The other day, I got out of my car and went inside the gas station to pay for gas and get a refill on my coffee. As I stood there, in line, I looked around the store to gather inspiration of things to remake at home.
And then, I looked at a group of kids in front of me and they each had a delicious bottle of strawberry milk in their hand. This gave me the idea to remake it at home, with all the strawberries we have in the fridge.
After I put the kids to bed, I kept thinking about the strawberry milk, so got to work in the kitchen. The first thing I wanted to recreate was a “syrup” of sorts, made with the fresh, summer strawberries I had in my fridge.
I didn’t want to simply blend the berries with milk in the blender because my kids already complain about the strawberry seeds ; so I needed a new way to “mix” the strawberries and the milk. Then I thought that I could create a “sauce” just like I make for my blueberry pancake syrup and the strawberry pancake syrup recipes.
You have to cook the berries a little but the “sauce” for this delicious milk is great in yogurt, over pancakes or mixed with cream cheese to make strawberry cream cheese. After you see how easy it is to make, you’ll save the bottled strawberry milk for those crazy days on the go that you need a treat to hold over the kids.
What gas station treat would you like a homemade version of?
- 1 cup fresh or frozen strawberries, cleaned & hulled
- 3 Tablespoons maple syrup
- Clean your berries and slice. If you are using frozen strawberries, that first.
- In a small saucepan, cook berries over medium heat for about 5 minutes. Once they begin to break up and liquefy, add maple syrup.
- Simmer on low for another 5-8minutes until berries are fully broken up and it looks like a sauce. Set aside to cool.
- Pour berry sauce in a blender and blend until smooth.
- Filter sauce through a colander to remove berry-pits into a glass jar. Store in the refrigerator up to 2 weeks -if it lasts that long.
- Add 1-2 Tablespoons berry sauce to 1 cup of cold milk. Mix until sauce is dissolved.