The summer heat came in Spring this year in Nashville. I don’t like heat. I like beach breezes and weather I can run long distances in.
I learned, however, that early heat has it’s good side. The strawberries at the farmer’s markets were running over with organic, sweet, juicy strawberries and they are still coming. I bought a gallon and half between three different farmers, but my best purchase was the gallon bucket from Kelley’s Berry Farm for $15 at the Tuesday market.
All week I thought about ideas for these strawberries. I wanted to make gelato, cocktails, a spicy strawberry sauce for chicken, and frozen jam like Teresa did at Food on Fifth, another food blogger from Nashville. She shows how to “put them up” in ball jars in the freezer. Putting up is a southern term for canning. Just ask my husband.
I had never heard of freezing anything in jars, but she assured me it’s okay to do so, as long as you leave about an inch of room for expansion. Her post explains it all perfectly, and gives wonderful ideas for what to do with those jars.
I had every intention of putting them up, but, I kept eating them. We don’t get this treat for long around here. And, then when I had about 3 cups left, my idea came me to me.
I decided to make a simple syrup with strawberries because in all this heat, Strawberry Sangria sounded so refreshing.
You might be thinking strawberry cocktails sound good too. See what some other food bloggers decided to do with their strawberry syrup.
Strawberry Mojitos from White on Rice
Watermelon Vodka Cocktail from Spinach Tiger
Fresh Strawberry Margarita from How Sweet It Is
Strawberry Letter 22, a cocktail from Kitchen Confidential (just skip the addition of strawberries)
Freeze Strawberries in Strawberry Simple Syrup from Cheesegrits and Cornbread
- 1 cup strawberries
- 1 cup strawberry puree
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- Heat water, sugar, strawberry puree together to a boil. When water is at a boil, add diced strawberries, and simmer until the strawberries are very soft. Take through a sieve. Store in refrigerator.