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Video: Strawberry Compote. Step-by-step Recipe With Photo
The first strawberry … With what joy you collected it in the garden and shared it with all the household! And then the sun warmed the strawberry beds, poured rain, and the season began - just have time to collect! And they ate, and treated their friends, and prepared desserts, pies, jams … What else can you think of with strawberries? Let's cook strawberry compote! On hot days, you really want to drink, so it's great if there will always be a jug with a cool natural drink on the table for children and adults. Homemade compote is much tastier and healthier than store juices, and even more so soda, from which the thirst only increases.
Compote is good because it does not need to be drunk immediately after preparation, like fresh or homemade lemonade. You can cook a large pot for a whole day … or even a whole winter! And for its preparation, not only selected berries are suitable - you can also use crushed ones, which are not suitable for other recipes. The main thing is not to get rotten, spoiled - one such berry can ruin a can of compote, so sort it carefully.
Ingredients for strawberry compote
- Fresh ripe strawberries;
For compote, I usually do not measure the exact amount of berries and sugar, as for jam, but I take about 600-700 g of berries for about 2.5-3 liters of water and 3-4 tablespoons of sugar to taste. If the berries are sour, or you like a sweeter drink, you can use a little more, five spoons with a top. You need to try it, because everyone has their own taste. But I can say for sure - the more strawberries it contains, the more delicious the compote!
Method for making strawberry compote
Put a pot of water on the fire. By the way, the taste of the drink also depends on the quality of the water. Therefore, it is not very advisable to cook the compote on the tap, which has just been drawn from the tap. I use filtered water. You can take water from a well or a source, if there is one in your area, buy purified water, or at least just take it from the tap and let it settle in an enamel bowl.
In the meantime, the water in the pan is boiling, let's prepare the berries for the compote. We sort them out, discard the spoiled ones. To make the strawberries clean, pour cold water into a large bowl and carefully pour the berries there. Let it soak for 4-5 minutes - particles of earth from the garden will sink to the bottom. Just do not overdo it, otherwise the berries themselves will become limp.
We catch them in a colander and rinse them under running water. Leave it in a colander for a while to drain excess water, and then clean it from the tails. In the same way, we prepare strawberries not only for compote, but also for jam, baking, desserts.
Add sugar to the berries.
When the water boils, pour strawberries with sugar into a saucepan and cook the compote without a lid over medium heat, from the moment of boiling again for 5-7 minutes, so that the berries are well boiled.
When the strawberries become soft, pale, and the broth is rich in color, it means that the berries have given their colors and taste to the drink. Compote is ready - you can turn it off, pour it into cups, cool it and enjoy a ruby strawberry drink.
And if you want to roll up a strawberry compote for the winter, then by the time it is ready, you need to prepare a sterile container. I use glass juice bottles with screw caps for compotes - it is more convenient than regular cans and easier to roll up.
You can sterilize the containers dry - in the oven, or wet, as I do: thoroughly wash the outside and inside (using a brush), and then pour 1/4 - 1/3 boiling water into each bottle through a funnel. Pour it carefully, little by little, otherwise the glass may crack. Let the container stand for a couple of minutes with boiling water, covered with lids, then drain the hot water, rinsing the walls of the dishes with it. Boil the lids for 1-2 minutes.
Immediately after turning off the heat under the pan, pour the hot compote into bottles with a scoop and tighten the lids well. Cover with a thick towel and leave to cool, then put away for storage.
Now, on a snowy winter day, you can pour bright, fragrant strawberry compote into glasses … and feel the taste of Summer!