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How to Use Preserves to Make Strawberry Topping Sauce

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author image Carly Schuna
Carly Schuna is a Wisconsin-based professional writer, editor and copy editor/proofreader. She has worked with hundreds of pieces of fiction, nonfiction, children's literature, feature stories and corporate content. Her expertise on food, cooking, nutrition and fitness information comes from years of in-depth study on those and other health topics.
How to Use Preserves to Make Strawberry Topping Sauce
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Strawberry preserves are simple to find in any grocery store, and because they’re already sweetened and thick, they’re quite easy to make into a dessert sauce or topping. Pectin, a natural binding agent, keeps the preserves thick and will also give your sauce a desirable consistency. To ensure that you get the best taste from a sauce, use the highest-quality preserves you can find. Don’t be afraid to splurge on an artisan or locally produced jar if you think that it contains the freshest, most flavorful berries, because you’ll be rewarded with a fantastic topping.

Step 1

How to Use Preserves to Make Strawberry Topping Sauce
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Scoop about 1/2 cup strawberry preserves from the jar to make enough sauce for four people. Place the preserves in a small saucepan.

Step 2

How to Use Preserves to Make Strawberry Topping Sauce
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Heat the saucepan over low to medium heat on the stove, stirring occasionally with a wooden spoon.

Step 3

How to Use Preserves to Make Strawberry Topping Sauce
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Add about 1 tablespoon of water to the pan of strawberry preserves after it has had a minute or two to grow warm. Stir the topping constantly, simmering over low heat, until the berries begin to break down and the sauce develops a thinner, pourable consistency.

Step 4

How to Use Preserves to Make Strawberry Topping Sauce
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Take a small spoonful of sauce out of the pan and let it cool for a few seconds. Taste the sauce, and stir in up to 1 tablespoon sugar or honey if you’d like it to have more pronounced sweetness.

Step 5

How to Use Preserves to Make Strawberry Topping Sauce
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Turn off the heat when the sauce has reached the consistency you desire. Let it cool for 10 to 15 minutes or until it’s still thin enough to pour but no longer piping hot. If the sauce thickens too much, simply reheat it on the stove for a minute or two.

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