Snow cone maker/ice shaver (or just use crushed ice)* see Notes
Large pot (6qt or can hold at least 3x the volume of the fruit)
4cupschopped strawberriesabout 1 ½ lbs
Crushed ice(for serving)
Juice of ½ lemon
Crushed Ice(for serving)
Place the first 3 ingredients (depending on which flavor you want to make) in a deep pot that’s large enough to hold at least 3x the volume of the mixture. Bring to a boil using medium-high heat.
Once boiling, mash the berries with a potato masher or the back of a wooden spoon. Reduce the heat to medium and continue cooking (while stirring and mashing at times) the mixture for 5 to 7 minutes or until it starts to just slightly thicken but still very runny. The mixture foams as the syrup boils hence the need for a bigger pot to avoid the syrup from boiling over.
Strain using a fine sieve, let cool and transfer to a mason jar or a squeeze bottle. Refrigerate until ready to use.
To serve: drizzle over crushed ice, use as a juice base or use to make flavored lemonade/iced tea.
*Manual ice shaver that’s used for halo-halo or a blender with a crushed ice option. You can also place some ice cubes in a ziploc bag, wrap the bag with a kitchen towel then whack with a rolling pin to crush the ice.**I turn the leftover pulp into jam by adding some freshly-squeezed lemon juice and some sweetener (sugar or honey) then cooking it for a few minutes until thickened. They’re great on toasts!