Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Berry Bounty, So here is Strawberry Conserve

Oh my has been strawberries all around. I love the summers as it cheers up your mind and soul with its bright and sunny days. People are making the most of their weekends with Strawberry Picking in the farms. Its so much fun to pick and fill your baskets with fresh strawberries. Make any dish with these delicious berries and its surely going to be a hit. The recipes are loaded with antioxidants and full of natural sweetness and flavor.

I was reading the recent issue of Bon Appetit and fell in love with this recipe of strawberry conserve. So here is my reproduction of the simple yet classy recipe.

Strawberries: 2 cups
Sugar:1/2 cup
A dash of  Lemon
2-3 pieces of Lemon peel


Take strawberry halves, lemon peel and sugar in a pan.

Cover the pan and let it sit at room temperature for approximately two hours.
Keep mixing occasionally.
This will help the berries to ooze out their flavor/Juice and blend the sugar.
Now put this mixture over simmer heat, stirring gently till strawberries are tender (2-3 mins).
Take out strawberries at this stage & transfer into a glass jar.
Continue simmering liquid until it thickens into syrup consistency (4-5mins).
Discard the lemon and filter out the syrup over the berries in the glass jar.

Refrigerate and use whenever you want to cheer up.
This should last for almost a month in refrigerator.
A great way to consume is on a multigrain toast alongwith a Philadelphia spread.
Yummm.... !!!!!!!!

I had a happy and cheerful week, experimenting my hands with strawberries. I also tried ice cream with the rest of my box, will share recipe soon. Hope you love this conserve with any bread you like or even on top of your vanilla ice cream, its YUM in whichever way you decide to consume it ...... !!!!!!

PS - You must have noticed that photographs look a bit different here, the reason is that I decided to play with shadows, let me know if you like the photography.

Sharing the recipe of Strawberry Conserve with Simple Lives Thursday, 48th Edition


  1. First of all....the pics are toooooooooo good....i liked the way u hv used the shadow....and the strawberry conserve looks colorful, yummy.

  2. Awesome. The pictures look amazing. How did u play with shadows. Please tell me too as I have minimal knowledge on food photography. Also tel me what photo editing software you use.

    My email:

  3. I have made a similiar conserve--a bit more syrupy than yours, but nonetheless delicious. I like how you are playing with the shadows--adds a different feeling, a kind of drama, to the shot. Very nice work!

  4. ThankYou so much for liking the conserve..... !

  5. Awsm Sonia.. seriously isn't summer so beautiful and happy :)I never experienced any berry picking .. must find out if i can do it somewhere this weekend.
    This is a great recipe looking so delicious. I could see the picture is different .. honestly i don't like shadow.. always try to get rid of them, yet they fall from somewhere. But we are not photographers and experimenting is the only way to learn.. So, go girl.. keep rocking :)

  6. Sonia this jam looks superb, I love making jam at home especially when berries are in season
    very creative pictures :)

  7. Try mascarpone cheese...u will never go back to Philly :)
    Love ur pics!

  8. I liked your blog very much. Strawberry conserve looks delicious, colourful, yummy and tempting. Wonderful presentation.
    You are welcome at my blog.

  9. Hi Sonia! Another beautiful photo collection here on strawberries! I have never tried making jams but must be fun with fresh fruits! Your pictures were really entertaining to look at.... now I want that piece of toast. Yum...

  10. Oh my, what a delicious looking strawberry bounty! I am salivatin here. Hoep you're having a lovely day.

  11. I love strawberries!!! well...who doesnt??!! Lovely clicks too Sonia...Loved the new shaded ones.. :)
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  12. I love strawberry preserve! Yum! I am looking forward to strawberry season here... even though we have strawberries all year round, they are not as sweet as when they are in the right season... I LOVE your photographs! Amazing job Sonia!

  13. Irresistible strawberry preserve, nothing will beat the home made one na...delicious!

  14. I'm loving your comments as much as I liked strawberry conserve....Thanks guys !!!!!!

  15. your strawberry preserve looks yummy and delightful.

  16. Hi Sonia
    It was so nice of you to visit my place and appreciating my post.
    Well I must say photography is fab.
    Thumbs up to your strawberry conservation tech.

  17. that sounds simply delicious! what a great way to use strawberries(: your photos are gorgeous btw.

  18. I noticed the photography before I even reached the bottom because I think it is beautiful. Lovely work! I really enjoy toast. It is so simple and delicious. This is the perfect compliment to it! Thank you so much for your kind words :)

  19. Hi Sonia, thank you for your comments on my coffee cake muffins. They were delicious!

    I'm now your newest follower! Please stop by when you have time, I love company and new friends are always welcome.


  20. I am so sad the strawberry season is almost over here. I love your dark shadows. I used to like really bright photos but I am now more inclined to the ones that has some dimension with shadows. If you want to see some more shadow and dark food photo, check out Stephanie's blog she has very good ones that I got inspired!

  21. I'm such a klutz at photography, Sonia. But, I know deliciousness when I see it and boy have I! Your preserves look delectably delightful.

    I'm still enjoying the strawberry jam my daughter sent but, it's high time I make my own!

    Thank you so much for sharing...I guess they don't call the full moon of June the Strawberry Moon for nothing:)

  22. Ooo I love homemade preserves -- these look fantastic and great for summer!

  23. Like the photography? I adore it! I love the photo where the knife looks like a palette knife and the conserve is treated as the paint on your buttered bread canvas... beautiful!

  24. yes! yes i do like the photos! i like new the shadow effect. that conserve looks absolutely refreshing! perfect on any and everything

  25. Lovely photos. Nice shadow work. How did you do it? :)

  26. I could've sworn I commented on your berry post. The strawberry compote looks amazing! And, I like the shadows in the photos.

  27. Sonia, your strawberry conserve is really classical.Wonderful presentation &Photography..... stunning.Your Blog is The Best One!!!!!


New Year Greetings!

 As we swing in the New year, may the year ushers lots of Bliss & New Beginnings loaded with happiness, fun & food with family!!! Ch...