Strawberries in Season | Tips to Make the Most of Them

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Have you noticed?  There are a bunch of deals on strawberries.  Finding those money saving deals most likely means they are in season and therefore the perfect time to enjoy them.

Even with deals, you still want to make the most of the produce you pick up.  Here are some great tips on picking, processing and storing your strawberries.  There’s even a great recipe so you don’t waste a bit of the strawberry.

Not only is the strawberry delicious, but they are good for you too.  Ounce for ounce they have more vitamin C then an orange.  They are also packed with fiber and folate.  The most nutritious way to serve your strawberries is fresh and ripe to preserve the Vitamin C

Tips to Pick the Best Strawberry

  • Use your nose – the berries that smell the best will have the best flavor
  • Pick Bright Berries – Look for deep Bright Red berries that are evenly colored.  The caps should also be nice and green.  If the berries are pale it means they are immature and if they have dark red wet spots it means they are overripe.  Stay away from brown capped berries because they are aged.
  • Go Small for Flavor – Generally speaking smaller berries have more flavor then larger strawberries
  • Check the bottom of the basket – Flip the container upside down to see if there are any squished or moldy berries

Storing Strawberries

Refrigerate unwashed strawberries with their CAPS ON.  To make them last even longer, layer between paper towels.  Best to use within 3 to 4 days.

If you remove the cap, it releases an enzyme that will destroy the Vitamin C in your berries.

Freezing Strawberries

If you don’t plan on using your berries within 3 to 4 days, you should freeze them.  Don’t wash them before freezing.  Just lay them in an even layer on a baking sheet and freeze until solid.  You can store them in a zipper freezer bag for up to 3 months.

Preparing your Strawberries

  1. Rinse your WHOLE berries under cool running water.   If you remove the cap or slice the berries, water soaks in to the fruit and dilutes the flavor.
  2. Don’t slice the berries until you are ready to use them.  Cutting them early reduces their nutritional benefits by breaking down the berries.  It also can lead to discoloration.
  3. To Hull a berry – slice off the stem end and pluck out the stem and green cleans with a huller.  Don’t have a huller – a straw or end of a vegetable peeler works great.
    a. Using a Straw – Push a sturdy straw through the fruit from the bottom to the stem end. The hull will pop right out.
    b. Vegetable Peeler technique – using the pointed or back end of a vegetable peeler, dig out the hull.

Don’t Toss the Strawberry Trimmings Recipe

Here’s a recipe that makes the most of your strawberry.  Instead of just discarding the stems and hulls you can make a great Strawberry Sauce.

Strawberry Trimmings Sauce
 
Don't discard the trimmings of your strawberry. Make a great sauce that can be used for a dessert, bread spread or poultry glaze
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Recipe type: Sauce
Ingredients
  • 2 Cups Stems, Tops and Hulls from Washed and trimmed Strawberries
  • ¾ cup honey
  • Juice of ½ Lemon
  • 2 TBSP Orange Liqueur or Orange extract
  • Pinch of salt
Instructions
  1. Heat mixture to boiling
  2. Reduce to medium-low and simmer 10 minutes
  3. Skim of any impurities that come to the surface
  4. Strain the sauce
  5. Chill in refrigerator

So stock up on strawberries while in season and use these great tips to make the most of the money you spent.

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