawberries

Sometimes simplicity is all one needs amidst the chaos of our every day lives. This effortless treat surprised me. It came about as a result of my shrub obsession and having a ridiculous amount of frozen strawberries in the freezer. Shrubs, if unfamiliar, are an infusion of vinegar, sweetener and fruit. The vinegar is brought to a boil and combined with the sweetener which is then poured over fruit to infuse. Generally, fresh fruit is used, but I was low on fresh and figured why not use frozen.

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Fig Vinegars

Fig Vinegars

I am a hoarder. No, not the little old lady kind who fill their 600 square foot home with a herd of 55 cats and a pair of parakeets. No, my hoarding takes place in my refrigerator. Truth, ask anyone who has lived with me and they will attest that if there is a square inch of fridge space vacant, I can fill it.

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Sumac Sparkling Shrub

Sumac Sparkling Shrub

Dew points in the 70s and triple digit temperatures make for quite the unhappy populous. Sweaty, sticky...even when I was snapping photos outdoors my little jar of brewing sumac vinegar was a drippy perspiring mess. What better thing for a week of balmy jungle weather than a refreshing fizzy drink?! Ladies and gents I bring you sumac sparkling shrub.

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Mulberry & Black Currant Vinegar & Shrub with Lemon Balm

Mulberry & Black Currant Vinegar & Shrub with Lemon Balm

This recipe started out as just vinegar.  Upon further research it morphed into a "shrub" aka a sweet & sour vinegar drink spiked with sparkling soda.  Both recipes come from Put Em' Up! Fruits by Sherri Brooks VInton.

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