Homemade Strawberry Sauce - A very delicious and irresistible sauce prepared with fresh strawberries, its really simple and can be put together in no time. Its a versatile sauce which can be used as a topping over ice creams and yogurt, or just as a sauce over your cakes, pancakes, waffles or just have a spoonful of it...
Strawberries are an all time favorite, I just cant resist these juicy red berries, just love munching on them fresh or enjoy them in our smoothies, or as a topping over Ice creams. My son loves to have it with yogurt and believe me that's his favorite dessert and its healthy too.
These bright red and juicy fruit is not only good to taste but is an excellent source of Vitamin C and K, rich in fiber and folic acid, manganese and potassium. They are rich in antioxidants and contain Flavanoids..Strawberries being rich in fiber are believed to aid digestive ailments, they are used by many for teeth whitening and ease skin irritation.
Coming back to to the Strawberry Sauce, I learnt this from my friend Ina who is from Ukraine, a couple of years ago she got me a bottle of this from her home town and since them I am in love with it. Her mom grew strawberries in there backyard and just before the strawberry season would get over they used to make this sauce and preserve it for later use.
Strawberry, (chopped) - 4 cups
White granulated Sugar - 1/2 cup (you may need to adjust this according to the sweetness of the Strawberries)
Light brown sugar- 1 tablespoon
Lemon juice - 2 teaspoons
Salt - 1/4th teaspoon
Wash and pat dry the strawberries, remove the green stalk and chop them (I just quartered them)
Place 3 cups of strawberries in a pan and add sugar and lemon juice, mix well and leave it for half an hour. By the time you are back most of the sugar would have dissolved leaving behind a nice thick pinkish strawberry flavored syrup.
Once the strawberries have marinated in the sugar, salt and lime juice, place the pan on the gas stove and let the mixture simmer over medium heat. Add the strawberry puree, mix well and continue cooking on medium heat.
Please keep stirring while the strawberries are cooking, in another 3-4 minutes the sauce will thicken and the strawberries will be well done.
Turn off the heat and immediately remove the pan from the heat to avoid over cooking. Let the sauce cool before serving or storing.
This sauce can easily be stored in the refrigerator for upto a week to 10 days without using any preservatives in a clean air tight jar.
Choose berries which are fresh, firm, plump and bright red in colour.
I have used 1/2 cup of sugar as my strawberries were quite sweet but it is always better to taste the berries and adjust the proportion of sugar according to personal taste.
While making the puree I have used brown sugar but you could always replace it with regular white sugar.
I would recommend marinating and making this sauce in the same pan or pot and if possible use a nonstick heavy bottom pan.