Sunday, May 15, 2011
Strawberry picking & recipe roundup
This past week we went to a local farm, The Fruit & Berry Patch, to pick this seasons first harvest: strawberries! I've been craving strawberries lately so on a nice day with great weather it seemed like the perfect thing to do. The farm was littered with little red berries all over and it was so hard not to just sit there and eat them.
We left with almost 52 lbs of strawberries! Here is what I made with some of our bounty this year:
Old Fashioned Strawberry Jam and canned Strawberry Rhubarb Pie Filling via Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving:
Strawberry fruit roll ups via Jam It, Pickle It, Cure It: And Other Cooking Projects:
Strawberry Icebox Pie via Martha Stewart's New Pies and Tarts: 150 Recipes for Old-Fashioned and Modern Favorites:
I also have a batch of strawberry vinegar aging in the basement that should be ready in about four weeks to can. I made this two years and it has become a household favorite. All I do is mix some of the vinegar with sour cream and ta-da, instant strawberry salad dressing! I dried about three cups of strawberries for future use in granola as well. With the rest I just froze them for use in smoothies, more jam, and popsicles. Even our chickens enjoyed some strawberries:
If you'd like to find a place in your area to pick strawberries from, check out Pick Your Own. It's our go to for finding local pick-your-own farms. I can't wait to go back for the next season of fruit, perhaps blueberries, raspberries or peaches.