Strawberry Tops Syrup

Sweet and subtle, this strawberry tops syrup uses what is leftover after making a treat or a batch of jam to add to pancakes or a glass of sweet tea.

Strawberry Tops Syrup

strawberry tops syrup on wood table with strawberries

Sweet and subtle, this strawberry tops syrup uses what is leftover after making a treat or a batch of jam to add to pancakes or a glass of sweet tea.

Ingredients

  • Strawberry Tops
  • Water
  • Sugar

Instructions

  1. Add washed strawberry tops to a pot, only filling it to a maximum of 3/4 full. Cover the strawberry tops with water.
  2. Bring to a boil, then lower heat to simmer. Simmer 10-15 minutes.
  3. Strain water from tops measuring how much liquid you have. The water should be a dark pink or light red.
  4. Add the same amount of sugar in cups as you have water and place back on stove. Bring back to a boil, then lower heat to allow to simmer for about 45 minutes, or until a syrup consistency once cooled on a spoon. It should reduce down some.
  5. Place in clean jars leaving 1/4 inch headspace. This can be refrigerated for a week or two, frozen, or canned for long term storage. If freezing, you can fill less to keep jars from cracking. Waterbath instructions are to waterbath as you would for jam. For jelly jars waterbath can for 10 minutes.

What can I make with strawberry tops?

If you do not have animals to feed your strawberry tops to, this strawberry tops syrup is the perfect recipe to use what otherwise would go to waste. In fact, I prefer to make this recipe while I am making jam, then throw the leftovers after straining out to the farm animals. It really uses the full berry up as much as possible. And it helps us to make milk, beef and eggs too. 😉

How long does strawberry syrup last?

How long strawberry syrup lasts depends on how you choose to store it. If just made and put into the fridge, it could last 2-3 weeks, maybe 4. If you freeze it, it would last several months, but be sure to leave enough room in any glass containers for expansion so that it does not bust! If canned, it could last at least a year, if not several, at room temperature.

Is it OK to eat strawberry leaves?

Well, in short, yes. It is perfectly safe and no different than eating lettuce. However, they are not tasty. But for this strawberry tops syrup, I just throw them right in to boil down and they do just fine! Once they’re done, I just throw everything I strain off out to the chickens, goats or cow!

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