Saturday, July 7, 2012

Strawberry Syrup - Homemade & Homecanned



Strawberry Syrup - Homemade & Home canned

No offense California but Michigan Strawberries are the best in North America!!

Similar to my Blueberry Syrup recipe  - My Strawberry Syrup recipe can also be used in many other ways: ice cream, pancakes, waffles, to flavor lemonade, in batter (eg. strawberry coffee cake), in frosting, in homemade Popsicles, in yogurt or kefir.......etc

NOTE: This syrup is on the thin or runny side but for certain uses - such as pancakes, it is easy to thicken with a little corn starch (see "thickening recipe" at the end of this post).


                                                                Printable Recipe       
Juice
16 cups whole strawberries (washed, drained & hulled)
4 cups water (preferably filtered)
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

Prepare the strawberries as described above. Place the strawberries, lemon juice and water in a large stock pot and bring to boil. Simmer for 1 hour. Now you will need to strain the juice to separate the strawberry pulp from the liquid (see the picture above - the strawberry pulp has already been strained out). Allow the juice to drain out of the colander for an hour.






Syrup

10 cups strawberry juice (unsweetened)

Juice from 1 lemon

4 cups sugar

Discard or compost the strawberry pulp and pour the strawberry juice into the large stock pot - there should be about 10 cups of strawberry juice. Add in 4 cups of sugar and the juice from the second lemon - stir until dissolved.
Gather your canning jars, lids and rings (you will need 7 or 8 half pints):
Canning Basics - Jar Sizes. Also, gather all other canning supplies:Other Canning Supplies. Start the water boiling for Jar sterilization: Sterilizing Jars & LidsNow bring the strawberry juice mixture to boil (stirring most of the time) and then turn down the heat and simmer for 1/2 hour.

By now your jars should be sterilized and ready to be filled. Take the jars out of the boiling water (I use my jar remover and make sure that the water is drained out of each jar). Pour the hot Strawberry Syrup into each sterilized jar and fill each jar up to the jar "threads" (about 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch of head space).
Wipe the rim of each jar with a damp cloth making sure that any syrup residue is gone (any residue left on the rim can prevent the jar from sealing). Place a sterilized lid on each jar and then tighten a ring on each jar.
Place all filled jars in a "Water Bath Canner" and process (boil) the jars for 10 minutes (make sure that the water level in the Canner is 1 inch above the tallest jar)
Remove the jars and place them on the counter or table to cool (I always place them on a cloth because there have been a few times when a jar cracked and then the contents oozed out making a mess - the cloth will help if that happens). You will hear the wonderful popping sound of your jars sealing.
Allow the jars to cool for 24 hours and then store in your pantry or in your fruit cellar until the winter and then ENJOY a little bit of summer.



ENJOY!!

Thickening Recipe:
1 cup Strawberry syrup (cold or room temperature)
1 tablespoon corn starch
With a whisk - stir the corn starch & Strawberry syrup until combined (with no clumps). Pour into a medium size saucepan and bring to a boil - stirring all the time. You will know when it is thick enough by the color - The key to thickening with corn starch: the syrup mixture will be cloudy when you start , then after it has boiled - it will be transparent (red but still transparent).



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11 comments:

  1. A perfect plate for your image too.

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  2. This is a great recipe, I will be pinning to make for later! Thanks for linking up at Heavenly Treats Sunday!

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    1. How totally cool!!! Thank you so so much!!!

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  4. Hi there! I'm visiting from All Star Block Party. This looks amazing!! My kids are all about waffles and pancakes and making our own syrup would be a great fun!! Thanks for the tutorial!!! I am now a new follower and would be honored if you would visit and follow me back at http://lifeofblocks.blogspot.com/ Thanks!

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  5. I've never had strawberry syrup, but I love strawberry everything else, must add this to my list of things to try. Thanks for sharing at the All Star Block party!

    Holly

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  6. Thanks everyone! - following back Anastasia.

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  7. I am featuring this wonderful recipe on Heavenly Treats Sunday, tomorrow you can come get your featured button. Thanks for linking up!

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    1. Thank you so much - I am honored!!
      I am trying to add your button right now. :-)

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  8. WOW, this looks amazing! Stopping by from Sassy Shopper Reviews and loving this post. I'm new to the cooking/canning world and would love to try this!
    http://sassyshopperreviews.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thanks - I hope you do get a chance to "can" - the first time is always the scariest - but then it's super easy after that.
      Thanks
      Angie

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