By far the most common term that people search for (that brings them to this blog) is “Artificial Strawberry Syrup/Flavor” and that is due to this post that I did a few months back on Artificial Strawberry Flavoring. If you missed it you can read it here.
Who knew that so many people were curious about artificial strawberry syrup?
When I wrote the post, back in March, Corrigan did not yet have his g-tube and we were struggling to get him to drink his medicated formula that tasted like poison (trust me) and were willing to try anything to make his formula appetizing. After surgery we now administer his meds in small 2 ounce boluses/4 times a day through his tube. Since that time he has also graduated from baby formula to goat milk and we had hoped that once we removed the meds from his bottles he would happily drink his allotted amounts.
But then you knew that, right? Whatever it is you think will happen with Corrigan, just write the opposite down and wait a little bit. Eventually you will have your answer.
So all of these months later I am still trying to find the perfect flavoring that will perk up his taste buds but not add unnecessary chemicals to his body.
(confession, I have even tried flavored coffee creamers. They are non-dairy and have no protein or artificial coloring but they are still full of preservatives and chemicals)
Just as a refresher…here are the ingredients in Artificial Strawberry Flavoring:
amyl butyrate, amyl acetate, amyl valerate, anethol, anisyl formate, benzyl acetate, benzyl isobutyrate, butyric acid, cinnamyl isobutyrate,cinnamyl valerate, cognac essential oil, diacetyl, dipropyl ketone, ethyl butyrate, ethyl cinnamate, ethyl heptanoate, ethyl heptylate, ethyl lactate, ethyl methylphenylglycidate, ethyl nitrate, ethyl propionate, ethyl valerate, heliotropin, hydroxyprenyl-2-butanone (10 percent solution in alcohol), a-ionone, isobutyl anthranilate, isobutyl butyrate, lemon essential oil, maltol, 4-methylacetophenone, metyl anthranilate, methyl benzoate, methyl cinnamate, methyl heptine carbonate, methyl naphtyl ketone, methyl salicylate, mint essential oil, neroli essential oil, nerolin, neryl isobutyrate, orris butter, phenyl alcohol, rose, rum ether, y-undecalactone, vanillin, and solvent.
(Schlosser, Erica. Fast Food Nation; The Dark Side of the All-American Meal, page 126, Houghten Mifflin Company)
Today I was feeling productive so I made my first batch of chili, whipped up some homemade rolls and decided to make a big batch of organic strawberry flavoring and take some photos to share.
It is pretty simple. No seriously…really simple. A nice big jar of organic strawberry preserves to start. This product is sweetened with a little bit of cane sugar and I am okay with that. If I can find unsweetened strawberry spread I will use it next time.
I only have the little Bullet blender so I have to use two blending cups. I add about one cup of organic white grape juice to the strawberry spread in order to water it down a bit. It also adds calories and Corrigan needs those.
I blend the heck out of the spread and add tiny amounts of white grape juice until I get it the consistency that I want. Basically, it has to be thin enough to be sucked through the nipple of a bottle (yes, he still uses a bottle) so I probably end up using a bit more than 8 ounces of juice but not much more than that.
As you can see it leaves me with a lot of strawberry syrup. Price-wise it is certainly cheaper to buy the chemical weird stuff (the jar of strawberry spread was nearly $5.00 in the organic section of my local market) but it tastes so good and I feel better about adding it to his milk.
Here is a side-by-side shot of his milk with a teaspoon of the homemade syrup added next to a bottle of unflavored milk.
I really should have made up a bottle using the store brand artificial strawberry syrup too so you can see how pale the healthier version is in comparison but I couldn’t bear to waste 6 ounces of goat milk. That stuff isn’t cheap!
The organic syrup does not mix as smoothly as the artificial stuff so if the bottle sits awhile I have to give it a good shake or better yet, I save those red long-handled spoons that I get in my Blizzards from Dairy Queen and really stir it well before I give it to Corrigan. You can see a little bit of strawberry seeds in the bottle but so far there has not been any issue with the bits clogging up the nipple of the bottle. If it were a problem I would just strain it before storing it.
..and that’s it. Organic strawberries, cane sugar, organic white grape juice…mix. 38 calories per teaspoon, no protein.
Does anyone have a recipe for organic chocolate syrup?