Got 10 Pounds of Strawberries? Rejoice: 10 Ways to Enjoy Them

When you get creative, you can find all kinds of ways to prepare and eat strawberries
photo: Fastily
You needed an outing with the kids last Saturday and decided that a bit of fresh air was in order. You packed up the car, drove to the nearest organic farm and gingerly walked the rows of fresh strawberries. The kids eagerly picked the red berries and sampled as many as they could when the farm workers turned their heads.

All the while you mused about how smart you were to get your children out into the country to see how fruit is really grown. You watched them as only a parent can do, in awe at how beautiful and happy they are. Your heart melted when they laughed. And at that precise moment, in a haze, you determined that you could surely pick just one more flat of berries.

Now you are home. You have strawberry stained clothing to contend with. Worse than that, though, you have 10 pounds of strawberries.

What were you thinking?

Here's the good news: strawberries are low in fat, cholesterol, and sodium. They are high in fiber and vitamin C. They contain calcium, magnesium, folate, potassium and may help prevent you from developing some diseases.

So cheer up.

Here are some ideas for enjoying your delicious, nutritious berries:

  1. Add them to your salad. Get some baby arugula. Add feta cheese, chopped nuts, craisins, and chopped strawberries. Toss with Brianna's Blush Wine Vinaigrette
  2. Make some healthy yet yummy strawberry muffins. I like the Stonyfield Farms recipe. Just make sure that you double the amount of strawberries it calls for. They are much tastier that way
  3. Toss with balsamic vinaigrette, sugar, and chopped basil. Serve as a dessert
  4. Make smoothies: add them to a blender with yogurt, orange juice, banana, and ground flax seed
  5. Add them to your pancake batter
  6. Use them as a topping: heap on yogurt, ice cream, pound cake, cereal, french toast
  7. Here's a novel idea: eat them plain. If you've just picked them, they are bound to be absolutely delicious. Enjoy as a snack or dessert
  8. Saute with olive oil and a dash of sugar. Eat them warm
  9. Make a strawberry rhubarb pie. I love this recipe from the Food Network, but I would recommend putting in half as much sugar. It's a bit too sweet otherwise
  10. BBQ them on skewers with bananas and peaches. Chop fruit into pieces. Put fruit in a ziploc bag and drizzle with olive oil. Shake bag until coated. Cook on the grill. Drizzle with dark chocolate sauce
And if all else fails, freeze them. Here's how:
  1. Wash and drain.
  2. Line them on a cookie tray and put in the freezer for 24 hours
  3. Once thoroughly frozen, put in plastic baggies
  4. Strawberries will be good for 2 months
  5. In 2 months, revisit the above list
Enjoy the strawberry season. And get those berries eaten before blueberry picking commences.

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