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How to Make Strawberry Syrup Using the Tops

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In the gardening world, we try to use every bit of the fruits and vegetables we can. For this recipe, I am going to show you how to make homemade strawberry syrup using the tops since strawberry season is here! Most of the time people throw them right into the trash. However, there is so much goodness in those strawberry tops.

Here's how I make this amazing strawberry simple syrup recipe!

This recipe makes a huge bottle full. I like to use this syrup on my homemade waffles and my Dutch Baby Pancakes.

I also make a lot of Non-alcoholic drinks during this summer and this strawberry syrup will definitely come in handy!


Begin by taking the tops and placing them in a stockpot. Pour enough water to cover and turn the heat up until it reaches a boil.

I added 4 cups of the tops off of fresh strawberries, 3 cups of sugar, and 3 cups of water. Let it come to a boil and boil for about 10-12 minutes. Then, turn the heat down to low and let it simmer for about 20 minutes.

When it has finished simmering, strain the strawberry tops from the juice using a fine mesh strainer. 


This can be canned like strawberry jam. Grab clean canning jars and lids and place them in a hot water bath until they are fully heated. Once hot, take the jars out carefully and begin spooning the hot syrup into the hot jars. Leave 1/2″ headspace for Weck jars and 1/4″ headspace for Ball jars.

Next, wipe the lids and rims of the jars clean of water. Now, lay the lids on the jar and screw on the band.

Once the lids are on and the hot water bath is ready, gently place the clean canning jars in the pot. Make sure that the jars are covered with water. When the hot water bath has reached a boil, process jars for 10 minutes.

Lift the jars out of the canning bath after about 10 minutes and let them rest on the counter. If using the standard canning lids there will be a popping sound. That sound lets you know it is sealed.

But, if you are like me, you can skip this step if you don't want to can it. Just simply put it into an airtight jar and place it in the refrigerator. It will last about 3 weeks in the fridge. You can also freeze this by putting it in a freezer-safe container. It will last 3 months in the freezer.

As I said before, it makes the perfect simple syrup to make delicious drinks with or to use it as topping on ice cream or french toast!

Check out these strawberry drinks you can use this syrup in

Yield: 4 cups

How to Make Strawberry Syrup with the Tops

How to Make Strawberry Syrup with the Tops

Ever wonder what to do with all those strawberry tops? This recipe shows you how to take those strawberry tops and turn them into strawberry

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 4 cups of strawberry tops
  • 3 cups of sugar
  • 3 cups of water


    Pour strawberry tops and sugar into a stockpot and cover with the water.
    Bring to a boil and simmer for 10-15 minutes.
    Take the pot off the burner and carefully strain out the tops.
    Pour juice back into the pot.
    Bring juice back to a boil and then simmer until it reduces about 20 minutes or so.

    Turn off the burner, pour the syrup into a jar or bottle, and store it in the fridge.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 127Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 2mgCarbohydrates: 33gFiber: 1gSugar: 32gProtein: 0g

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Sunday 2nd of June 2024

How long can it stay in fridge?

Jennifer Sikora

Tuesday 4th of June 2024

I keep mine in there until I finish it. I have had it in there for at least a month.


Monday 27th of May 2024

Loved this recipe. I added just a little lemon juice to the mix and it is perfect. Will definitely be making more.

Jennifer Sikora

Wednesday 29th of May 2024

Love hearing that Belva!

Tina Morrison

Saturday 18th of May 2024

I just made this and had to reduce all the ingredients since I didn't have that many strawberry tops. It came out great. We'll definitely be doing this again!

Jennifer Sikora

Monday 20th of May 2024

Glad to hear you liked it!


Thursday 4th of April 2024

I’m a bit confused. In the blog it says to boil for 12-15 minutes, then simmer for 20. In the recipe it only states to boil. Which one do I do?

Jennifer Sikora

Friday 5th of April 2024

You do both. I will correct that. Thanks for catching the step I missed.

Sally W. Eilersen

Saturday 28th of October 2023

I saved all my tops from my strawberry jam making. Can I make multiple batches at once to can, or should I do just 4 cups of tops at a time? I'm planning to add this to my Christmas baskets. Thank you for sharing.

Jennifer Sikora

Sunday 29th of October 2023

You should be able to just double the recipe and make it all at once.

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