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Homemade Strawberry Syrup

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!

Ingredients
  

  • 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

Instructions
 

  • 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).

Notes

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, or anywhere else you would use strawberry syrup to give them all a fantastic flavor.