for when good berries go bad

Local Maryland strawberries (available at Fleet Street Market) deserve reverence even as they brown and soften. The answer? Strawberry sauce. For ice cream, pancakes or by the spoonful.

Slice old berries – don't worry about the brown bits – and put in a sauce pan with sugar, water and balsamic vinegar. We had about 1 cup of chopped berries, and used 1/4 cup of sugar, 1/4 cup of water and 1 tbsp of balsamic vinegar.

As the sauce simmers on low, skim off any foam that forms on the surface. Let simmer for about 20 minutes.

Remove from heat, and push the cooked berries through a strainer. Refrigerate and allow to thicken. After the sauce has cooled, squeeze a lemon wedge in to brighten the flavor (optional).

Pour over delicious local ice cream (or brownies or sponge cake or, hell, cardboard). Enjoy.

*recipe works for any berries that have gone south.

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