I love the idea of making homemade gifts, especially of the edible kind. Here’s a recipe from the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council that you can easily put together in a few days from either fresh or frozen blueberries. You don’t have to spend a lot on fancy glass bottles either. Cute Mason jars are all the rage these days. And adding a homemade gift tag and a cute ribbon is a nice touch. If you’re going to make a large batch, head to your local Sam’s Club or Costco for the best price on big bags of frozen blueberries.
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Blueberry Balsamic Vinegar
- 4 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
- 1 quart white balsamic vinegar
- 1/4 cup sugar
- Zest from 1 lime, green part only, in strips
- 1 (3-inch) cinnamon stick
- In a large non-reactive saucepan with a potato masher or the back of a large spoon, crush blueberries. Add vinegar, sugar, lime zest and cinnamon. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, 20 minutes. Cool slightly.
- Pour into a large bowl. Cover and refrigerate for 2 days to allow flavors to blend.
- Place a strainer over a large bowl. In batches, ladle blueberry mixture into strainer.
- With a large spoon, press out as much liquid as possible. Discard solids.
- Pour vinegar into clean glass bottles or jars. Refrigerate, tightly covered, until ready to use. Use in a favorite salad dressing recipe or the following vinaigrette.
- Serving size: varies