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Strawberry tops gathered for sauce

Strawberry tops keep things saucy


Use up strawberry tops and “ugly” strawberries in this sauce


  • Tops and uglies from 1 quart of strawberries—serve the beauties
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • 23 tablespoons sugar (or to taste)


  1. In a small saucepan, combine all ingredients.
    Strawberry tops gathered for sauce
  2. Cook over medium-low heat until berries are completely soft, about 10 minutes.
    cooking strawberry tops
  3. Pass through a fine strainer, discarding the repurposed tops and reserving the liquid.
    pressing strawberry juice out of strawberry tops
  4. Use as a topping for fruit salad, yogurt, pancakes, or ice cream. It also makes a delicious cocktail syrup or iced tea sweetener.
    strawberries and strawberry top sauce