Easy Homemade Strawberry Syrup from Your Trash

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!

Easy Strawberry Syrup from Your Trash - Stone Family Farmstead

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)

make strawberry syrup from strawberry scraps - Stone Family Farmstead

Add strawberry tops to a large bowl, top with sugar and lemon juice.

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Stir around to incorporate the sugar and lemon juice evenly with the strawberries.

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Cover and allow to macerate in the refrigerator overnight.

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The next day, add all of the contents in the bowl to your blender.

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Blend everything up, then put it all through a metal sieve to strain.

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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.)

strawberry syrup - Stone Family Farmstead

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).

Delicious and Cheap Strawberry Syrup - Stone Family Farmstead

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.

Tea with Fresh Strawberry Syrup - Stone Family Farmstead

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.

Shared at Simple Saturdays Blog Hop, Simply Natural Saturday, Good Morning Mondays, Homemade Mondays, Make Your Home Sing Monday, The Art of Homemaking Mondays, Hey Momma Link Party, Foppema’s Farm Recipe Swap, MisAdventures Monday, Tuesdays with a Twist, Tasty Tuesday, Tuesday Garden Party, Homesteading Blog Hop, Wildcrafting Wednesday, Our Simple Homestead Blog Hop, Weekend Blog Hop, Awesome Life Friday, From the Farm, Front Porch Friday

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Kristi Stone

Kristi Stone

Honestly? I'm the author of this blog...sometimes. My family and I live in Sunny Southern California on a one acre hobby farm where we are working diligently to one day produce our dairy, eggs, and produce. That takes A LOT of work, so if you don't hear from me as soon as you'd like, give me a shout out in the comments and I'll chat back as soon as I can between the garden, goat kids, chickens, husband, human kids, and playing with my grandboy, Kieran. And in the mean time, if you'd like to see more frequently what goes on at our farm, please feel free to join my Facebook group (see the right column) where I am more active. I'd love to get to know you! 🙂
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  1. Wonderful! Thanks so much!

  2. Thanks for sharing this I was hoping you would.
    I’m a strawberry and raspberry nut; this is going to be fantastic over waffles.

    • You are welcome, Carole! It’s such an easy recipe and tastes great when added to pretty much anything that tastes good with a strawberry compliment. Enjoy!

  3. What a great use for the strawberry tops! I always feel bad for throwing them out. Thanks for this awesome recipe. 🙂

  4. This is a great way to use every part of your food. Never thought of using the strawberries tops this way. thanks for sharing. Visiting from Wildcrafting Wednesdays.

  5. What a great idea and a great way to minimize waste. Thanks for sharing at the Weekend Blog Hop (myflagstaffhome.com).


  6. What a great resourceful recipe. Thanks for sharing at the Recipe Swap.

  7. Oh, wow! How very clever! I’d like to feature this tomorrow at Tuesdays with a Twist! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

  8. Once again you’ve got me thinking about using leftovers in a new way! My mind is spinning, this would work on peaches, pears or apples. I guess I better get cooking…Thanks for stopping by Front Porch Friday, we’re featuring your post this week. – Shelle

    • There are just SO many things we can do with our scraps, Shelle! A friend just told me about “peach pit jelly” which is made from, you guessed it–peach pits (probably the non-freestone variety that some of the fruit clings to). I LOVE finding ways to stretch food and make more from it, it’s a challenge for me. Apples scraps can be used to make apple cider vinegar, and I’ll bet you can probably squeeze some pear juice from your pear scraps as well, maybe to make a jelly or something like that! So many options! Thank you so much for featuring my post, I’m so honored. 🙂

      • I compost 90 o/o. Reading your stuff makes it feel like a sin. I am going to restructure some things to get that feeling off me. Thanks for sharing. You are a new hate way for me THANKS.

  9. Thanks for sharing at Our Simple Homestead Hop!
    This was my featured post this week 🙂

  10. This is excellent Kristi! My seventh sense (the frugal sense) was telling me there had to be something to do with the precious strawberry tops. Have you ever tried it with honey I wonder?

  11. Can this be canned?

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