The first strawberry ... With what joy you collected it in the garden and shared it with all the household! And then strawberry beds warmed the sun, poured rain, and the season began - just have time to collect! And ate, and treated friends, and prepared desserts, pies, jams ... What else can you come up with strawberries? Let's make a strawberry compote! On hot days, I really feel thirsty, so it's great if there is always a jug on the table with a cool natural drink for children and adults. Homemade compote is much tastier and more useful than store juices, and especially soda, from which thirst only intensifies.
Compote is good in that it does not need to be drunk immediately after cooking, like fresh or homemade lemonade. You can cook a large pot for the whole day ... or even for the whole winter! And not only selected berries are suitable for its preparation - you can also use mashed ones that are not suitable for other recipes. The main thing is not to get rotten, spoiled - one such berry can spoil a can of compote, so sort it out carefully.
Strawberry Compote Ingredients
- Fresh ripe strawberries;
For compote, I usually do not measure out the exact amount of berries and sugar, as for jam, but I take about 600-300 g of berries and about 3-4 tablespoons to taste about 2.5-3 liters of water. If the berries are sour, or you like the drink better - you can a little more, five spoons with the top. You need to try it, because everyone has their own taste. But I can say for sure - the compote is tastier the more strawberries in it!
The method of preparation of strawberry compote
Put a pot of water on the fire. By the way, the taste of the drink also depends on the quality of the water. Therefore, it is not very desirable to cook the compote on the tap, just recruited from the tap. I use filtered water. You can take water from a well or source, if there is one in your area, buy purified water or at least just pick it from a tap and let it settle in an enameled bowl.
In the meantime, the water in the pan begins to boil, prepare the berries for the compote. We sort them out, throw out the spoiled ones. To make the strawberry clean, we collect in a large bowl of cold water and gently pour the berries there. Let it soak for 4-5 minutes - particles of land from the beds will sink to the bottom. Just don’t overdo it, otherwise the berries themselves will also become limp.
They are caught in a colander and rinsed under running water. Leave for a short time in a colander to drain excess water, and then clear of the tails. In the same way, we prepare strawberries not only for compote, but also for jam, baking, desserts.
Add sugar to the berries.
When the water boils, pour the strawberries with sugar into the pan and cook the compote without a lid on the fire for more than average, from the moment of boiling for 5-7 minutes, so that the berries are well boiled.
When the strawberries become soft, pale, and the broth - saturated color - means the berries gave the paint and taste to the drink. Compote is ready - you can turn it off, pour into cups, cool and enjoy a ruby strawberry drink.
And if you want to roll strawberry compote for the winter, then by the time it is ready, you need to prepare a sterile container. For compotes, I use glass juice bottles with screw caps - more convenient than regular cans, and it’s easier to roll up.
You can sterilize containers in a dry way - in the oven, or wet, as I do: thoroughly wash the inside and out (using a brush), and then pour 1/4 - 1/3 boiling water into each bottle through the funnel. Pour carefully, little by little, otherwise the glass may crack. Let the container stand for a couple of minutes with boiling water, covered with lids, then drain the hot water, rinsing the walls of the dishes with it. Boil for 1-2 minutes.
Hot compote immediately after turning off the fire under the pan, pour the scoop into bottles and tighten the lids well. We cover with a thick towel and leave to cool, then we put it in storage.
Now, on a snowy winter day, you can pour bright, fragrant strawberry compote into glasses ... and taste Summer!