Homemade Strawberry Juice: Made with only 3 ingredients, including fresh strawberries, this is the most delicious and most flavorful juice you will ever have!
Happy about-to-be-the-weekend, everybody!! Seems that it started a day early for me since I completely forgot to schedule this lovely recipe for my Grandma’s old fashioned, the way-it-should-be-made, Homemade Strawberry Juice.
Can we talk about nostalgia?
Things are about to get deep up in herrrr…
Every summer, right around this time, I get seriously homesick. When I was single, wild AND completely carefree, I would take off and go to Macedonia on a 2-month vacation. Best summers, ever!
In the mornings, I’d wake up to farm fresh eggs, homemade feta cheese, homemade yogurt, homemade Ajvar, homemade sausages… the homemade-list goes on.
Baba (Grandma) never took a break and was constantly making something – anything, really – all with one thing in mind; do not waste food. NO food should ever end up in the trash. That is how they were raised and that is all she knew.
Also? And what I’m completely jealous of?! All their food was steps away from their front door.
The vegetable garden had every vegetable you can possibly think of. Their fruit trees? Oh Lord! Cherries, apples, pears, plums, apricots… I will run out of room trying to list all of ‘em. Their dinner?!? Also in their yard! (Vegetarians & Vegans, close your eyes!) Chickens, cows, pigs, goats, sheep, etc…
One thing’s for sure – we were never hungry.
One of grandma’s things that I’ve kept near and dear is this simple, countryside recipe for Strawberry Syrup, which she would use to make this Strawberry Juice.
The village where they lived is mountainous, with a very, very rich soil. There’s nothing that you can’t grow up there. Thus, around this time of year, grandma and I would go strawberry picking. She would strap two huge woven baskets on the sides of her donkey – yes, donkey – and we’d be on our merry way to fill those baskets with berries.
On the way home I used to eat the UNWASHED berries and drink water from the natural springs. NO FILTER! I’m still ALIVE! Imagine that…
That night, I’d help her clean the berries and prep them for what would be the best juice on the planet.
If you have a large amount of berries sitting around and aren’t sure what to do with all of ‘em before they go bad, make this simple Strawberry Syrup so you too can enjoy the best juice on the planet! YES, on the planet… Add a cup of water, or even some soda water, and sip awaaaaaay!
Which reminds me – do not get rid of the berries after you make the juice because next week I am going to show you how to make Strawberry Jam.
- 2-pounds fresh strawberries, cleaned and halved
- 2-cups sugar
- glass bottle
- water or soda water
- Place half of the strawberries in a large bowl; cover with 1-cup of sugar.
- Add the remaining strawberries and sprinkle with the rest of the sugar.
- Cover the bowl and place in the fridge for 24 hours.
- Transfer the berries and the juice into a large saucepan.
- Over medium-high heat, bring the mixture to a boil; turn the heat down and continue to simmer for 30 minutes.
- Remove from heat and strain the mixture through a fine mesh strainer into a large bowl.
- Using a spatula, press the strawberries to release all the juices.
- In the meantime, preheat oven to 170.
- Wash the glass bottle; place it on a baking sheet and put it in the oven for 30 minutes.
- Sterilize the cap of the bottle by placing it in a bowl and pour boiling water right over it.
- Remove glass bottle from the oven.
- Pour the juice into the bottle.
- Seal with the cap and let completely cool.
- Store in refrigerator.
- In a glass, measure ¼-cup of the strawberry syrup.
- Stir in 1-cup water (I like to use soda water) and enjoy!
- If you like a sweeter juice, add more syrup.