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.

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-Viv

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DIY Candied Ginger with Bonus Ginger Syrup

 

 We LOVE homemade soda!

 Much to Mr. Viv’s delight, my friend JP recently gave us a Soda Stream machine.  What’s great about this contraption is that it carbonates water, and then you add flavored syrup to taste to make your own fizzy beverages at home.  I’m not a huge soda drinker, but I’ve been known to desperately crave a root beer, ginger ale, or Diet Coke every now and then.  Even so, I’m kind of creeped out by all the weird ingredients in commercial soft drinks, so I’ve been dying to try making some homemade soda syrup myself.

Click through to learn how to make a versatile ginger syrup that can be used for not only for homemade ginger ale, but also for cocktails, fruit salads, and much more!

-Viv

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