Monday, April 19, 2010

Strawberry Dressing

My local grocery store had strawberry's for $1 a LB. So first came this great Strawberry Vinaigrette Dressing.

Strawberry Vinaigrette dressing
Makes about 6 (8 oz) half pints

You will need:
5 quarts (25 cups) fresh whole strawberries, washed and stemmed
1 quart (4 cups) white distilled vinegar
6 Ball® Collection Elite® Platinum (8 oz) Jars

1.) PLACE strawberries in a large stainless steel saucepot or plastic container.
2.) POUR vinegar over strawberries. Cover container tightly with plastic wrap and let stand overnight in a dark, cool place (70°F to 75°F).
3.) PREPARE boiling water canner. Heat jars and lids in simmering water until ready for use. Do not boil. Set bands aside.
4.) STRAIN liquid from strawberries, collecting in a large liquid measure. Liquid should be red and clear (no pulp). Measure liquid.
5.) PLACE strawberry vinegar in a clean, large stainless steel saucepan. Add an equal amount of sugar, stirring to combine. Bring mixture just to a boil. Remove from heat and skim foam if necessary.
6.) LADLE hot vinaigrette into hot jars leaving 1/4 inch headspace. Wipe rim. Center lid on jar. Apply band until fit is fingertip tight.
7.) PROCESS jars in a boiling water canner for 10 minutes, adjusting for altitude. Remove jars and cool. Check lids for seal after 24 hours. Lid should not flex up and down when center is pressed.

Strawberry Romaine salad
Makes about 8 servings
2 large heads romaine lettuce
1 to 2 pints (about 2-1/2 – 5 cups) strawberries, hulled and sliced
1 cup grated Monterey jack cheese
1/2 cup toasted chopped walnuts, optional
Strawberry Vinaigrette Dressing (see recipe above)

1.) WASH romaine lettuce and dry. Tear into pieces. Place into clear salad bowl.
2.) ADD sliced strawberries on top of romaine lettuce. Sprinkle with cheese and chopped walnuts.
3.) DRIZZLE with Strawberry Vinaigrette Dressing just before serving.

- Posted by Me

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