It seems such a shame to throw away some of the kitchen scraps we generate. If you are a gardener, chances are that you throw yours into the compost pile, or if you have chickens, to them. But have you ever thought of eating some of them? This recipe will teach you how to make strawberry sauce out of the scraps you may have leftover from canning or dehydrating!
There is some controversy about whether or not strawberry stems are edible. According to this article on SpoonUniversity.com, they are!
There are some that would even go as far to say that they are actually healthy helpers of arthritis pain. You can decide based on your own research whether you want to use tops or whole fruit for this strawberry syrup recipe.
Whatever you decide, choosing organic strawberries (or tops) for this strawberry syrup is prudent due to the pesticide load in non-organic.
How to Make Strawberry Sauce
Homemade Strawberry Sauce 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!
- 2 quarts of strawberry tops from organic strawberries or 1 quart organic strawberries
- 1/2-1 cup sugar granulated
- 1 Tbsp lemon juice or juice from half a lemon
- In a bowl combine strawberry tops, 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 until the next morning.
- 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 homemade 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, on top of desserts, or anywhere else you would use strawberry syrup to give them all a fantastic flavor.
Want more low waste tips?
You’ll love being able to get more use out of the things that would have otherwise been thrown away, and likely, it will jog your thinking on how to do it with more fruits and veggies.
This homemade strawberry syrup gives strawberry tops one more stop along the way before compost pile. Making this recipe will make you feel like a domestic farm goddess!