Friday, April 29, 2016

How to Make Strawberry Syrup

I remember when I was a kid my mom made some fruit syrup. It was not something she did often, but I remember just loving it. So now that I'm the mom, I love to make strawberry syrup, raspberry syrup and I've even made blueberry syrup. I know there are ways to make it fresh, but I prefer to can a few batches each year. That way there's not a lot of prep work the morning you want to eat it. I don't know about you but mornings are always a bit crazy around here.

How to Make Strawberry Syrup
It's been a while since I've shared a canning post. Mostly because I generally can the same things each year and I've already shared it all. You can see them in the canning tab of my header.

If you're new to canning I'd recommend getting the Ball Blue Book of Preserving Cookbook. It's  inexpensive, has the latest canning info plus tons of recipes. That's where I got this recipe from. {It's at the bottom of the post for your reference} You can also find Ball recipes online.

Let's get started:

How to Make Strawberry Syrup

Begin by washing, stemming and cutting up 2 1/2 quarts of strawberries {about 3 pounds}. Place them in a pot with 1 1/2 c. water. Add a strip of lemon peel and bring it to a boil for 5 minutes.

How to Make Strawberry Syrup

Strain the strawberries through a jelly roll bag, or several layers of cheesecloth.

How to Make Strawberry Syrup
I usually let it sit for a bit while I start the next step.  Combine 1 1/2 c. water and 2 1/2 c. sugar. Bring it to a boil until it reaches 230 degrees Fahrenheit. 

How to Make Strawberry Syrup

Then add corn syrup and strawberry juice and boil another 5 minutes.

How to Make Strawberry Syrup

Stir in lemon juice and skim foam from top of syrup.

How to Make Strawberry Syrup

Pour into jars, add lids and rings

How to Make Strawberry Syrup
 
 and process for 10 minutes {adjusting for altitude} in waterbath canner.

How to Make Strawberry Syrup

Now whenever you want strawberry syrup for your pancakes or waffles, simply open a jar and warm it up. Since it's a bit thin, I like to add 2 T. cornstarch to each pint and bring it to a boil for one minute before serving.

Print Recipe

Strawberry Syrup Recipe

adapted from Ball Blue Book of Preserving

2 1/2 quarts strawberries
3 cups water, divided
1 2-inch strip of lemon peel
2 1/2 c. sugar
3 1/2 c. corn syrup
2 T. lemon juice

Wash, stem and cut up strawberries. Add to a pot with 1 1/2 c. water and lemon peel. Boil 5 minutes. Strain through a jelly bag or several layers of cheesecloth.

Combine sugar and 1 1/2 c. water in a pot. Boil until temperature reaches 230 degrees Fahrenheit. Stir in corn syrup and strawberry juice. Boil an additional 5 minutes. Stir in lemon juice and remove skim from top of syrup. Pour in pint jars. Add lids and rings. Process 10 minutes in waterbath canner. {Adjust time according to your altitude.}

If a thicker syrup is desired, add 2 T. cornstarch for each pint jar, bring to a boil for one minute, then serve. {Do not add the cornstarch before canning}


How to Make Strawberry Syrup
This syrup is fruity and super yummy. I love it on top of freshly made waffles.



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