"jar your berries"
Mason jars have become a staple in my house both in my pantry and in my fridge. A few years ago I read that storing your berries in mason jars can elongate their shelf life. Ever since I have stored my blueberries, strawberries and blackberries in mason jars. Do not wash your berries before placing them in the jar.
Berries that used to only last a few days now last up to two weeks! With how expensive berries are I went from never buying them because I couldn’t eat them fast enough before they were moldy to always buying them.
When preparing dinner, let your kids wash the berries and slice the strawberries. Strawberries cut pretty easily and can be cut with a dinner knife or even a plastic disposable knife. Kids love helping and they will feel part of the process. My daughter never liked strawberries much but recently I had her slice some up for dinner and in the process she decided to “try one”. Let’s just say she almost ate her weight in strawberries that night.
Blueberry Balsamic Reduction
When balsamic vinegar is reduced it becomes sweeter. This is one of those super easy ways to add flavor to a dish like pork tenderloin or to a crostini appetizer that looks fancy but takes no time to make! Store leftover balsamic reduction in a small mason jar in the fridge.
1 cup balsamic vinegar
1 cup blueberries
1 TBS lemon juice
salt to taste
1. Crush blueberries in a small sauce pan. I use a potato masher.
2. Add balsamic vinegar to the sauce pan.
3. Put sauce pan on medium low heat and stir occasionally.
4. The balsamic vinegar should reduce by about half.
5. If the balsamic reduction gets too thick just add a little water to thin the reduction back out.
Drizzle over pork or use as a glaze on chicken on the grill. So good!