I’ll bet your are thinking what the heck kind of strawberry syrup I could be talking about, but stick with me, you will love this recipe. It’s cheap, it’s easy, it’s delicious, and it’s made from cast-off strawberry tops that would normally go into the trash or compost heap! Sound good? Heck yeah!
If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know that I’m into using my trash to make some treasure. Whether it be banana peel fertilizer water or dry potassium fertilizer from old banana peels, my perfect homemade croutons from stale bread, cheap drip waterers from used water bottles, or just plain using all of the harvest in creative ways, I’m totally into it. I love being able to get more use out of the things that I would have otherwise thrown away. One more stop along the way before the landfill or even the compost pile or chickens makes me feel like a domestic farm goddess.
Here’s my favorite strawberry syrup recipe. This can be made with fresh strawberries, but for some reason when I make it from our strawberry tops, it tastes all the sweeter. See if you feel the same way as I do.
Easy Homemade Strawberry Syrup
2 quarts of strawberry tops (or 1 quart strawberries)
1/2 – 1 cup sugar (your preference)
juice from half a lemon (or 1 Tbsp lemon juice)
Add strawberry tops to a large bowl, top with sugar and lemon juice.
Stir around to incorporate the sugar and lemon juice evenly with the strawberries.
Cover and allow to macerate in the refrigerator overnight.
The next day, add all of the contents in the bowl to your blender.
Blend everything up, then put it all through a metal sieve to strain.
Use a silicone spatula to scrape the inside of the sieve, allowing the juice to run through the small holes. (You may need to scrap the outside of the sieve to get all of the strawberry goodness into your bowl.)
Once all of the juice has drained and all you have left is a lump of ground stems and pulp, give it to the chickens (remember that there is likely still some sugar left, so if your chickens have had a sugary treat already, just add the waste to your compost pile).
This should make about 2-3 cups of syrup. Store your strawberry syrup for up to two weeks in the fridge or for longer in the freezer.
Use to flavor your homemade lemonade, homebrewed kombucha, over pancakes, in your iced tea or smoothies, or anywhere else you would use strawberry syrup to give them all a fantastic flavor.
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