How to Macerate Strawberries to Make Them Juicier : Cooking With Strawberries
How to Macerate Strawberries
The technique of marinating savory foods, such as meat and fish, allows any spices, herbs, and liquids to infuse in the meats prior to cooking, thereby enhancing the flavor. When you marinate fruits, the technique is referred to as macerating and it has the same purpose of increasing the flavor. Macerating strawberries draws out the liquid from the fruit, sweetens them considerably and leaves a delicious syrup that they can be served in.
Preparing the Strawberries
Rinse the strawberries.Under running tap water, lightly rinse the entire batch to allow any dirt particles to wash off. It's easier to do everything at once instead of one at a time.
Dry the strawberries.Pat the fruit dry with paper towels to soak up any excess water.
Hull the strawberries.Position the strawberries horizontally and slice the tops off with a sharp knife, so that you end up with a clean and flat top.
Slice the strawberries.You can leave them whole, but cutting them will allow the maximum amount of flavor to soak in.
Macerating the Strawberries
Choose a mixture.The most basic and easiest approach is to use two tablespoons of sugar per pound (450g) of strawberries.For variations, try one of the following suggestions:
- 1/2 cup simple syrup for 2 cups strawberries
- 2 tablespoons Cointreau and 2 tablespoons icing sugar (sifted) for 2 cups strawberries
- 1/4 cup honey and 4 tablespoons orange flavored liqueur for 2 pints (2 cups whole) strawberries.
Mix the ingredients.Prepare your mixture in a separate bowl before adding the strawberries.
Mix the marinade and strawberries.Add the strawberries to the marinade bowl. Make sure the fruit is fully covered in the mixture.
Allow it to stand.Leave it alone at room temperature for 15 to 30 minutes.
Serving the Strawberries
Eat the macerated strawberries as they are.Having the strawberries soak in the flavors, especially a honey or orange liqueur, already makes them sweet to enjoy by themselves. The syrup that forms will make them a dessert in their own right.
Add the macerated strawberries as a topping.Enhance your favorite desserts such as ice cream, cheesecake, or dessert pies. (You may need to drain off some of the syrup, depending on what you're adding the strawberries to.)
Mix the macerated strawberries in yogurt.Lighten up plain yogurt and stir them for a sweet nutritious breakfast.
QuestionCan you use water to macerate strawberries?KateKatey GirlCommunity AnswerYou can use a little water with the sugar if you want, but strawberries will make their own juices. Just sprinkle sugar over them; the amount depends on how sweet they are on their own. Cover and place them in the fridge for at least an hour or two.Thanks!
To macerate strawberries, or sweeten them, first rinse them under running water, pat them dry, and cut off the tops (also called “hulling”). Slice them lengthwise into small pieces to let maximum flavor soak in. Then, mix up a marinade of 1/4 cup of honey and 4 tablespoons of orange-flavored liqueur, or simply pour out 2 tablespoons of sugar. Mix in the strawberries and let them stand for 15-30 minutes before enjoying!
- Try balsamic vinegar with the strawberries for a savory taste. Thirty minutes before serving the strawberries, slice them thinly. Place in balsamic vinegar to macerate. Drain and serve.
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