Recently I’ve been in a “get the most out of what you can” state of mind. This means that whenever I bring home an item from the store whether it be food, wine, or object that is in a box I try to think of how to reuse a specific item before throwing it out. I like to think of it as a salvaging project. Of course I can’t recycle everything but I like to search the web and see if anyone else had ideas of what I can do with scrap before throwing it in the trash.
I’ve already come across many ideas that I can’t wait to try out and post in the salvage section of this blog. This post relates to old strawberries. I have the tendency to buy a large quantity of fruit when I go to the store. I get caught up in my crazy life which causes me not to use the fruit up right away. I used to just get rid of the fruit unless it was bananas, I knew I could make awesome bread from it. I started realizing that there are many ways I can use fruit if it isn’t attractive to eat. If It doesn’t have an ecosystem growing on or around it, it doesn’t mean you cant still eat it. Just use it in a different fashion.
I took these 2 week old strawberries I had left in the refrigerator and turned it into a refreshing summer drink. Add alcohol and you could have a cocktail. The zest from the lime and orange really make this drink. Garnish it with whatever you please, mint would be a great addition as well. This recipe makes great strawberry mojitos or mimosas! 🙂
Prep Time: 5 Minutes
Total Time: 15 Minutes
-1 Cup Sugar
-1 Cup Water
-1 Cup Strawberries, stems removed
-1/3 Cup Lemon Juice
-Alcohol of choice, optional
Method of Prep:
-In a pot over medium heat dissolve sugar in the water to make simple syrup.
-While waiting for sugar to dissolve, zest the lime and orange on top of the strawberries.
-Pull simple syrup off the burner. Add in strawberries and zest.
-Using a masher or whisk, begin to mash the strawberries. You can leave them mostly whole, just squish them up a little to release the flavor.
-Add in lemon juice, stir.
-Let steep for 10 minutes.
-Fill a glass halfway with the strawberry liquid, top off with water (sprite, and champagne work as well) and 2 ice cubes. If your using alcohol, put desired amount of alcohol in glass, add in strawberry liquid and a splash of soda water or other juice.