Strawberry season is fast approaching. With the hot spell we’ve had in Southern Ontario we might be just lucky enough to see those beautiful red berries making an appearance on vines and at farmer’s markets sooner than we thought.
When strawberries start to appear, they have a short shelf life. You have to move quick otherwise these berries will start to go soft and over-ripen. I’ve put together a number of quick and easy recipes and ideas of how you can use up these luscious, delicious berries quickly!
- Sprinkle with a good quality balsamic vinegar and eat as a light dessert
- Layer sliced berries and vanilla yogurt and top with your favourite granola for a breakfast parfait
- Toss strawberries into your lunch salad. Throw in some almonds and chicken for a delicious and easy meal
- Sprinkle chopped berries with a few tablespoons of sugar and let macerate in the fridge for an hour or two or over night, when possible.
- Make (or purchase) an angel food cake. Slice the cake into large layers. Mix Cool Whip (or other whipped topping brand) with strawberries and layer between angel food cake slices
- Top your Sunday morning breakfast with fresh strawberries and maple syrup
- Puree strawberries, 1/2 cup of yogurt, 1 cup milk or cold water together for a quick smoothie
- Bake up a quick muffin recipe and instead of using blueberries,use the same amount of diced strawberries
- Top vanilla ice cream with fresh sliced strawberries
- When all else fails, freeze them
Strawberries are one of the flavours that so clearly signal summer has arrived. The bright red berries typically make an appearance at farmer’s markets in mid-June. When and where possible, buy fresh and local. Look for firm, red berries with no blemishes or soft spots. Check the bottom of containers where possible, for mold. Always ask where the strawberries are from if it’s not obvious. California and Florida are popular spots to import from regardless of the time of year.
And if at all possible, pick your own! It’s a great activity to do with your significant other and bring kids along. The kids will likely eat more than they pick for the bucket. But it’s a great afternoon to get the whole family involved in and you get to participate in the harvesting. Remember to bring cash, most PYO’s won’t have debit or credit abilities.
And most importantly, enjoy the delicious start to summer!