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Last Updated on December 18, 2020 by Diane Hoffmaster
I decided this week to learn how to make homemade strawberry milk. WHY? Because I have teenagers who, like most teens, love junk food. As a mom who prefers to feed her family real, whole foods whenever possible, we are often at odds when we go grocery shopping together. Usually, the process involves a lot of 'Hey, mom! Can we get THIS?' and me saying 'NO...Do you know how many artificial ingredients are in that?' At which point they roll their eyes at me and tell me I have about 12 screws loose and move on to the next chemical laden item they want me to buy. I prefer to leave them at home, personally, but I think they take perverse pleasure in annoying me at the grocery store whenever possible. If you love strawberry recipes, try my homemade strawberry icebox pie recipe!
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How to Make Homemade Strawberry Milk
My daughter's absolute favorite treat is strawberry milk. She loves milk plain just fine but add some strawberry syrup to it and she is in nirvana. She would love it if I bought that bottle of fake, artificially flavored, red dye #40 containing strawberry stuff in the squeeze bottle. Instead I spend a small fortune on Horizon organic all naturally flavored strawberry milk and she gets it as a rare treat. I decided it was time I learned to make it from scratch. Both to stop her annoying pleas for strawberry milk and to save myself some money. I found an easy recipe over at The Kitchn and decided to double it. Here is a very simple rundown on how to make homemade strawberry milk if you want to give it a try.
Homemade Strawberry Milk
Step One: Remove tops from berries. You can use fresh berries or just buy a bag of frozen ones. You will need 2 cups of berries.
Step Two: Add 1 cup sugar and 2 cups water along with the berries into a sauce pan. Heat to boiling while stirring occasionally and boil for 10 minutes.
Step Three: Strain your syrup. Just put a fine mesh strainer over a glass bowl. Be careful pouring if it is still hot.
Step Four: Let cool slightly and make your strawberry milk. I used ¼ cup of syrup to ¾ cups of whole milk. The pectin in the syrup will thicken the milk a little so you will not notice the dilution at all. Store in a glass mason jar in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
So, have you ever made homemade strawberry milk? Here is a printable recipe if you want to try it for yourself!
Homemade Strawberry Milk
- 2 cups strawberries with tops removed
- 1 cup organic sugar
- 2 cups water
- Place all ingredients in a large sauce pan
- Bring to a boil and continue boiling for approximately 10 minutes
- Strain solids out of syrup using a fine mesh strainer
- To make strawberry milk: Add ¼ cup of syrup to ¾ cup of whole milk.
Diane is a professional blogger and nationally certified pharmacy technician at Good Pill Pharmacy. She has two college aged kids, one husband and more pets than she will admit to. She earned her BS in Microbiology at the University of New Hampshire but left her career in science to become a stay at home mom. Years of playing with LEGO and coloring with crayons had her craving a more grown up purpose to her life and she began blogging and freelance writing full time. You can learn more about her HERE.