Vanilla Pickled Strawberries Are Perfection | Kraft in the Kitchen

Vanilla Pickled Strawberries Are Perfection

Last month, I celebrated a sweet day with my special guy. Since we cook most nights of the week, we decided it would be special not to do the dishes. So he whisked me off to small downtown restaurant at sunset for one of the most wonderful and unique meals I’ve ever had!

Each course was more colorful and delicious than the last, but one was especially memorable: seeded crackers spread with spring onion goat cheese, topped with pickled strawberries and a pinch of mint. Simple as this strawberry recipe sounds, it was astoundingly delicious! One bite of the loaded cracker, and a kaleidoscope of flavors came bursting through—salty, sweet, creamy, tangy. They were so incredible that we asked for a second order and contemplated stuffing jars of pickled strawberries in my purse as we exited. I was determined to re-create this unlikely new favorite at home!

Vanilla Bean Pickled Strawberry Recipe Ingredients

These Vanilla Pickled Strawberries are surprisingly simple to make. I started with a carton of the freshest, plumpest strawberries I could find, then chopped them up and put them in a glass jar along with seeds scraped from a vanilla bean. Then I poured a cooled mixture of water, sugar and apple cider vinegar over the strawberries and sealed the jar tightly. After at least 30 minutes in the refrigerator, these pickled strawberries are ready and will last up to two weeks in the fridge.

I always choose all-natural HEINZ® Apple Cider Vinegar. It’s a perfect complement to the sweet strawberries, since it is made from fruit already—sweet apples and the finest grapes. It adds tartness but brings out the sweetness in the strawberries for a fabulous flavor experience. I love using it for pickling vegetables as well!

Vanilla Bean Pickled Strawberries with Vinegar

I’ll be serving these as part of my Vanilla Bean Pickled Strawberries with Goat Cheese Crostini. If you want to make crostini but don’t like goat cheese, try a garlic-herb cream cheese spread instead. A drizzle of balsamic reduction, or an addition of fresh summer corn or even prosciutto, would give these crostini over-the-top flavor! Otherwise, these tart and sweet pickled strawberries are especially delicious in salads, with cream cheese on your morning bagel or even stirred into vanilla ice cream for a unique treat!

Vanilla Bean Pickled Strawberry Recipe in Jars

My special guy and I enjoy re-creating our first date—a picnic in the park—so this summer I will definitely pack a basket of these tangy-sweet strawberries, cheeses, meats, a baguette and maybe this mini cheesecake recipe.

For more delicious inspirations, check out these picnic recipes and more canning and pickling ideas.


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    Jill Elliott says:

    I would love try this but have never pickled anything before. Would you please tell me how t make the vinegar mixture? Thanks so much!

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      Hi Jill, thank you for reaching out to us! Please click on the dark blue recipe title in the post above to view the full Vanilla Bean Pickled Strawberries with Goat Cheese Crostini recipe.

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    Joan Hylinski says:

    Could you please tell me how much of the Heinz apple cider vinegar to use? The recipe only says 1/2 of what? Thank you in advance and have a nice day.

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