5/4/14

Strawberries: Buying, Storing & Baking Tips


June & July are the best season for strawberries. We go to a local pick your own farm every year to pick ours, but even if you are at the grocery store,or farmers market, here are some tips  for getting the most for your money. Tips came from my local papers's food section.



1) Choosing The Perfect Berries: 

  •  When picking or buying, look for :
  •  bright red berries
  •  Berries that are firm and ripe, and not wrinkled or bruised
  • Avoid mushy or ones are in containers that look wet
  • Try to get them with the hulls(the green leafy tops) still attached



Jan's Tip: Did you know that size makes no difference when it comes to sweetness? 

2) Storing Properly: 

  •  In the Refrigerator: Do not wash them until you area ready to use them or eat them, strawberries do not do well wet, and spoil more quickly .
  • Store them loosely covered and dry in the refrigerator.
  • To Freeze: Gently wash and pat dry the berries. Remove the hulls and flash freeze them on cookie sheets in a single layer unitl the berries are individually frozen. Then transfer the frozen berries to a freezer bag or container. Strawberries can be frozen for up to a year, however thawed berries will be soft.


3 Baking Tips:
  • Ok so I know I just told you to pick the reddest berries at the store, but when baking a cake, bread or muffins, do not go for the reddest, ripest berries! 
  • Choose the slightly under ripe ones. Since strawberries are mostly water and the darker the berry the higher the water content, the ripe red ones will lead to soggy breads. 


4) Useful Measurement Tips:
when baking or cooking with Strawberries:




  • 1 cup whole strawberries= 1/2 cup puree
  • 1 pint whole strawberries = 1 1/2 -2 cups sliced
  • 1 pound (2 pints) whole strawberries = 3 cups sliced, 3 3/4 cup mashed or 2 cups purreed

2 comments:

  1. wonderful tips:
    I do as you suggest when it comes to the freezing part and buy when on sale and then I use then when time permits I make up some canned strawberry jam or freezer jam.
    I freeze other berries the same way by flash freezing them
    Enjoy your day and have a wonderful evening

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  2. I can't wait for next month to come when we can pick the fresh strawberries in the Northeast. You have some great hints here.
    Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop! I hope you’ll join us again next week!

    Cheers,
    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick
    http://www.The-Chicken-Chick.com

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