Strawberries are one of our favorite fruits of the Spring season. Fresh from the farm strawberries are much tastier than store bought ones. We usually buy several quarts to use throughout the winter. You can save some money by buying strawberries in bulk and freezing them for later use. Locally, if I buy at least 2 flats of berries I can get them for around $3.25 a quart. Another option is to find a pick-your-own farm where you can get them even cheaper. One local farm near us offers a pick-your-own discount by the quart so the more you buy the more you save per quart.
Here are some of our favorite uses for strawberries:
Smoothies or Shakes – some yogurt and honey, a splash of vanilla, a little milk and fresh or frozen strawberries is a prefect treat on a hot summer day. I tend not to measure my ingredients, I'm a dump and taste kinda smoothie maker. But if you're looking for actual recipe I like this book and this one.
Frozen Treat for kids – Slice and freeze berries for a easy treat for kids. Just grab and go.
Salad – If you've never tried strawberries, or other fruit in a salad you don't know what you're missing. Add toss in some pecans too! My favorite salad recipe can be found here on page 112.
Chocolate covered – need I say more. Check out this amazing chocolate covered strawberry tart.
Ice Cream – add some fresh strawberries to your homemade ice cream in the last minutes of processing. Here's a yummy chocolate strawberry ice cream.
Ice Cream Topping – We smash and bag several quarts of berries each year to top our ice cream and yogurt sundaes. Depending on how sweet the berries are sometimes I add a touch of sweetener before bagging them. Then, free them and thaw when ready to use.
French Toast topping – The same frozen smashed berries we use for ice cream make a great topping for homemade french toast. They're great for pancakes too!
Strawberry Jam/Jelly – Freezer jam is one of our favorite uses for strawberries. My husband uses it all the time, and in a pinch it will work as an ice cream topping (yes, we've tried it). I have always used traditional recipe with white sugar and last year I was hesitant to try sucanant. I came across this “real foodified”recipe from Our Nourishing Roots and this one from Authentic Simplicity that I am going to try out when my berries come next month.
Shortcakes & Biscuits – A warm short cake, cold milk and fresh strawberries make a great breakfast lunch or even dinner.
Strawberry Syrup – Here's an easy recipe for strawberry syrup.
Here's another idea that was too cute not to share. Berry Flower Straws for serving with your favorite summer drink!