Learning how to make macerated strawberries barely requires a recipe. You simply add sugar (or alcohol) and the magic ingredient of time. Making macerated strawberries is a technique that you can use with any type of berry. Use this juicy goodness to top pancakes, shortcakes, ice cream, pound cake, or trifle.
How do I make Macerated Strawberries?
The process to create macerated strawberries is straightforward.
- Start with a bowl of beautiful, fresh strawberries.
- Add sugar or alcohol
- Let time do the work. Stir occasionally. That’s it!
I like making macerated strawberries in the spring when the berries aren’t at their top shape just yet. This simple trick of adding sugar and letting time do the “work” pulls the natural juices out of the berries.
Here’s the video:
Watch this short video to see the process of making macerated strawberries:
How do you use Macerated Berries?
You’ll find that you won’t run out of reasons to use these macerated strawberries.
- They are a wonderful topping for pancakes,
- for a quick strawberry shortcake,
- for a simple pound cake,
- or for a bowl of ice cream.
I first shared this idea when making my pavlova with strawberries and was asked more about how the berries became so juicy. No water is added– just sugar which brings out the natural juices of the strawberries.
Here is the Step by Step process to make macerated strawberries:
Clean and hull the strawberries.
2. Slice the strawberries
3. Add the sugar
4. Let the berries sit for 15 minutes, then stir again.
5. Use after 30 minutes or place in the refrigerator overnight.
Look how beautiful the berries are as a topping on pavlova!Print
Making macerated strawberries is an easy process– all it takes is berries, sugar and time!
2 pints of strawberries
1/4 cup sugar
Macerate the berries: Sprinkle 1/4 cup sugar over the 2 pints of sliced strawberries in a glass bowl. Toss gently to combine.
Leave uncovered at room temperature for 30 minutes, mixing the berries once to distribute the sugar.
Use immediately or cover and place in the refrigerator overnight.
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Kitchen Tools used for Macerated Berries
The strawberry huller I used is no longer in stock, but it is similar in function to this strawberry huller by Oxo.