Macerated Strawberries

Macerated Strawberries

Spring just seems to bring out the strawberry lover in all of us!  We can’t help ourselves, (we are crazy about them), and we’re excited to share our cheery basic for April, Macerated Strawberries!

Alison and I are amazed when we see shoppers buying pricey little bags and cans of “strawberries in syrup,” especially this time of the year.  Juicy ripe strawberries are arriving in our markets right now that are well priced!

Consider buying a few flats of fresh berries for freezer jam, strawberry sauce, and macerated strawberries you can freeze in your own little bags.  You will feel so good next winter when you sauce fluffy light pancakes, strawberry sundaes, yogurt parfaits, and the most delicious dessert we’ll be sharing on Friday!

 

 

 

 

“I have only to break into the tightness of a strawberry, and I see summer – it’s dust and lowering skies.”

Toni Morrison

Serve or freeze macerate strawberries, all you have to do is sprinkle sugar on them, which draws out their juices so they become soft and sweet and deliciously saucy.

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Macerated Strawberries

When you macerate something, you soften it by soaking it in a liquid, often while you’re cooking or preparing food. To macerate strawberries, all you have to do is sprinkle sugar on them, which draws out their juices so they become soft and sweet and deliciously saucy.

  • Wash and drain your strawberries in a colander.  I like to stem my berries with this awesome little strawberry huller.  All you need to do is push the button, stick the claws in the center of the berry and rotate it slightly.  The stem will come right out and is now perfect for filling or slicing.
  • Slice your strawberries into mixing bowl and for each pound of berries, sprinkle with 2 tablespoons of sugar.  Let them set at room temperature for 30 minutes before serving.
  • You may cover the berries and place them in the refrigerator for 1 day.
  • To freeze them: Fill ziplock bags not quite full.  Zip it almost all the way and insert a straw.  Suck out all the air, (this helps to avoid freezer burn), label, date, and freeze for 6 months to a year.  I like to layer my bags of berries flat on a cookie sheet. After they are frozen, I stand them up to save space in my freezer.

Now that you know all about it, try macerating your strawberries with different ingredients; lemon juice, orange juice, or balsamic vinegar.  Rather than sugar, add honey.  The possibilities are endless.  

Serve balsamic macerated strawberries over brie or cream cheese with crackers for a fabulous appetizer or spoon them over grilled chicken or salmon for a company worthy meal!

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To macerate strawberries, all you have to do is sprinkle sugar on them, which draws out their juices so they become soft and sweet and deliciously saucy.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 8 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 pound strawberries, hulled (halved or quartered if large)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
Instructions
  1. Stir together strawberries and sugar in a medium bowl. Let stand at room temperature until juices are released, at least 30 minutes.
  2. Macerated strawberries can be refrigerated, covered, up to 1 day.
Notes
To freeze macerated berries: Fill ziplock bags not quite full. Zip it almost all the way and insert a straw. Suck out all the air, (this helps to avoid freezer burn), label, date, and freeze for 6 months to a year. I like to layer my bags of berries flat on a cookie sheet. After they are frozen, I stand them up to save space in my freezer.

Are you a strawberry lover?

What is your favorite way to enjoy them?

About The Author

Renée

Renée is passionate about making and sharing ALL things delicious! Her happy place really is her kitchen where she loves whipping up memories with her family and friends. Raised in sunny Southern California she's spent her adulthood in Idaho, both sides of her great state. She's married to an amazing man, and together they have 5 children, who gave them five more, and now they have 22 grandchildren. So there’s always a reason to cook and celebrate around their place!

77 Comments

  1. Vlad Vaida

    Yesss my mom does that sometimes and it’s just great! Bookmarking this to show her in case this may be a different yet better way that can help her.

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    • Renée

      Aren’t Mom’s the best? Thanks Viad!

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  2. cre8tone kylie

    Strawberries are always favourite fruits for me and my family.. It looks so tasty and yummy and sweet and tempting!

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    • Alison

      They are one of my favorites, too, Kylie! Thanks for coming!

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  3. Katie harrIngton

    I love strawberries- they are pricey but so worth it I think!

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    • Renée

      Right now they are well priced Katie. Watch the specials for buying larger amounts because they are in season.

      Reply
  4. Karen Leah Scott

    I am definitely going to give this a try. I used to do a lot of preserving when I was younger and just don’t seem to have the time anymore, but this looks really simple and easy plus who doesn’t love strawberries. Thanks

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    • Renée

      Simplest thing you will ever make Karen, thanks!

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  5. Evgeniya Nazarova

    This is my favorite berry! I usually put lemon juice in strawberries to macerate them, but never thought a balsamic vinegar and strawberry go also well together! Need to try it!

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    • Renée

      Try your balsamic strawberries over a scoop of ice cream, perfection! Thanks Evgeniya.

      Reply
  6. Jessica

    I just bought fresh strawberries. I am going to try doing this with the strawberries I bought. Great tips and info!

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    • Renée

      Thanks so much Jessica!

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    • Eugenia

      Thanks for your advice 🙂 Pinned your post, so I keep it in mind!

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  7. Missy - Getting Fit to Find Myself

    I love, love, love macerated strawberries! Growing up my mom would make them for me all the time. Now I make them for myself, I will eat them by themselves or on just about anything!
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    • Renée

      My kids love them with just a dollop of whipped cream. Glad you enjoy them simply too Missy, thanks!

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  8. AnnMarie brown

    Off to slice up the berries that are in my fridge. They look so good I think I might make some angel food cake to go with them.

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    • Alison

      Yum! That is one of my favorite desserts!

      Reply
  9. Denisa

    I simply love strawberries ! I use macerated ones for crêpes or for coconut butter sandwiches. Yumm
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    • Renée

      Wow Denisa, you got me at coconut butter sandwiches! Can you tell us about them please? Are they grilled???
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  10. sabine

    Oh yes I am a strawberry lover. Every time I come to this website, I get surprised with yet another amazing idea! I have to make this. I love to eat strawberries just with cream. Or with brownies and vanilla ice cream, yummm! Amazing pictures again!

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    • Renée

      Thanks so much for coming back Sabine, and for your always sweet comments. We love our readers!!!!
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  11. Marge Gavan

    We don’t have Spring in my country but I can sure eat some strawberries! I had to google what macerate means hahaha… Now I know that it’s when you soften food by soaking in liquid. I can totally do this with, let me buy some strawberries first.

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    • Renée

      Great Marge, so glad you got it straight from google! In our big world we sometimes see language barriers, but you figured it out, so that’s good for all of us! Thank you and if you don’t understand a cooking term, let us know and we will try to do a better job of explaining.
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  12. ANdrea

    Well, let’s see – Stop & Shop has organic strawberries on sale this week – so I’m already thinking… 🙂

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  13. Ana De- Jesus

    I have never tried making macerated strawberries and this is the first time that I have heard of the term but strawberries are just exceptionally delicious in any shape or form!

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  14. Fred Erick

    Oh my gosh.. Yummy. Strawberry is not so common here in our country and it’s very expensive. This recipe makes me crave for it.. Must be so delicious.

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    • Alison

      It is really delicious and can be grown in a pot if you have the patience!

      Reply
  15. ROBERT LEE

    Each time I go to the grocery, I see strawberries. Sometimes I would buy some and just like eat them. And, this dish seems so simple enough for me to prepare so I would love to try this!

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  16. Klaudia

    I loooove strawberries . I always prepare them that way , just sugar them and leave them in the fridge for a few hours . The juice is so delicious . Some years ago we went to a very exclusive restaurant , ‘haute cuisine’ , they served very fancy dishes , combined the most unusual ingredients . The dessert was strawberries with green pepper marinated in Pernod (what a combination) . That sounds so awkward , I wasn’t sure if I really wanted to order that but curious as I am , I did You won’t believe how well strawberries go with pepper and a hint of Pernod !

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    • Renée

      Oh wow, Klaudia, thank you for sharing your experience! It sounds very unusual and I’ve never had anything remotely like that.
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  17. RashmiChalukya

    We just love to eat the strawberries fresh. The sweet and sour strawberries taste great. We have never tried macerated strawberries, it does look delicious and we would love to give it a try. Thanks for sharing!

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    • Alison

      That’s a good alternative. You could also use honey if you like!

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  18. Jen

    Oh gosh.. so mouthwatering! I love strawberries too! I totally love strawberry ice creams and shakes. Knowing your post about macerated strawberries makes me want to try and make it! I’ll definitely share this recipe to my mom.

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  19. Bella B (xoxoBella)

    One of the best things about spring is berry season! I need to keep this recipe for when they are in season here.

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  20. Carrie

    I Love Strawberries! We just got a package of them the other day I think me and the kids ate all of them in 2 days! 🙂

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    • Renée

      Oh Carrie, that really is the best way to enjoy them and they are so good for you too! Thanks.
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  21. Ivan

    This must smell (and taste) heavenly. I’m not too fond of fruits but I can tolerate fruit shakes and jams. I think this is a good way to preserve strawberries and further sweeten them. Can you use macerated strawberries as spread for toast?
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    • Renée

      Yes Ivan, you can use them on toast and they are amazingly good on French toast!
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  22. Kat

    As usual, great post! I love your photos and that quote from Toni Morrison about summer and strawberries. After reading this, I thought, really it’s that easy to macerate strawberries? The only problem is that at home when we buy strawberries we usually finish everything fast. :p

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  23. Jenn M

    Ohh I love strawberries, but I have never tried it this way. Thank you for the tip!

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  24. Jasmine Watts

    Yummm.. I love strawberries!! I am definitely going to give this a try.

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  25. Kiwi

    Ive never seen strawberries so plump and delicious! Yum I want some now!

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  26. Nicole Escat

    That sounds so yummy and delicious. My mom loves strawberries! I’m suren she will love this.

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  27. Fatima

    I love strawberries and I prefer the sweet ones. Always have them in my fridge so I can try this out.

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  28. Dreammerin

    It looks so delicious! So amazing inspiration!

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  29. Laura H

    Wow that really is forward thinking if you’re preparing strawberries for next winter! Great idea though, it’s something I’ll kick myself for not doing next winter I’m sure 😉

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    • Renée

      Go for it, Laura, you’ll be so glad you did!

      Reply
  30. Julie Syl Kalungi

    Love strawberries, I eat them fresh no special anythings. Or simply remove the lil stems, cut them into halves and freeze for smoothies…I love em. Macerated Strawberries sound great 🙂

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    • Renée

      Awesome Julie! So glad you enjoy them.

      Reply
  31. Ana

    Strawberries are my favorite and thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe with us! 🙂

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    • Renée

      You’re so welcome Ana, thanks so much for stopping by!

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    • Alison

      This is a great way to use up those strawberries!

      Reply
  32. Riley Reign

    One of my favorite summer treats, cold and sweet and juicy. I never knew there was a proper word for this ‘technique’!

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    • Alison

      Thanks Riley! I think I called them the “good strawberries” for the first 10 years of my life! 🙂

      Reply
  33. Airina April Bernabe Desuyo

    Thanks for this! I write very clearly. Even a newbie to the kitchen like me was able to understand it well 🙂

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    • Alison

      I am glad that you were able to follow it and now I hope you make it!

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  34. Mardene Carr

    I will only buy fruits that are not fresh when it cannot be helped. Those strawberries look so very good

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  35. Idaintyit

    I love strawberries with sugar on, I could just eat them all now. I really want to go strawberry picking this year as I have never been

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  36. Lisa RIOS

    I love strawberries so much & it is one of the most favorite fruit I love from the Berries. I have never tried out the idea of macerating them, but this sounds amazing & quiet simple to do as well.

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  37. Tara

    I can’t wait to go pick strawberries. We go every year. i am always looking for recipes to use them, so this will be awesome. Thanks!

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    • Renée

      Greatest Tara, that sounds like a lot of fun! Thanks and enjoy…

      Reply
  38. Rachel Arandilla

    Something very easy to do and tasty! I didn’t know about ‘macerating’ strawberries (well, strawberries are not native in my country) But they are among my favorite fruits!

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    • Renée

      We are so glad you like them Rachael, thank you.

      Reply
  39. Swayam Tiwari

    So many loving thoughts for this post!No wonder that your recipes are so well received by excited moms and ladies worldwide.A word of advice, though- please keep the background of your website s bit darker so that letter are more legible.Thanks

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  40. Johna

    I am definitely a Strawberry lover! I love anything strawberry and this is no exception. Looks so deliciousssss! Can’t wait to try this out next week!

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  41. Joanna

    When I was little, strawberries were only available during 3 weeks, at the end of May – beginning of spring. My mother used to buy them from the market, directly from the farmers, and then prepare them like your recipe, in a bowl with sugar on top. I remember how anxious I was for the next day to come, to put whipped cream on top and enjoy the strawberries “drunk” in that sweet syrup. Yum!
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    • Renée

      Oh Joanna, your childhood memory of your mom and strawberries is heartwarming. Thanks so much for sharing it with us.

      Reply

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