The Cooking Cat

Strawberry Vanilla Marmelade

Spring time, strawberry time. Yes, it has started some weeks ago. Everywhere you go you see strawberries and all the amazing things you can do with them. So what about the time when the strawberry season is over? Well, now you still have the chance to stock up on home-made strawberry marmelade for the season, when it is a little bit more difficult to get strawberries.

What you need: (for 2 glasses)

  • 600g strawberries (the more mature they are the more intense your marmelade will taste)
  • 250g brown sugar
  • 2 vanilla beans
  • 50ml balsamic apple vinegar (wtf vinegar? – YES it will actually boost the taste)

Please note that I am not using any gelatine or jellifying sugars. Strawberries contain pectines which are naturally will let the marmelade get a jelly texture

How you do it:

Dice the strawberries thoroughly. Scrape the seeds from the vanilla bean and mix the with the strawberries. Cover the strawberries with the sugar and the balsamic apple vinegar. Let the mix rest for at least 12 hours. This time will allow the aromas to mix perfectly with each other.

After 12 hours start heating up the mix in a pot. Let it cook for 1 hour aprox. at a low temperature. Once you see the liquids around the strawberries jellify you will know that the marmelade is ready.

Before filling the marmaelade glasses make sure that they are very clean and dry. This will help to conserve the marmelade for one year aprox. Fill the glasses and close them afterwards. The cooling marmelade will help to create a vaccuum container.

Enjoy

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