Sunday, June 10, 2012
Get your strawberries before they are finished for the year; they started two weeks early. This is one of your big chances to get some fruit in storage for the winter, because the cherry and apple crops really suffered this spring.
I already have my strawberry stash in the freezer and pantry. Last year’s Foodbeet strawberry post includes instructions for freezing and dehydrating them. In addition to the triple strawberry cake that I recently wrote about, I have been making lots of other foods with strawberries. Below are several ideas and recipes for strawberries.
Make freezer jam - This is SO easy; there are directions on the pectin package.
Strawberry soup - Again, very easy.
Tea: Place a handful of dried strawberry leaves and dried strawberries in a mug of hot water and steep until the tea is dark and flavorful. Use the reconstituted strawberry pieces in a salad or other dish.
Strawberry Smoothie: Combine ½ cup Thomas low-fat strawberry yogurt and 1 cup packed strawberries in the blender. Thicken with protein powder or tofu if desired. Chill for about an hour for the best flavor.
Strawberry-Chia Seed Pudding: No cooking with this pudding! For one serving, blend 1 cup packed strawberries and 1/8 cup of water until liquid. Add 1 Tablespoon of chia seeds and pulse until combined. Add sweetener if you desire. Refrigerate at least an hour before serving (it will thicken).
Serve them with ice cream, so simple.
Make parfaits: The parfait pictured on the left below is layered with tapioca pudding, chocolate pudding, and strawberries. It would be a good dessert parfait. The one on the right is layered with vanilla yogurt, granola, and strawberries. It would be great for breakfast.
Add them to muffins.
Just eat them out of the container until you cannot eat another. That is my goal this week.
Strawberry-Chia Seed Pudding
Strawberries with Michigan Ice Cream