Strawberry Guava Shrub

INTRODUCTION

Shrub is a syrup made from fruit and preserved with vinegar.  It’s refreshing mixed with water or in a cocktail and it brightens dressings, sauces, and marinades.

INGREDIENTS

Strawberry Guava fruit

sugar

apple cider vinegar

STEP 1

Weigh the fruit.  For every one pound of fruit, use 3/4 cup of sugar and 3/4 cup  of vinegar.  (For example, if you have 8 pounds of fruit, you’ll use 6 cups of sugar and 6 cups of vinegar.)

STEP 2

Place the fruit and the sugar into a non-metal* vessel.  Using clean hands, massage the mixture thoroughly, ensuring that the sugar macerates all of the fruit.

STEP 3

Cover the vessel and place it in the refrigerator for 24 hours.

STEP 4

After 24 hours, add vinegar to the mixture and massage thoroughly.  Cover it and put it back into the refrigerator for another 24 hours.

STEP 5

After 24 hours, strain the liquid, using either nut milk bags or a fine-mesh strainer.  We like to hang the nut milk bags and allow the liquid to drain before squeezing out the rest.

STEP 6

Pour the shrub into a covered jar and place it in the refrigerator.  Use it in sodas, cocktails, and sauces.

It will keep for months; always taste it before serving and discard if you see signs of mold.

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