Strawberry Lavender Compote

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Now that strawberry season in Florida is alive and well, we’ve got a feeling you’re going to end up with some extra berries over the next couple months. These sweet gems are the perfect addition to so many dishes, but we all know too well how quickly they can go bad.

So next time you have a pound of strawberries that are about to go bad, gather them up and make a strawberry lavender compote! We were inspired from a recipe in the book our friend Stephanie Thurow wrote: WECK Small-Batch Preserving. If you’re looking for a bunch of delicious and easy canning, and fermenting recipes, this book is a go-to!

We adapted her Strawberry Compote to add a little vanilla and lavender kick. Feel free to try your own flavors and spices! We also show you how to make it two ways: traditionally canned, and refrigerator style. Both are simple, easy, and slurp up yummy. Read below for the recipe.

STRAWBERRY LAVENDER COMPOTE

Adapted from WECK Small-Batch Preserving

This canning recipe is for 1 pint jar and can be multiplied.
The fridge compote version of this recipe is for 2 pint sized jars and can be multiplied.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound strawberries

  • 1/2 cup water

  • 1/2 cup sugar

  • 4 TB lemon juice

  • 1 tsp lavender buds (optional)

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract (optional)

Instructions for canning (see below for Quick Fridge Compote Recipe):

  1. Fill your canner about 3/4 full of water and place it on the back of your stove. Allow it to come to a boil.

  2. Wash your jars, lids and rings in hot soapy water by hand. Place lids and rings on a dish towel on your counter or table.

  3. Mix all Add water, sugar, lemon juice, lavender and vanilla to small stock pot or large sauce pan and bring to a boil.

  4. Add whole, hulled strawberries and cook together for 2-5 minutes stirring frequently. Then remove from heat.

  5. Place the canning funnel on your jar and ladle in brine leaving a 1/2 inch headspace. (1/2 inch headspace is the last line of the thread at the neck of the jar). Fill all jars this way.

  6. With a damp cloth or paper towel wipe the rim of each jar.

  7. Add lids and rings to each jar, closing each finger tight. You don't have to crank it down hard, just snug.

  8. Add lids and rings to each jar, closing each finger tight. You don't have to crank it down hard, just snug.

  9. Once your hot water bath canner is at a full rolling boil, using canning tongs add jars to the canning rack then submerge canning rack into the pot.

  10. Check and make sure there is at least 2 inches of water over the tops of the jars and that the water is at a full rolling boil. 

  11. Put lid on and process jars for 10 minutes.

  12. When your timer is up remove lid and using jar lifter take jars out of the canner and place them onto the dish towel to cool overnight. 

  13. Next day check to make sure that the lids are sealed. Date jars and store in a cool dry place. If you have any lids that don't seal place in fridge for immediate use.

Quick Fridge Pickle Recipe:

  1. Wash your jars, lids and rings in hot soapy water by hand. Place lids and rings on a dish towel on your counter or table.

  2. Add water, sugar, lemon juice, lavender and vanilla to a pot and bring to a boil.

  3. Allow sugar to fully dissolve stirring frequently then remove from heat and allow to sit.

  4. Add hulled strawberries to jars. *for the fridge pickle version of this recipe 1 lb of hulled strawberries makes 2 pint size jars. 

  5. Place the canning funnel on your first jar and ladle in syrup leaving a 1/2 inch headspace.

  6. With a damp cloth or paper towel wipe the rim of each jar.

  7. Add lids and rings to each jar, closing each finger tight. You don't have to crank it down hard, just snug.

  8. Allow to cool over night on the counter. 

  9. Refrigerate next day. They can be eaten next day, but allow to cure for 2-4 weeks for maximum spice diffusion. 


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