Strawberry Syrup and a Giveaway

Strawberry Syrup

Another strawberry post!! Yes, we picked many berries and did several things with them. We actually picked another two gallons this past weekend and made strawberry ice cream too. This post has a bonus though, my first giveaway.

As you may recall I had a birthday recently. I received two copies of the same cookbook so ya’ll can benefit from my extra copy. The book is titled Food in Jars: Preserving in Small Batches Year-Round and is by Marisa McClellan. Let me just say I have been drooling over my copy of the book!

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I am somewhat new to canning, having begun just a few years ago. While I am not a huge fan of the process, especially the whole heating the house during a hot and humid summer, you just cannot beat the end result.

Preserving food allows you to enjoy your own garden produce, or farmer’s market produce, year round. There are so many things to make, things I hadn’t even thought of until I got this cookbook. Some of the things I am looking forward to trying out are Pear Ginger Jam (our pear tree overflows later this summer), Orange Vanilla Curd, Spicy Tomato Chutney, Spicy Honey Mustard, Pickled Brussels Sprouts and Lemony Pickled Cauliflower. There are many others, but I had to limit myself here!!

There are so many things to make. Items you just can’t find in grocery stores, not even the fanciest gourmet shops. I’m getting hungry just writing about it again!

The first recipe I tried from this book had to be using strawberries of course! I made the Strawberry Syrup, page 175. It is basically a strawberry simple syrup. You cook the strawberries in water until they release all their juices and flavors. Then discard the fruit, add sugar to the liquid and cook until dissolved. The recipe actually has you preserve it in a water bath, I didn’t bother since a simple syrup will keep in the fridge for months…and in this house it won’t last long at all!

Strawberry Syrup Collage

We have already enjoyed the syrup many ways. The kids like it as a kiddie cocktail substitute. So much better than all the additives in grenadine! They had it with bubbly lemonade, so pretty much a homemade strawberry lemonade. Josh and I like it that way too, plus some vodka! It also makes a great strawberry margarita….Cinco de Mayo anyone?!

If you want to win this awesome cookbook it’s very simple. Leave a comment about your favorite thing to preserve, or if you haven’t dabbled in preserving yet something you would like to try. You have one week to enter, a winner will be picked randomly from the comments on May 12.  Make sure you have an email address attached to your gravitar or check back next week for the winner.

Strawberry Syrup

Recipe adapted slightly from Food in Jars: Preserving in Small Batches Year-Round by Marisa McClellan
Strawberry Syrup
4 c. fresh strawberries, hulled and chopped
3c. water
2 c. sugar

Combine the strawberries and water in a medium pot and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and allow to simmer until the berries are soft, approximately 15 minutes.

Strain the berries and their juices through a fine sieve over a large bowl. Allow all the juices to fall through, being careful NOT to push the berries. Discard the solids (no need to toss though, they are still great in a smoothie with other fruit or in yogurt etc).

Place the liquid in a pot and add the sugar, bringing it to a boil so the sugar dissolves. Skim off any foam that may rise to the top. Pour into sterilized bottles and store in the fridge. It will keep for a couple months…assuming it will last that long.

Yields 4 cups

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9 thoughts on “Strawberry Syrup and a Giveaway

    1. MamaD1xx4xy Post author

      Also great drinks for preggies! I had many a virgin cocktails in martini glasses or my favorite hand blown wine glass while pregnant!

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    1. MamaD1xx4xy Post author

      Thanks Amy! I love homemade limoncello. I am out right now but do have one made with oranges, also delish. Have you ever made a drunken fruit salad with your limoncello? So easy and wonderful…fresh diced fruits, berries etc, drizzle with limoncello and fresh chopped mint.

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  1. Liz

    THAT is brilliance. I’ve been inundated with strawberries before, too, and can’t believe this didn’t occur to me. We usually cook it down into sauce, which is tasty, but too much texture to mix nicely in drinks. Also love that you can have it gussy up both kid and adult beverages. So pretty, too 🙂

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    1. MamaD1xx4xy Post author

      Brilliant indeed! So glad I got that cookbook. I have made mango simple syrup before since it puréed so well but never thought of strawberry. I will have to try a peach version when they come in this summer. I love me some peach sweet tea! Of course I wouldn’t turn down peach cocktails either!

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  2. ChgoJohn

    Sounds like a great book and I’m making that syrup recipe. Like you, I started canning just a couple years ago and I’ve been going full-steam ever since. I preserved a strawberry jam with balsamic vinegar and black pepper that I really enjoy, It’s great on toast or with a pork roast. Now that’s versatility. 🙂

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    1. MamaD1xx4xy Post author

      I just love strawberries and balsamic together too. I just made a strawberry vanilla jam this morning, had to freeze the rest of my berries since time didn’t allow for anything else. Happy canning…the busy season is approaching.

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  3. Liz

    What a strawberry filled week with delicious treats! At least you began canning a few years ago, I am yet to begin…well at least the strawberry syrup looks easy to make and the photos you took are really nice. I look forward to more recipes from food in a jar. Have a great weekend!

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