Tuesday, May 18, 2010

tinkered preserves



Strawberries have been on sale at the market. I thought it would be fun to make preserves.



Not wanting to mess around with sterilizing and processing jars, I decided to make half of the recipe. It yielded just enough preserves for a few amazing breakfasts.



The fresh, sweet flavor and consistency is wonderful over toast, croissants, english muffins -- even stirred into oatmeal. Or maybe topping vanilla bean ice cream? The possibilities are endless.

Just Enough Strawberry Preserves
1 pound fresh strawberries, hulled, and sliced or chopped
2.5 cups white sugar
1 tablespoon vinegar
Less than a pinch of salt

In a pot, combine the strawberries, sugar, vinegar, and salt. Bring to a rolling boil and cook, stirring frequently for 15 to 20 minutes.

Let cool and serve. Keep refrigerated. Probably keeps up to 1 week (if it lasts that long)



I like to make recipes like this while stuck in the kitchen doing something else. I made a second batch tonight.

Is it breakfast yet?

xo
elyse

ps
Deb at A Nesting Place is having a Cath Kidston giveaway!

45 comments:

Maryjane-The Beehive Cottage said...

I can almost taste the preserves! Looks so yummy and pretty! Heavenly on some buttered sourdough bread! Oh darn, I want some NOW!

Love you Elyse!
Maryjane
xox

debi said...

Oooooh! Your preserves look yummy....especially served in that sweet bowl. Thanks for the recipe.

koralee said...

Yummmmm...I make raspberry..strawberry and blueberry jam every year! Nothing is better than fresh jam...yours looks amazing. xoxoxo enjoy!

Cindy said...

This is one I will use!! I still have so much plum jelly and grape jelly from last year.I need a little sumpin different!! This looks so yummy..and I love your pictures!!

Hugs..Cindy from Rick-Rack and Gingham

Kelee Katillac said...

O.k. so I am drooling more than Oliver Wendell and that is a LOT!!!

Strawberry preserves are an all time favorite of mine!

Thank-you and your images are beautiful as always!

love, kelee

Pansy Cottage Girl said...

YUM! Aren't you the Jill of all trades!

Mary Ellen said...

Elyse your preserves look so yummy! I used to make strawberry freezer jam all the time when I had my strawberry patch!! I am working on a strawberry patch here in Colorado so maybe next year....

Jill said...

Mmmmmm...yummy! That looks so delish! Thanks for sharing the recipe-- I may just try it!
Hugs,
Jill

Jessica at Kids Napping? I'm Scrapping! said...

yum! i will definitely try this. i'm thinking it would be divine on homemade bread.

It's me said...

Yummie.......they look delicious .....what a sweet breakfast idea............happy sunny day...hugs from Ria

Theresa said...

YUMM! Can't wait for breakfast and this looks simple enough for EVEN me:) Have a blessed day dear Elyse! HUGS!

Paula said...

that looks so yummy! my daughter just developed an allergy to strawberries...I'd have to hide this! :)

Katy Noelle said...

Just the sight and thought of these ~ I'm good for the day, now!

Have I mentioned the "Curlew Country" blog or "Vintage, Pretty and Shabby" blog? Those are two WONDERFUL blogs! Both ladies are from England. I just can't help but think that you would love them!!!! (If you do visit, scroll through so that you can get a good sampling. Steff, at Curlew Country leads a life full of ordinary magic! She's the one who got me started on blogging. Sairer, at Vintage, Pretty and Shabby is hysterically funny! Check out her naughty hens!) I'm sure that they google easily or they're in my sidebar, if you're interested.

Anyway, thanks for the sweetness and light! Katy xo

Sherry from Alabama said...

Hi, Elyse,

I have an award over on my blog that I would love to pass on to you...CC from Lace 'n' Ribbon Roses passed it on to me.

Sherry @ A Happy Valentine

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

my mouth is watering!!!!!

looks like a great and easy recipe that i will give a whirl.

staying away from ice cream though!! not good for my figure. ha.

xoxo
becky

Zuzu said...

Sweet!!!

& the recipe sounds easy too! :)

Scrap for Joy said...

You never mentioned just eating it with a spoon :)
I make freezer strawberry jam...it's easier than canning, too.
Looks yummy to me Elyse!

Claudia said...

Yum! I can taste them through my laptop. I have no jelly or jam here in the apartment!

xo
Claudia

myletterstoemily said...

oh, do those look delicious!

Carmelina said...

yum....tis the season for fresh berries....i just love the smell of a basket of strawberries....

if I have too many, i just stick them in the freezer after washing them and cutting off the green parts....then we toss frozen berries in our milkshakes and smoothies! yum....guess where I'm going right now....

if you guessed to the freezer, you're right!
ciao bella
creative carmelina

Brenda@Cozy Little House said...

I'm too lazy to do this myself. But I do recall tasting this lovely confection as a child. There is no replacement for fresh from the jar preserves!
Brenda

Shabbyfufu said...

Oh yummo Elyse! Can you send some down my way~lol! I am thinking of trying to make mango preserves this year when they are ripe and ready. XO, Janet

Shabbyfufu said...

OMG...what a hoot abt the comments Elyse! And I do remember the "owe me a coke" thing from the way distant past:-) xo, Janet

Country Dreaming said...

This sounds great! I'm with you--I don't want to have to all the prep first.
What did you store this in?
Yum! Yum!

Melinda

LaurieStar said...

Of course, now I want to make this right away - and it's 10pm! Looks yummy!

Lisa said...

Yummy! Thanks for the recipe!
Hugs, Lisa

I Love Pretty Little Things said...

What a great idea idea to make just a small batch at a time. I'm go'in for it!

Julie Harward said...

Hey, long time no see! Nice to hear from you. I love this idea here...looks so yummy! :D

aimee said...

i love strawberry preserves. so yummy! ive been wanting to try making strawberry preserve. on toast with coffee! perfect!
blessings,
aimee

KarenHarveyCox said...

Oh, just in time for strawberry season. Thanks for the recipe, I always want to purchase the large gorgeous strawberries at the market, but I needed a good recipe. Speaking of recipes, I have one for happiness today and I included a link to your post on Brimfield's.

Have a great day.

Karen

Bringing Pretty Back said...

Isn't it just like summertime in a bowl!
Have a pretty day!
Kristin

Free Pretty Things For You said...

i have never made jam preserves! going to have to try it now!

you could ask any question you want to my dear!
no, construction paper doesnt work well at all lol.. it gets stuck and its horrible to work with the punches.. i just use regular white card stock from staples.. its like $14 for the pack but it lasts a really long time :)then i just cut the strips 2 inches wide each then punch the 2 sides :)
If you want to use regular computer paper you have to punch 2 strips at a the same time or else its really hard to work with.. hope that helps!!
XOxOoxOO!
Keren

Katsui Jewelry said...

That looks WONDERFUL! I am so hungry just looking at your lovely pictures!

Suz

Janet Bernasconi said...

Love your blog and that recipe for preserves looks really delicious. I have to try it. Thanks for sharing and I am glad I came across your blog.

Have a great day,
Janet Bernasconi
Janet's Creative Pillows

Suzy's Vintage Attic said...

It looks and I can imagine, smells delicious too!
Pierre Georges Danset

A Vintage Chic said...

Oh, yummy, Elyse! Don't know how I missed this post a couple of days ago...I'm a slacker, I guess!

Love recipes like this--so does my family! Thanks for sharing it...hope you're having a beautiful day!

shabbyscraps said...

ummmm yum! I'll be over in the morning...
xoxo, Tiffany

Rose Brier Studio said...

Yummmm

Elsie said...

Thanks Elyse for the nice comment
on Becky's blog about my quilt.
And a big thanks for this recipe.
I love strawberries and this looks
wonderful,I bet even over ice cream. YUM!!!:o)

T's Daily Treasures said...

I have always wanted to be a preserving, canning kinda gal, but was always afraid of the sterilizing process. Who know you could make a small amount and use it up right away! :) Sounds delish. Have a happy week ahead. Blessings, Tammy

Les Cotrions said...

Mmmm it looks delicious! Lovely ideas on your nice blog and beautiful items on your etsyshop!!!
Happy new week!
Vale

Beach Vintage said...

Hi Elyse, I have always wanted to make my own jam ( and chutney) so thanks for this recipe darl.

Katy Noelle said...

I've been when my kids were in strollers and they had a blast. You know, different things are interesting to them at different ages. We missed a bit because we got there later in the day. (ie the firing of the arms or whatever it's called.=]) My boys are now 8, 10 and 12 and they had an absolute blast. They had fun when they were in strollers, too! I wonder when the great house will be open.....

Free Pretty Things For You said...

aw im so glad u liked it!!

Nishant said...

Thanks for the recipe.
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