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Peak growing season for strawberries is April through June, so the strawberries in your grocery store should soon look especially appealing to eat (not to mention more appealing in price too!). As you try to decide how you want to take advantage of this sweet, delicious fruit, look to expand your repertoire with some fun new recipes:

1. Strawberry Smoothie – Throw some greek yogurt, fresh strawberries, peanut butter, and honey into your blender for a treat that’s easy on the taste buds and the waistline.Strawberry smoothie

2. Chocolate Dipped Strawberries – This old classic is great for any occasion, whether it is a family barbeque, a dinner party, or a romantic date night. Try using white chocolate and changing the color to match the occasion.

3. Strawberry Spinach Salad – Toss with spinach, chicken, candied almonds, red onions, and mandarin oranges for a fresh side dish or simple meal.

4. Homemade Strawberry Ice Cream/Frozen Yogurt – You’ve been dying to get your homemade ice cream maker out since you put it away in the fall. Break it out and make a strawberry creation first.

5. Strawberry Bruschetta – Spread goat cheese on grilled bread and top with sliced strawberries. Add some mint or basil leaves.

6. Strawberry Pancakes – Prepare the batter like normal and then after you pour the batter on the pan, add slices of strawberries to be cooked into the pancake.

7. Strawberry Guacamole – Mash together some avocado, strawberries, mint, and lime juice for a tasty variation on the classic. Eat with tortilla chips!

8. Strawberry Applesauce – Warm strawberries and then mash them into applesauce. Eat alone or serve on top of baked chicken or pork tenderloins.

Close up of strawberry applesauce in a white bowl

9. Peanut Butter and Strawberry Toast – A fresh take on the traditional PB&J. Toast your bread to your heart’s delight and then spread it with peanut butter and add sliced strawberries.

10. Strawberry and White Chocolate Cheesecake – After preparing your cheesecake, add a white chocolate spread and top with strawberries for an added kick.

11. No-Bake Strawberry Icebox Cake – This easy, tasty treat is simply made with layers of strawberries, whipped cream, and graham crackers. Leave in your refrigerator overnight and voila! Top with more strawberries and drizzle with chocolate sauce.

12. Strawberry-Yogurt Popsicles – Mix sliced or mashed strawberries with your favorite yogurt and pour into popsicle molds. Leave in freezer until solid and then enjoy!

13. Strawberry Syrup –  Pour over breakfast foods or even use as an ice cream topping.

14. Sugar Strawberries – Toss in sugar and let them sit for at least a half an hour – add to anything to make it even sweeter.

15. Oatmeal or Cereal – Don’t forget strawberries are great additions to your morning oatmeal or breakfast cereal. Slice them up and simply mix in.

16. Fruit Salsa – Use strawberries as a base and add more fruits and sugar. Make cinnamon sugar chips to use as the vehicle to get this delicious treat to your mouth.

17. Fruit Pizza – Begin with a sugar cookie base and add whipped cream and yummy strawberries on top, along with blueberries, kiwi, or other fruit.

Homemade Natural Fruit Pizza with Frosting and Berries

Homemade Natural Fruit Pizza with Frosting and Berries

18. Strawberry Scone – Take your usual cranberry or blueberry scone recipe and substitute in strawberries instead.

19. Strawberry Sweet Rice – Combine chilled rice, heavy cream, strawberries, sugar, and salt. Yum!

20. Strawberry Water – If you are looking to increase your water intake, try adding some sliced strawberries and mint to your water bottle! Soak overnight for even more flavor.

21. Strawberry Parfait – Create layers of berries and either whipped cream, yogurt or a ricotta mix for a great treat or breakfast item.

22. Strawberry-Avocado Salsa – This more savory salsa goes great on chicken, fish or pork tenderloins.

23. Strawberry, Pistachio, and Goat Cheese Pizza  – Top your favorite pizza crust with olive oil, lemon juice, strawberries, pistachios, and goat cheese.

24. Grilled PB and Banana Split Sandwich – On your favorite bread, slather some peanut butter, honey, semisweet chocolate chips, sliced strawberries, banana slices, and pineapple jam. Then grill away!

25. Strawberry Limeade – For a refreshing drink, mix sliced strawberries, fresh mint leaves, lime juice, agave nectar, and sparkling water.

As you make your tasty strawberry treats this season, keep in mind age appropriate foods for those you are cooking for. For example, as mentioned here, though strawberries are delicious and nutritious, their acidic levels can be detrimental to little teeth, so be sure to feed your child strawberries with other foods to dilute this effect.

 

Have fun with your new strawberry creations! Bon appetit!

Guest post by author Alyssa Craig.

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Our garden has produced an abundance of strawberries this year. The plants are just about finished producing and I have bags in the freezer and have also made one batch of Strawberry Fig Jam. I decided to make some strawberry syrup with the remaining berries. This syrup is perfect drizzled over plain yogurt or served with pound cake, a little bit of summertime to enjoy in the winter.

Whole Strawberries in Vanilla Syrup

1 ½ pounds of strawberries
3 ½ cups sugar
1 vanilla bean, split and scraped
¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

Wash the strawberries and remove the stems and leaves.

Remove stems and leaves from strawberries.

Remove stems and leaves from strawberries.

Place the berries in a medium bowl and cover with the sugar. Add the vanilla bean seeds and the bean and stir gently to combine. Cover the bowl and refrigerate for 2-3 hours.

When the time is up pour the strawberries, vanilla bean juices and any remaining sugar into a shallow, wide pan. Add the lemon juice and slowly bring to a boil. Cook the strawberries at a boil for 10-12 minutes, until they go a bit translucent and the syrup is thick.

Cook until the syrup is thick.

Cook until the syrup is thick.

Pour the berries and syrup into a shallow bowl, cool and refrigerate, uncovered for a day.

Let sit in your refrigerator for a day.

Let sit in your refrigerator for a day.

When you are ready to can follow the directions to prepare your water bath canner and jars for processing. Scape the strawberry mixture into a medium pan and heat just to a simmer.

Let simmer for 10 minutes.

Heat just to a simmer.

Ladle the berries into the jars and cover with the syrup. Leave 1/2 inch headspace.

Ladle into clean, hot jars.

Ladle into clean, hot jars.

Wipe the rims; apply the lids and rings and process in your boiling water bath canner for 10 minutes. Remove the jars, let cool and store in your pantry.

Whole Strawberries in Vanilla Syrup

Whole Strawberries in Vanilla Syrup

I have to say this syrup is excellent on Lemon Sorbet.IMG_0236

 

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I still have strawberries coming in from my garden.

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Strawberries

As much as I enjoy strawberry jam I only want to have so many jars in the pantry for consumption and gifts!

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Strawberry Jam

We’ve been enjoying the strawberries for dessert and for breakfast and I still have some left. What to do? I decided to freeze a few bags. How wonderful it is to enjoy the fresh taste of strawberries in the middle of winter. One of my mother’s famous desserts is a homemade pound cake with strawberries!

Berries are so easy to freeze.  Wash, core,  and slice, cut in half or freeze whole.

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Coring strawberries

Sweeten to taste with honey or a little sugar. To freeze sweetened strawberries first slice the berries into a bowl, then toss gently with honey syrup or sugar and pack into your freezer container or bag.

To freeze whole strawberries, simply place them on a baking sheet and freeze until hard. This was the method I decided to use.

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Place berries on a cookie sheet.

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Frozen strawberries.

Then transfer the berries to freezer bags.

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Sealing strawberries with a FoodSaver.

Once my strawberries were frozen solid I used my food sealer to keep them as fresh as possible.

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Ready for the freezer!

If I didn’t have 12 meat birds coming in a few weeks to fill my freezer I think I would freeze more strawberries!

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Every year our fields are full of wild strawberries.

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Wild Field Strawberries

They are tiny but full of flavor.

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Tiny Strawberries

However it takes a lot of time to pick a cup or two, which is generally what you need to make muffins. Our pug, Purtie, used to spend hours grazing eating every little strawberry she could find.

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Purtie, our beloved pug.

We sure miss her but we are able to find a lot more strawberries this year.  My husband was sweet enough to spend some time and picked me a full cup of strawberries.

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Cup of prepared berries

In exchange I made him a batch of his favorite muffins. I’m sure they would be wonderful with blueberries or regular strawberries but we just love them made with the wild strawberries.

Wild Strawberry Spice Muffins

1 ¾ cup flour
½ cup sugar
2 ½ tsp baking powder
¾ tsp cinnamon
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp ground nutmeg
1 egg, lightly beaten
¾ cup milk
1/3 cup butter
1 cup wild strawberries

Topping (optional)

1 Tbsp sugar
¼ tsp cinnamon

In a bowl, combine all the dry ingredients. Combine the egg and milk. Add the egg mixture and butter to the dry ingredients; stir just until moistened. Fold in the strawberries.

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Gently fold in strawberries

Fill greased or paper lined muffin cups two-thirds full.

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Muffin tin filled two-thirds full.

Combine the topping ingredients and sprinkle over the batter. Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes. Cool for five minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack. Makes 1 dozen.

Enjoy!

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Wild Strawberry Spice Muffin

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