4 Pounds of Strawberries, now what?
I was at Costco and they had strawberries out for sample, they were very good and I bought a 4 pound container! So far we ate some of them and made a big batch of strawberry pancakes this morning and froze the leftovers. But I'd say I have about 3 pound left and I don't know what to do with them. Strawberry shortcake and smoothies come to mind, but I'm not really in the mood for them. Please give me your ideas!
As a fellow costco overbuyer, I empathize. What I often do is freeze them. Wash them, dry them completely, and lay them out on parchment or wax paper, and place in the freezer- not touching. Then next day, move into freezer bags.
I know this may take a few batches, but it's worth it. Then you have plenty of strawberries for smoothies, salads, muffins, or jam.
If they are still firm, and you store them carefully, they will keep for over a week. Put a folded paper towel in the bottom of a large rectangular storage container. Don't wash the berries, but do hull them. Arrange them in neat rows in the container. Lay a paper towel on top before putting on the lid. Leave one end open slightly, then refrigerate. In a few hours, replace top towel with a dry one, dry the lid if it is wet, fully close the lid,
and return to fridge.
You can always halve and sugar the berries, then freeze for future use.
Strawberry-rhubarb pie or compote.
A few strawberries are nice in a green salad if using a sweet dressing.
Strawberry fruit leather.
Strawberry sorbet or ice cream.
Homemade strawberry jello; adult version using wine or champagne.