Foodie Vocab #22 – Macerate

Strawberry Shortcake 

Every week at Chew on That, we test your foodie vocabulary by quizzing you on a new foodie word and supply delicious recipes to match!

This week’s word is: Macerate (verb). Pronounced: \mas-uh-reyt\

Please choose the most appropriate definition for Macerate:

a) Another term for chewing your food, digesting and swallowing it.
b) A device or method for removing the skin from chicken or other poultry.
c) Adding liquid or flavoring to fruit, often seen as a direction for adding liqor or sweetener to berries.
d) The process of soaking foods in a seasoned, often acidic, liquid before cooking.

If you chose c) adding liquid or flavoring to fruit, often seen as a direction for adding liqor or sweetener to berries, then you are correct!

A close relative of marinating, macerating is adding liquid or flavoring to fruit to break it down into a softer consistency. You often see it as a direction for adding a liquor or sweetener to berries.

Sugar can also be used to break down the fibrous nature of fruit and is most commonly used in Strawberry Shortcake. This is a great way to take seasonal berries and make them last longer as the liquid helps preserve the fruits as well.

Just this last weekend while shopping for Easter, Strawberries were on sale so I decided to use a whole batch of them for our  Quick & Easy Strawberry Shortcake. Once you’ve made it up you can serve it on either short cake, pound cake or a plain sheet cake. I used angel food cake as it has a lighter flavor that doesn’t overwhelm the strawberries.


2 qt. fresh strawberries
1/2 C. sugar
2 C. heavy cream
1 Tbs. confectioners sugar
1/2 C. kirsch or other liqueur
short cake, pound cake or plain sheet cake


Wash and hull berries. Drain. Add sugar to berries and toss well. Whip cream with confectioners sugar until stiff peaks form.

Slowly add kirsch. Put berries on top of prepared cake. Top with whipped cream and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Mascerated berries make a great dessert that looks elegant and tastes great. If you liked this recipe then check out others just like this. 

Shortcake Biscuits with Berries
Strawberries Romanoff

Berries in Wine Gateau

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