Macerating Strawberries

  • Yield : About 3 cups
  • Servings : 6
  • Prep Time : 10m
  • Ready In : 12:00 h
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Nutritional Info

This information is per serving.

  • Calories

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  • Total Fat

  • Saturated Fat

  • Trans Fat

  • Cholesterol

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  • Carbohydrates

  • Dietary Fiber

  • Sugar

  • Protein

  • Serving Size:

    1/2 cup (85 g)

Strawberry shortcake is a popular dessert and a healthier alternative to strawberry pies and cheesecake especially if you limit the amount of cake and pile on the berries.

Some people classify berries as a superfood. All berries are low in calories and a good source of fiber and other nutrients. A 1/2 cup (85g) serving has about 40 calories.

Maceration is a simple process for softening fruit and extracting juice to form a sweet liquid you can use over cakes and ice cream.

This maceration process uses only granulated sugar; about 4 teaspoons (20 ml) per pound (450 g) of berries.

You can reduce the amount of sugar when using sweet, ripe berries.

Cook’s Tip

Strawberries continue to soften over time. For firm fruit, use macerated strawberries within 2 day. The thiner you slice your berries, the quicker they will soften.


  • 1 lb. (450 g) fresh strawberries
  • 4 teaspoons (20 ml) granulated sugar

Method of Preparation

Step 1

Rinse berries, drain and remove stem. Drying berries is optional.

Step 2

Depending on their size, slice berries in half or 1/8-inch (4mm) thick slices into a bowl or plastic container.

Step 3

After slicing about half of the berries, sprinkle with 1 to 2 teaspoons (5-10 ml) of sugar. Repeat with remaining berries. Gently toss or stir to coat with sugar.

Step 4

Cover and refrigerate overnight (about 12 hours) and serve.