What to Do with Freshly Picked Strawberries, Part 1

We LOVE strawberries!

Our last post was about homemade candied ginger and syrup for ginger soda.  We’re on quite a fizzy drink kick lately, so today I’m going to show you how to make syrup for strawberry soda. Yum!  The best part is, you’ll know exactly what you’re drinking, which is so much better than high fructose corn syrup and artificial coloring.

I recently visited Underwood Family Farms and left with all kinds of produce, some of which you saw in this post.  I also brought home a ton of strawberries, some of which my friends and I picked ourselves!  Many of them were perfect for dipping in chocolate or snacking on as-is.  But I made sure to reserve a LOT of them for something special. In fact, I had so many that I’m going to share the strawberry ice cream I made in a separate post.

Keep reading for the details.



Adapted from Smitten Kitchen.


  • 1 pound strawberries, washed and hulled
  • 1 or 2 lemons, washed
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • Pinch of salt
  • Capful of vanilla extract

Halve the strawberries and place in a pot with 1 cup sugar, 1 cup water, and a pinch of salt. Use a vegetable peeler to  remove the rind from one of the lemons and add that to the pot as well.

Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 20 minutes.


Discard the lemon rinds and strain and reserve BOTH the syrup and the strawberries.  You’ll use the syrup for your homemade soda.  The strawberries are great for stirring into commercial or homemade yogurt or any other recipe/dish that goes well with strawberries.  I added some of them to the strawberry ice cream I made so it would have chunks of strawberries in it instead of being perfectly smooth.  (Stay tuned for that post coming soon!)


Before storing, stir in a capful of vanilla extract and the juice from one of the lemons and taste the syrup.  If you like it more tart, add more juice from the second lemon.  This syrup should keep well in the fridge for at least 3 weeks.  To serve, add several tablespoons of syrup to a glass of iced, carbonated water, adjusting the amounts to your preference.


I was so excited to share this one with you.  I hope you enjoyed it, because you already know WE LOVE THIS STUFF!

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