For 1 gallon of strawberries:
Add 3 tablespoons water to a wide saucepan, then strawberries and 1/2 cup sugar on top.
Over a moderately hot stove, bring the pot to a boil, gently stirring to combine ingredients and soften the berries.
As they cook, the berries will release a lot of liquid and it may seem as they have disappeared!
Turn the heat down to a low simmer and continue to reduce by about 25% until a syrup has formed and there is a "stewed" consistency, around 40-60 minutes.
Do not overstir at any point but to check that the mixture is not sticking to the bottom of the saucepan.
Allow to cool to room temperature before sealing in a container to store in the refrigerator for up to 10 days.
Serve with ice cream, pound cake, bagels, or biscuits!