Macerated strawberries are an easy way to preserve the decadently sweet strawberry flavor of summer.
Use this simple recipe to draw out the flavors of fresh berries and create a little sauce to spoon over your favorite sweets, treats, and breakfast recipes.
It doesn’t take long to prep and marinate sliced berries in sugar so they can be used in everything from a cake topping to a fancy tropical cocktail.
What are Macerated Strawberries?
Macerating strawberries is more of a method than a recipe.
Similar to a marinade, simply combine cut fruit with an ingredient like sugar, or alcohol (think rum or Grand Marnier) and allow it to rest at room temperature. Fresh or thawed-from-frozen berries will work!
Just 2 ingredients!
STRAWBERRIES: Choose bright red, firm berries without any soft spots or cuts. Other berries can be added like blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, or thin slices of fresh peaches. Try a combination of berries!
SUGAR: White or brown sugar is perfect in this recipe! Or use a sugar substitute like Swerve or monk fruit. Simple syrup is great to have on hand for all kinds of desserts and drinks!
Honey, maple syrup, spirits like rum or vodka will work (the alcohol will stay in the fruit so be cautious), and acidic bases like balsamic vinegar and lemon juice help the fruit release its juices. Experiment with the combination you like best!
How to Make Macerated Strawberries
This is a great way to enjoy fresh berries and the perfect way to preserve those that have been in the fridge just a little too long!
With only a few simple steps, this recipe is the perfect way to preserve the flavors of summer.
- Wash, hull, and slice or chop the strawberries.
- Mix with white sugar and rest at room temperature (as per the recipe below).
How to Use Macerated Strawberries
How to Store Macerated Strawberries
Keep macerated strawberries in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Stir before using.
Freeze macerated strawberries in ice cubes to pop into iced tea or sparkling water or freeze portions in zippered bags for up to 1 month.
Surplus of Summer Strawberries?
How do you use Macerated Strawberries? Leave us a comment below!
- 1 pint strawberries about 2 cups
- 2-3 tablespoons white sugar or brown sugar
- Wash and hull strawberries, cutting them into thin slices.
- Place in a medium-sized bowl and sprinkle sugar on top.
- Mix until combined and let the strawberries sit at room temperature for 30-40 minutes or until they have released juices.
- orange or lemon zest or a squeeze of lemon juice
- a splash of Grand Marnier, brandy, or rum
- other berries or sliced peaches
Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.
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