Yesterday I was in the middle of packing and trying to get things ready at home. I sat down to take a break and checked mail and my friend had sent me a note and said “When you get home, we need to do this!” and send this video. You know how things work with me. If it looks like more fun than what I’m currently doing, regardless of what HAS to be done today, I’m going to do the more fun thing.
Actually, there were blueberries, raspberries and strawberries in the fridge that needed to be used. There are cranberries in the freezer . . still lots of cranberries that didn’t get made into juice yet, and there are plenty of plums in the freezer from our super productive plum trees last summer.
I’ve made pear vinegar before and it was great. According to the Arne & Carlos video, all you do is add fruit, a little sugar, some kind of vinegar, let it sit . . they have all the instructions in the video.
These were the vinegars I had on hand. A couple of small bottles of balsamic, a bottle of vinegar with saffron and plenty of apple cider vinegar (with the mother).
By the time I got ready to put the vinegar into the jars with the fruit, the plums, which had been frozen, had kinda mushed down in the jar as they thawed so I combined them into one jar, dumped more frozen plums into the other jar so that’s the jar that looks a little cloudy. They were frozen. I probably should have let them defrost before putting them in there but I didn’t.
The jars will sit out for a couple of days and then Vince will put them in the fridge til I get back and can take the next steps. I’m pretty excited to try all these flavors. We use a lot of balsamic reduction on salads, over goat cheese and especially over the roasted brussels sprouts we eat so often.
Of course, I’ll report back on the results once it’s time for the next step.