How to Make Strawberry Nectar
Strawberry nectar is a versatile ingredient that you can use in smoothies, baked goods, and even cocktails. Making nectar is a great alternative to juicing if you want an end product with a smoother texture. The secret to making this nectar is to use a vacuum sealer instead of a traditional juicer. Keep reading to learn more about strawberry nectar, how it is different than strawberry juice, and how to make it using a vacuum sealer.
What Is Strawberry Nectar?
Strawberry nectar is a beverage made from strawberries that have been pureed or juiced, and it may contain additions like sweeteners. Generally, strawberry nectar has a thicker texture and is less translucent than traditional strawberry juice.
Nectar vs. Juice
Pure fruit juice must be composed of 100% juice with no additives, but nectar can be made from fruit juice or puree that has been diluted with water, sweeteners, other flavorings, and even preservatives.
Strawberry Nectar Recipe
- Cut off the stems of your strawberries and then pour the berries into a vacuum sealing bag. Make sure that the bag is no more than 1/3 full.
- Add a splash of lime cordial to enhance the strawberries' flavor.
- Vacuum seal the bag according to your unit's instructions.
- Once it is fully sealed, press down on the bag to crush the berries into a pulp and then freeze them overnight.
- Once it is frozen, cut open the bag and break up the frozen berry pulp.
- Place the frozen pulp in a chinois over a large pot and let it strain for 3 hours.
- Use this recipe as a base for cocktails at your outdoor catered event.
- Freeze your nectar in an ice cube tray and pair it with lemonade for a unique twist on a classic drink.
- Incorporate it into your batters to create baked goods with a naturally strong strawberry flavor.
- Add rosemary to the strawberries before vacuum sealing. Then, use the nectar to create a reduction that is great for drizzling over salads or entrees.
1 lb. of strawberries makes approximately 10 oz. of nectar.
How to Serve Strawberry Nectar
If you love the sound of strawberry nectar but you aren’t sure how to serve it, check out our suggestions below.
To easily make strawberry nectar, vacuum seal strawberries with a bit of added sweetener. Keep a container of fresh strawberry nectar at your bar to create unique seasonal drinks, or try using it in your baked goods to achieve a prominent strawberry flavor without using extract. Now that you know the difference between strawberry juice and strawberry nectar, you can incorporate this ingredient into several parts of your menu.