10 Great Ways to Preserve Strawberries

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From simple strawberry jam (always a favorite) to strawberry-rhubarb compote to the best techniques for freezing and dehydrating this wonderful fruit, here are my favorite recipes and methods for preserving strawberries.

Keep in mind that the more flavorful the fresh strawberries you start out with are, the more delicious your final products will be. For the most scrumptious results, use locally grown strawberries when they are in peak season in your area (that's spring into early summer in most places).

Frozen strawberries can be used to make any of the jam, compote, or preserves recipes listed here. But again, you'll get the most flavorful results if you use in-season, local strawberries that you froze yourself.

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    The Best Way to Freeze Strawberries

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    Next to homemade strawberry jam, freezing strawberries is the best way to preserve their flavor and juiciness. You can use frozen strawberries to make any jam recipe that calls for the fresh fruit!

    These instructions ensure that the berries don't clump together but remain loose so that you can easily take out just the amount you want.

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    Low Sugar Strawberry Jam

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    This is an easy recipe for strawberry jam that uses less than half the sugar called for in traditional recipes. The result is a healthier treat that has the full natural flavor and color of the fruit.

    The recipe calls for low methoxyl pectin (made from citrus peels) and calcium powder, both of which are available from brands such as Pomona's Universal Pectin. The combination of low methoxyl pectin and calcium makes it possible to get a good gel even when using little or no sugar.

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    Strawberry Jam With Homemade Pectin

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    This strawberry jam recipe uses an overnight maceration (soaking time) and homemade pectin to keep the sugar amount moderate and the cooking time low. The result is a brightly colored and flavored jam that honors the fruit it is made with.

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    How to Dry Strawberries in a Dehydrator

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    Dried strawberries are fantastic on cereal, as a crisp snack, or as part of a trail mix blend of dried fruits and nuts. Strawberries keep their color when they are dehydrated without an acidic solution pre-treatment (unlike apples, pears, and many other fruits).

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    Strawberry Rhubarb Compote Recipe

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    Strawberries and rosy rhubarb are a classic pairing, partly because they are both in season at the same time, and also because their flavors complement each other perfectly. Rhubarb's tanginess brightens strawberry's sweetness, and both bring their delightful color to this preserve.

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    Strawberry-Red Currant Preserves

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    Ruby red, both tart and sweet, this preserve pairs strawberries and red currants perfectly. Both fruits are in season at the same time. Strawberries are low in pectin, but the currants, high in natural pectin, compensate for that.

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    Strawberry Refrigerator Jam

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    This easy strawberry refrigerator jam recipe requires no added pectin. It will keep for at least two weeks in the refrigerator, or you can freeze it or can it for longer storage.

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    Easy Strawberry Sauce Recipe

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    This lightly but not overly sweet sauce is fantastic instead of syrup on pancakes. It freezes well.

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    Southern Style Strawberry Preserves

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    With just three ingredients (strawberries, lemon juice, and sugar), this vintage recipe is a classic Southern style strawberry preserves treat.

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    Strawberry Wine

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    Homemade strawberry wine is a treat that most of your guests won't have sipped before. You'll have to wait a year for the wine to be ready to drink, but trust me, it's worth the wait!