Being the most cultivated berry with 600 different varieties grown in America, strawberry season is often anticipated by many. From April to July, eager berry pickers flock to the fields for the best selection of strawberries they can get their hands on. From straight out of the basket to being baked into desserts, they can be eaten in several delicious ways. Full of Antioxidants and Vitamin C, here’s how you can choose, store, freeze, cut and eat your freshly picked strawberries to get the most out of this season.
When it comes to picking the perfect batch of berries, make sure to watch out for the following characteristics.
To start things off, keep in mind that you should never wash or cut your fresh strawberries until you are ready to use them. To store your them in the meantime, the best way is to spread them out into a single layer across a sheet of paper towel, but this is not always the easiest. Another perfectly fine method would be to store them in a well-sealed container for up to four days.
When it comes time to bring your baskets full of berries home, sometimes it can be impossible to find a reason to use them all right away. One of the best ways to deal with this, and to ensure you have strawberries for future recipes, is to store some in your freezer.
To do so, remove the green caps from each berry and spread them out into a single layer on a baking sheet and lay them flat in your freezer. While this may seem to take up a lot of space for a very small amount of berries, they can easily be transferred into a re-sealable bag as soon as they are frozen solid.
The perfect blend of strawberries and cream, with a sweet maple syrup twist!
Why not take this fun dinner dish and turn it into a deliciously fresh breakfast?
Because homemade always tastes better!
Not only is this buttermilk donut heavenly, its strawberry glaze is to die for!
Perfect for making your own trail mix or a great healthy snack for whenever the occasion calls.
Not only the perfect balance between sweet and spicy, but a unique sauce everyone should try!
Freshen up any salad with this delicious strawberry dressing.
Take this twist on a classic tamale and fill it with freshly picked strawberries and sweet syrup!
Nothing pairs with strawberry salmon better than this homemade feta vinaigrette.
Try this unique balance of sweet, sour and spicy with this perfect lemonade variation.
Nothing beats a hot day than a fresh glass of frozen strawberry lemonade!
This buttermilk sherbet just wouldn’t be complete without the roasted strawberries to complete it!
Leave the boring strawberry shortcake in your recipe book this season and try something outside of the box!
Because who can resist chocolate dipped strawberries or cheesecake?
Try giving one of the baking world’s newest trends a scrumptious strawberry twist!
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