Strawberry season hits in the valley below us about two months before our own berries begin to ripen. Strawberries cause the two little guys in this house to go into orbit. Alastair got the attention of all the shoppers at a local fruit stand when he squealed “stwawbawwies!” Then he announced to anyone who would listen that his grandma was buying some to take home.
Strawberries are a big deal.
But we sometimes have so many that they begin to dry out and lose their shiny red charm. What to do? The kids love shiny red charm. They really do!
This is our latest intervention for tired strawberries: Make a strawberry lemonade concentrate. It’s dynamite!
Mix the concentrate with icy water to make your drink as strong or weak as you like. You may want a bit more honey. Spoon some strawberry slices into each glass. They are fun to eat when the lemonade is gone. If you have a home soda machine or seltzer, try mixing this concentrate with fizzy water for a bubbly lemonade.
This concentrate keeps well for about five days in the refrigerator.
We’ve done it! We’ve stepped it up a notch! Just toss an herb in with your mix for an additional gourmet twist. We’ve tried these:
If the herb is dried, give it a crumble as you add it. Add a couple of tablespoons per quart of your mix. If the herb is fresh, give it a rough chop and add 1/4 to 1/3 cup per quart of your mix.
This is a fun addition! Go for it and get busy!
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