While I was at the store the other day I thought it would be nice to bring home a little something special for the kids. I was thinking strawberry syrup to make strawberry milk! Yum! Loved that stuff when I was a kid! Do they have a healthier choice these days I wondered......
I could only find the artificial strawberry, high fructose corn syrup, red #40 kind. I remember loving this stuff when I was a kid, but I couldn't bring myself to buy it.
I scoured the shelves for a healthier alternative and could not find anything.
I challenged myself to come up with a way my kids could enjoy strawberry milk and keep it natural and wholesome.
When I got home I got right to work. I boiled down 7 cups of strawberries with 1 cup of sugar.
Boil the strawberries for at least 10-15 minutes on medium heat, It should get good and foamy (pink foam gathers on the top). Remove from the heat and let it cool. Once it has cooled a little, taste it for sweetness. If it doesn't seem sweet enough add another 1/2 of sugar while it's still warm so the sugar will dissolve nicely.
In a blender pour the strawberries into it and puree.
Once I had the strawberries blended to a nice smooth syrup-y texture I poured my strawberry puree into a mason jar for easy storage in the frig. I cooled it down for a few hours. You don't want to pour the strawberry at this point into the milk because it just makes the milk warm and not very nice.
Once the puree was good and cold I poured a 1/3 cup of milk into a jar and added 1/3 cup -1/2 cup of strawberry "syrup". The strawberry had a very thick consistency. It wasn't watery. I secretly wanted to dump the whole thing down my throat. It was sooo good all by itself!!!
The results are in and it is thumbs up all around!! Big smiles!! And they drank glass after glass until it was completely gone!
The milk remained it's same consistency. It didn't get thick and hard to drink. The kids drank it through straws and were blowing big pink bubbles with the milk. The strawberry "syrup" blended nicely with the milk. I simply used a spoon to stir it.
Just like store bought syrup. The only difference with the flavor, compared to store bought, is that it tastes like real strawberries and it's not overly sweet.
This works nicely with soy milk as well. It blended the same as the regular milk did.
I hope you enjoy this as much as we do!