Pear Shrub with Vanilla and Cardamom
- 5 ripe USA pears, such as Starkrimson or Red Bartlett, large dice
- 1 vanilla bean, scrapings and pod
- 8 whole cardamom pods, lightly crushed and toasted in a dry pan
- 1 ½ cups sugar
- 1 ½ cups apple cider vinegar
In a 2 quart jar or other large container, combine the diced pear, vanilla bean and scrapings, toasted cardamom pods, and sugar. Seal the jar and rotate it several times to combine the ingredients. Place on the counter for 48 hours, rotating the jar twice daily to further mix the ingredients. The pears will release a lot of liquid and the sugar will begin to dissolve.
After 48 hours, add the vinegar to the jar. Seal and rotate the jar to combine. Place on the counter for another 24 hours, turning several times a day to be sure that the vinegar dissolves all of the sugar. Once the sugar has dissolved, strain the mixture through a sieve over a large bowl, pressing down on the pears gently to extract as much of the liquid as possible. Discard the pears, vanilla bean, and cardamom pods. Transfer the liquid into clean glass jars. The shrub can be stored in the refrigerator for several months.
Note: To make the pear soda pictured, combine 3 tablespoons shrub, ice, and unflavored sparkling water in a pint glass and stir to combine.
- Serving Size: 1 TBSP
- Calories: 25
- Carbohydrate: 7g
- Dietary Fiber: 0g
- Protein: 0g
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