How to Make Glazed Strawberries

If you’re looking for a way to use up ripe strawberries or want to make your desserts stand out, try glazing strawberries. Dip whole strawberries into a simple syrup and let them harden. Then you can serve them on top of cakes or tarts. If you’d rather make a strawberry glaze that you can pour, slice berries and cook them with sugar until they soften. Spoon the strawberry glaze over baked goods or ice cream for a special treat.

EditIngredients
EditIndividual Glazed Strawberries
1 cup (200 g) of granulated sugar

of water

16 fresh strawberries

1/2 cup (112 g) of cinnamon red hots, optional

Makes 16 glazed strawberries

EditStrawberry Glaze Sauce
of strawberries

1/3 cup (67 g) of granulated sugar

of lemon juice

of vanilla, optional

Makes of sauce

EditSteps
EditGlazing Individual Strawberries
Rinse 16 strawberries and dry them with a paper towel. You can leave the stems on the strawberries or trim them off if you prefer. Ensure that the strawberries are completely dry since the sugar glaze won’t stick to wet berries.[1]
Avoid using frozen strawberries for this recipe. They’ll release too much moisture as they thaw and they’ll become mushy.

Insert a toothpick into the stem or big end of each strawberry. Push the toothpick about deep into the strawberry. This will make it easier to dip the strawberries into the hot glaze.[2]If you don’t have toothpicks, you can use lollipop sticks or bamboo skewers.

Put the sugar and water into a saucepan with a candy thermometer. Pour 1 cup (200 g) of granulated sugar along with of water into a saucepan and clip a candy thermometer to the side of the saucepan. The tip of the candy thermometer should be near the bottom of the pan without touching it.[3]You can also substitute caster or superfine sugar for the granulated sugar.

Heat the sugar syrup until it reaches . Stir the sugar so it mixes with the water and turn the burner to medium-high. Stir the mixture frequently as it liquifies and heats up to .[4]Stir gently to prevent the hot syrup from splashing out of the saucepan.

on the candy thermometer is also called hard crack stage. If you don’t have a thermometer, spoon a little syrup into a bowl of cold water. The syrup should break and crack if it’s hot enough.

Turn off the burner and dip the strawberries into the syrup. Carefully hold a strawberry by the toothpick and lower it into the hot syrup. Dip it down until all but the stem is glazed. Then place it on a sheet of parchment paper. Repeat this with the rest of the strawberries.Work quickly so the syrup doesn’t have a chance to cool too much.

The hot syrup can burn your skin, so use caution when you dip the berries.

Let the strawberries harden and serve them within 2 hours. Leave the strawberries alone for a few minutes so they harden completely. For the best texture, serve the glazed strawberries within 2 hours. You can set them out for guests to pick up or place them on top of decorated cakes and tarts.[5]
The berries will begin to shrink under the glaze and they’ll become too ripe after a few hours. This is why you should avoid making the glazed strawberries too far in advance.

EditMaking a Strawberry Glaze Sauce
Cut the strawberries into slices and put them in a saucepan. Rinse of strawberries and use a paring knife to cut off the stems. Then slice each strawberry into thick slices and put them into a saucepan.[6]You can use frozen strawberries for this recipe. Just thaw the strawberries in the refrigerator until they’re easy enough to slice.

Stir in the sugar, lemon juice, and optional vanilla. Add 1/3 cup (67 g) of granulated sugar to the saucepan along with of lemon juice. If you’d like a deeper flavor, add of vanilla. Stir until the berries are coated with the sugar.[7]The lemon juice won’t make the strawberry glaze taste sour. Instead, it will give the glaze a bright, fresh flavor.

Bring the strawberry glaze to a boil. Turn the burner to medium so the strawberries start releasing liquid. Stir them occasionally to prevent them from burning and continue to heat the strawberries until they bubble vigorously.[8]
The strawberries will break down as they cook so there’s no need to mash them.

Simmer the glaze for 20 to 25 minutes. Turn the burner down to medium-low and keep the lid off of the saucepan. Stir the glaze frequently as it simmers and becomes a heavy syrup. The syrup will thicken as some of the liquid evaporates.[9] of cold water. Then stir the mixture into the hot glaze about 5 minutes before it’s finished cooking and stir constantly.}}The amount of time it takes to cook will depend on how much moisture there was in the strawberries.

Turn off the burner and cool the glaze to room temperature. Transfer the strawberry glaze to a bowl or storage container and leave it to cool until it reaches room temperature. This should take about 30 minutes.[10]

Serve the strawberry glaze with breakfast or dessert. Spoon the room-temperature glaze over pancakes. If you prefer, refrigerate the glaze until it’s cold and then pour it over cheesecake or ice cream.[11]
To store the strawberry glaze, put it into an airtight container and refrigerate it for up to 3 to 4 days.

The strawberry glaze will thicken even more as it’s refrigerated.

EditTips
Play around with adding other fruits to the glazed strawberry sauce. For example, add a handful of blueberries or raspberries to the simmering mixture.

Spoon a little of the glazed strawberry sauce over your morning oatmeal.

EditThings You’ll Need
EditIndividual Glazed Strawberries
Measuring cups and spoons

Knife and cutting board

Toothpicks

Paper towels

Saucepan

Candy thermometer

EditStrawberry Glaze Sauce
Measuring cups and spoons

Knife and cutting board

Saucepan

Spoon

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Historical Events

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1949 – James T Adams, US historian (Pulitzer 1921)
1967 – Andy Clyde, Scottish actor (The Real McCoys, Lassie), dies from natural causes at 75
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How to Teach Parrots to Talk

Many types of parrots love to mimic human words, including cockatoos, parakeets, macaws, Amazons, and African greys.[1] Getting your parrot to say specific words may take a little time and work, but if you’re patient, you may be able to get it to say some fun things! Work on simple phrases at first to encourage your bird to talk. You can also use treats to help teach your parrot words.

EditSteps
EditWorking on Simple Words
Put the parrot’s cage in a central room in your home. Parrots need to interact with you and anyone else in your household, so put yours in a room with a lot of traffic. The more you interact with it, the more social it will become. The more words it hears, the more likely it is to repeat them![2]
However, don’t put it in the kitchen or the bathroom. Both have too much temperature variation, and the kitchen can have dangerous toxins in the air.

Talk to your parrot like you would a 3-4-year-old. Parrots are very intelligent, so even when you’re not trying to teach your parrot specific words, engage it by speaking sentences to it all the time. That way, it gets used to hearing you talk, and it will want to return the favor because it is a very social creature![3]
For instance, as you walk by the cage, you might say, “How are you doing today, Bridget? Do you like the sunny weather? Your feathers are looking nice!”

Start with an easy, frequently used word. Simple words will be easier for your bird to pick up, especially at first. “Hello!” and “Bye-bye!” are a good place to start. Say them when you come and go from the room to help your bird understand what you want it to do.[4]
You could also try “bird.” It really doesn’t matter what the word is, as long as it’s simple.

Repeat the word as often as you can. Repetition is key to getting your bird to say a specific word. The more you speak it around the bird, the more likely it is to say it back to you. If you’re starting with a word like “Hello!” make sure you say it every time you enter the room with the parrot.[5]
Similarly, if you’re trying to get it to say the word “bird,” repeat it to the parrot a few times when you walk by the cage. Make sure to emphasize the consonants of the word to help your bird learn the word.

Speak with the same inflection each time you address your parrot. When you’re repeating the word to your parrot, make sure you’re saying with the same inflection each time, the way you want your parrot to repeat it. This will help your parrot grasp the word better – they mimic tone as much as other aspects of the word. [6]
Try a higher pitch if your parrot is having trouble. Parrots seem to like higher pitches better, probably because their range is higher than yours. If your bird isn’t quite getting a word, try changing your pitch to a higher one, and it may help.[7]

Tell your parrot it’s doing a good job. Like most animals, parrots like to be told “Good job!” or “Good bird!” Say it in a happy and encouraging tone when you hear it attempt to say one of the words you’re repeating to it over and over. You could also try “Good boy!” or “Good girl!”

Give your parrot time to learn the word. Parrots are good mimickers, but it may take yours a while to learn the words you want. You have to be patient and keep working with your bird a little each day to help it learn new words! Also, stay focused on 1-2 words at a time. Wait until your parrot learns one before moving on to a new one.[8]

EditTeaching Words for Treats
Say the word for the treat each time you give it to your bird. Whatever the treat is, repeat its name a few times as you hand the treat over. So if the word is “banana,” say “Banana! Banana! Banana!” Then, hand the bird a piece of banana.[9]
Do this for every kind of treat or food you give it. If you’re feeding it a strawberry, say “Strawberry! Strawberry! Strawberry!”

Wait until the parrot looks at you the next time you give it a treat. As you reinforce the word, try to wait for your bird to respond. Hold out the treat and say the word. However, don’t give it to the bird yet. When the parrot looks at you after you say the word, give it the treat.[10]
This helps connect the treat to the word for the parrot.

Give your parrot a chance to try the word. After your parrot is consistently looking at you when you say the word, wait until the parrot attempts to say it on its own before you give it a treat. Hold the treat out and say the name of the fruit. If the parrot makes an approximation of the word, give it the treat.[11]
You may need to repeat it a few times to get the parrot to try it.

Work on pronunciation by waiting for longer periods. Now that the bird is trying to say the word, encourage it to say it more distinctly. Repeat the word while you hold out the treat, but wait until the bird gets closer to the correct pronunciation before offering it the fruit.[12]

Use treats to teach other words. Use the same technique for teaching names of objects that you did with treats. Hold it up and say the word, such as “Ball!” When the bird looks at you while you say ball, offer it a little treat. Soon, the bird will likely start to mimic you, and you can offer treats for that.[13]
Parrots, like most animals, are food-motivated, so you can offer treats to help learn other words, too. Teach the parrot the word for the treat first, then try using it to help learn other words, particularly for objects.

EditEncouraging Longer Phrases and Songs
Build on words your parrot already knows by stringing them together. Your parrot can put phrases together, but it helps if it’s already got parts of it down. Repeat the words or phrases you want your parrot to say, but now, always say them together so your parrot figures out what you want it to do.[14]
For instance, maybe you’ve taught your parrot, “Hello!” and “How are you?” If you treated “How are you?” as one quick word (“HowAREyou?”), then simply putting them together shouldn’t be too hard: “Hello! How are you?”

Sing your phrases the same way every time you repeat them to the parrot. Try starting with a simple song to encourage your parrot to say longer phrases. Use the same pitch and speed each time to make it easier for your parrot to hear what you’re trying to get it to repeat.[15]
Just like saying words with the same inflection encourages your parrot to pick up words, so does singing words and phrases.

Add extra words on slowly. While your parrot can learn phrases, it’s going to take time. Be patient, and only add 1-2 words at a time. That way, your parrot won’t get overwhelmed trying to learn longer phrases or even songs.[16]

Use your voice to praise your parrot when it does well. As it picks up on words and phrases, be sure to offer praise to your parrot. You can say “Good job, Polly!” or “Good girl!” As long as you use a happy and engaging tone, your parrot is likely to get the idea.

EditTips
Keep your training sessions short. You don’t need to spend more than 5 minutes at a time several times a day.

EditWarnings
Be careful what you say around your parrot! It’s likely to pick up something you may not want to be repeated when company is over.

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