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« on: June 25, 2004 08:00:06 PM »

I spent a few hours this morning picking berries, and now I've got a fridgeful that I need to DO something with. We'll eat some tomorrow, along with my lemon cake (that's a whole other post), but we'll not get through all of them...

When I was a kid, we'd get a little bowl of sour cream and a little bowl of brown sugar, and dip the strawberries first in the sour cream and then the sugar --- great combination of flavours!

I like putting sliced strawberries in salads, fir a summery taste.

And I love making homemade jam, but I don't have anough jars around at the moment, and the store was sold out.

So... Ideas? What do you do with your berries?
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« Reply #1 on: June 26, 2004 10:57:34 AM »

Sprinkle some sugar over the strawberries and then pour some cream over top...or dehydrate them...

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« Reply #2 on: June 28, 2004 11:17:01 AM »

My fruit dip goes GREAT with strawberries!  One package of cream cheese (16 oz.) and one BIG jar of marshmallow cream, stirred until smooth.  I could eat a bushel of strawberries that way!

The strawberries here have been delicious and HUGE this year.  At my cousin's baby shower, there were strawberries on a fruit tray that were as big as lemons.  And they were very, very sweet.
« Reply #3 on: June 28, 2004 06:50:10 PM »

Ridiculously easy but really yummy...

Slice strawberries into quarters/halves (whichever you prefer). Mix thickened cream with white/caster sugar, lemon juice and some lemon rind. Layer the cream mixture with the strawberries in a glass.

(sorry I don't have exact measurements. I usually just make it freehand -tasting the cream and adjusting til I get it right!)

It's a really nice, light dessert that everyone enjoys.

Another option is to make a strawberry sauce -this is also really easy and versatile. For breakfast, serve with waffles or pancakes. Or for dessert, spoon over ice cream, frozen yogurt or pound cake.

1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup water
1 tablespoon lemon juice
3 tablespoons butter or margarine
1 pint basket California strawberries, halved

In medium skillet mix sugar, water and lemon juice. Stir over medium heat until sugar is dissolved and mixture comes just to boil. Add butter; stir until melted. Mix in strawberries; heat through, but do not cook.

Oh I love strawberries and am incredibly jealous that you have a problem of what to do with so many of them  Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: June 30, 2004 03:00:54 PM »

we have a strawberry festival where i grew up every year and they sell them with sour cream and brown sugar, sound weird but its to de-licious unless your allergic like i have become. Sad
« Reply #5 on: June 30, 2004 03:20:09 PM »

my fave way to eat strawberries is still strawberry shortcake! YUM
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« Reply #6 on: June 30, 2004 03:48:25 PM »

I agree with WannaBeSupercrafty.   STRAWBERRY SHORT CAKE

Simple bisquick biscuts, home made cinnomon whipped cream & LOTS of juicy chilled berrys with just a sprinkle of sugar.


« Reply #7 on: July 01, 2004 07:14:44 AM »

Have a frozen drink party -- you can get through a lot of strawberries if you're making daiquiris and margaritas for a bunch of friends.  Or chilled strawberry soup (really.  it's very nice on hot days).  Or make strawberry ice cream and strawberry sauce.

For the sauce (from yesterday's NYTimes):

Combine 2 lbs strawberries, 1/2 to 3/4 cup granulated sugar (depends on sweetness of berries), 2 tsp cornstarch, pinch of salt and the juice of half a lemon in a saucepan over medium low heat.  Stir gently until berries are soft and the sugar has dissolved.  Remove from heat and let cool.  Makes 3 cups.

I seem to recall Nigella Lawson has an easy freezer-ice cream recipe that doesn't require a machine, but I don't have Forever Summer.  Can anyone help?

If you really have loads and loads, freeze what you can't use now for later.
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« Reply #8 on: July 08, 2004 10:27:36 AM »

I like to cut them in quarters and freeze them in ziploc baggies.  Then also cut up bananas and freeze them.  Then I throw some berries, some bananas, maybe some frozen fruit from the grocery store, and maybe 1/4-1/2 cup of OJ in the blender for yummy smoothies.
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« Reply #9 on: July 08, 2004 05:01:53 PM »

I like using them in savory sort of ways...They're really good in a green salad w/ feta cheese, walnuts, and a light vinaigrette of olive oil, lemon juice, pinch of sugar.  Also, a classic Italian dessert type thing is strawberries and balsamic vinegar.  A splash of vinegar, maybe a tiny pinch of sugar, and a little fresh ground black pepper.  Sounds odd-ish, but it's really tasty on it's own, w/ vanilla ice cream, or in strawberry shortcake.
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