It’s May and strawberries can be found in your grocers and at the local farmers’ market. They’re plentiful, colorful and quite tasty, especially when purchased from a local farmer. I bought strawberries at the NC Farmers’ Market the past three weekends. And if you’re like me, you’re asking yourself “what do I do with all of these berries?” Here are 15 ways to get your creative juices flowing.
- Make jam. You can find video tutorials and directions on how to can strawberries among other fruits and veggies at Ball’s Fresh Preserving.
- Serve them over yogurt, cereal or granola or all three. This is almost a daily occurrence for us for any fruit we have in the kitchen.
- Make a pie, cake or tart.
- Freeze them for future use. The farmer lady recommends you place them in a single layer on a cookie sheet, unwashed. Place the cookie sheet in the freezer for an hour or two. Remove and place frozen strawberries in freezer safe containers or bags. Just be sure you rinse/thaw before using them.
- Juice them.
- Add them to a fruit cup with mangoes, pineapple, grapes and oranges.
- Wash, remove the stems and eat them all one by one. I ate quite a few strawberries this way while cleaning the ones I used for jam.
- Dip them in chocolate or hazelnut spread or both.
- Add them to pancake batter.
- Make a smoothie.
- Serve them over a spinach salad.
- Make muffins. These gluten-free strawberry banana muffins by Gluten-free Goddess Recipes look tasty.
- Treat yourself to strawberry shortcake.
- Make a trifle with sponge/angel food cake broken up into chunks, vanilla pudding, whip cream, and kiwis (my absolute favorite birthday dessert since I can remember).
- Pile them on top of ice cream.
What favorite dishes do you create with strawberries?