What do you do with your Fresh Strawberries ?
I have 1/2 a flat -fresh from Plant City and they are making me nervous. I rinse the dirt, hull and eat as-is, but there are so many........ Shortcake is boring-what simple things do you do with your fresh berries?
i posted this recently in a salad thread, it's really delicious. i found champagne vinegar at my local whole foods.
mix some bagged mixed greens, sliced strawberries, fresh grated parm or other good hard cheese, pine nuts, minced shallots & couple pinches fleur de sel (or sea salt or kosher salt if you don't have FdS) together
toss with some olive oil
retoss with some champagne vinegar
the champagne vinegar is lovely with the strawberries. depending on how sweet the strawberries are you can also reduce the vinegar a little (sweeter=reduced, nice contrast). i think my lazy trick for vinaigrettes is to toss everything with the oil before tossing with the vinegar, it keeps the vinegar from seeping into the greens and making them bitter. also you don't have to dirty another dish mixing it up (never understood that).
Yes, I live in SW Florida and we've been enjoying the strawberries for about a month or so now...I adore them cut up with banana in my Fage 0% yogurt each morning, with a few drops of honey...just delicious. Also love sliced strawberries with fresh pineapple...the pineapple, though, has been VERY expensive!
I prefer them unadorned, but if it looks like the quality is going to suffer because we can't eat them fast enough I usually slice, lightly sugar and freeze. I let them sit a bit to draw out the juices before I plop them in the freezer. Taken out I either let them sit a bit and then eat like a semi frozen sorbet or thaw out in microwave and use to sauce something. I picked up the season's first from the local farm stand yesterday and tried storing them in a glass jar as I had previously read about here. Did not get a chance to test the method since we ate them all up today. Opening the jar was a nice sensory experience- essence of stawberry.
When under stress, I freeze--no sugar. (hull them first) I throw them into the food processor with a frozen banana, blueberries, and plain yogurt with just a squeeze of fresh lime juice or orange. Or strawberry pie.