I am so in love with summer – absolutely everything about it! I love the sun, the beach, and a cool ocean breeze. I love the smell of barbecued chicken and freshly cut grass. I love sun-kissed skin, painted nails and wearing strappy sandals with short shorts. I love how long the days are, and farmers markets with fresh produce. I love sitting outside on patios at restaurants and not needing to wear heavy sweaters. I love the positive attitude that everyone seems to sport once summer sets in. And I absolutely love all the options of fresh fruit after a winter of having to resort to mediocre or frozen fruit. My favorite? Summer strawberries!
If you have a great farmers market near you like I do (the Culver City Farmers Market!), you might be able to get a great deal on your strawberries. But wouldn’t you like your money to go even further? Now it can!
After you use all of your delicious strawberries in a parfait, cheesecake, fruit salad, or whatever delicious summery recipe you can find, save your strawberry tops!! If you toss them out without reusing them it’s like throwing money straight in the trash. Get more milage for your dollars by making strawberry water.
Take a mason jar and put your strawberry tops in it (they should already be rinsed from when you used them previously). Then fill it with filtered water. I have a brita pitcher that I just use, so I just poured that water in the mason jar.
Once you’ve got your strawberry tops in water, pop the mason jar in the fridge. Let it sit for an hour or so (the longer you let it sit, the more intense the strawberry flavor will be!)
Then take it out and enjoy! You’ll have water that’s sweet and flavorful. It’s a great healthy alternative to other flavored beverages like soda! It tastes sweet and refreshing, and has none of the negative side effects that soda does.
How to Make Strawberry Water
Prep Time2 minutes
Cook Time1 hour
Total Time1 hour2 minutes
Cut the tops of your strawberries. Save your strawberries for eating later, or for using in other recipes.
Put the tops of the strawberries in a mason jar.
Fill the mason jar with filtered water.
Let the jar sit in the fridge for an hour or more if desired. The longer you let it sit, the more flavorful it will be!
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