Florida strawberry season may only be from November to April each year, but there are many options to enjoy strawberries after the season ends, such as canning, freezing and pickling. Today, I’m sharing a very simple and oh-so-delicious recipe to pickle strawberries to use on a shortcake, or if you’re like me, to just enjoy straight out of the jar!
One of my favorite things about Florida strawberry season is the ability to check out u-pick berry farms. Central Florida is home to several different farms and it is so much fun to hop in the car and spend the day picking berries! It’s also relatively affordable which makes it the perfect activity to enjoy with your kids or significant other on a beautiful Spring day.
To make the most of your day strawberry pickin’, here are some handy tips:
- Wear sunscreen and a hat! It’s always smart to wear sunscreen on the daily, but when you’re out in the strawberry fields, there isn’t much shade and the Florida sun can be brutal at times, so wearing sunscreen is a must!
- When you’re in the rows picking berries, be sure to pick all of the ripe berries from one plant before moving to the next one. The growers will appreciate this and it will reduce the amount of berries left in the field.
- Bring your own container. The bigger, the better!
- Most u-pick farms have other activities for families to enjoy after they are done picking berries. If you plan on staying awhile, bring ice to keep the strawberries cool.
Growing up in Wisconsin, my family and I always canned and pickled veggies from our garden in the Fall. Preserving fruits and veggies in various ways always reminded me of warmer weather and looking forward to future meals and memories outside on our patio by the pool enjoying summer meals with whatever bounty we had pickled and canned the previous season.
Picking fruits and veggies may sound like an intimidating process, but I promise it’s easy! Start with your choice of fruit or veggies chopped up and placed in a jar. Make your brine and pour over the fruit or veggies, seal and let cool before placing in the refrigerator. After pickling a few things, you’ll be an expert in no time!
The key to these tangy-sweet pickled berries is finding the plumpest Florida strawberries. They should be easy to find since most Florida grocers carry them while in season. After chopping up the berries and placing them in the jar with the beans scraped from the vanilla pod, a cooled mixture of apple cider vinegar, sugar and water is poured over the berries before sealing. Once opened For the entire recipe, scroll down.
Oh! Here is another tip. Once you’ve devoured the strawberries (trust me, they won’t last long), you can use the leftover pickling liquid to make a sweet-tart vinaigrette!
These pickled berries are the perfect topping for your favorite shortcake, which I’ve created as part of this recipe. Just take your favorite biscuit or shortcake shell and top with whipped cream, sliced fresh Florida strawberries, the other half of your top (if using a biscuit) and finish with a generous dollop of whipped cream and pickled berries with brine to add extra flavor. Easy and delish!
- 1 pound of fresh Florida strawberries
- ½ cup plus 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- ½ cup plus 2 tablespoons water
- ½ cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
- ½ vanilla bean, scrap out the beans to use
- Biscuit or shortcake recipe of your choice
- Whipped cream
- Combine apple cider vinegar, water and sugar in sauce pan. Bring to a boil and shut off burner when starting to boil.
- Meamwhile, wash, remove stems and quarter or halve strawberries. Be sure to leave some in slices to put on your shortcake for later.
- Place berries in sterilized canning jars with scraped vanilla bean.
- Pour liquid mixture over berries.
- Refrigerate for 24 hours.
- Assemble shortcake as you prefer. Top with whipped cream and pickled berries. Enjoy!
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This post is sponsored by Florida Strawberry Growers Association in conjunction with a social media campaign through Sunday Supper LLC. All opinions are my own.