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Rick May 4, 2008 05:17 PM

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!

  1. beelzebozo May 6, 2008 07:22 AM

    how bizarre that suddenly there's a video on the main page about storing strawberries.

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      Rick May 6, 2008 07:13 AM

      Well, we ended up making strawyberry pancakes, strawberry cobbler, spinach salad with strawberries and goat cheese w/balsamic vinegar, and a little bit of strawberry syrup/sauce with the small amount of left over berries.

      Thanks for all the replies!

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        Mothership May 5, 2008 02:08 PM

        Geeez. This is why I love Chow. Someone has too many strawberries and in the course of one day - look at all the great ideas for using them up. Personally I am a huge strawberry fan. Just cut them in half (add some blueberries, raspberries or other berries if you have any around - but other berries are not essential) drizzle with a little white balsamic vinegar and some tiny shreds of either basil (yup - basil) or mint leaves. I could eat a bushel of strawberries this way all by myself.

        1. lisavf May 5, 2008 01:37 PM

          I saw this recipe for "Strawberry Leather" in Gourmet and thought it looked interesting. If you try it, I'd love to hear how it came out.

          http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

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            ex.libris.lady May 5, 2008 12:45 PM

            I would make strawberry balsamic jam if I had such a windfall. In place of lemon juice or whatever other acid a strawberry jam recipe calls for, use balsamic vinegar. It is amazing, though darker in color than most strawberry jams. I like to make a no-pectin one because I like it goopy. Just don't freeze the strawberries if you plan to use them later for anything that requires the berries to retain their shape. Freezing and thawing squeezed out quite a bit of juice.

            1. hondo77 May 5, 2008 11:37 AM

              Strawberry ice cream. Mmmm.

              1. Miss Needle May 4, 2008 08:47 PM

                I would make a lovely strawberry soup served with a dollop of creme fraiche.

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                  chocolatstiletto May 4, 2008 08:42 PM

                  I think it may have been 101 Cookbooks- there was just a brilliant strawberry panzanella recipe posted.

                  1. beelzebozo May 4, 2008 08:12 PM

                    got a food dehydrator? dried strawberries are preeeeeeeeeeetty great. . .

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                      ScarletB May 4, 2008 07:57 PM

                      Dip them in chocolate!

                      Strawberry muffins
                      Milkshakes
                      Strawberry lemonade
                      fruit salad
                      layered trifle
                      in spinach salad with goat cheese
                      strawberry pie

                      I love strawberries!

                      1. sarah galvin May 4, 2008 07:16 PM

                        My invention is strawberry jelly with cracked black peppercorns. This is jelly as in preserves and you process it and it will keep for ages. Great with cheese or pate.

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                          gordeaux May 4, 2008 07:13 PM

                          SORBET!!!!!!
                          SORBET!!!!!!
                          SORBET!!!!!!

                          1. revsharkie May 4, 2008 07:08 PM

                            Leave 'em in the freezer till you are in the mood for shortcake, then get 'em back out.

                            Shortcake, by the way, is not sponge cake or anything like that. Shortcake is biscuit dough with a little more shortening and a little more sugar in it. (Yep, I'm an Okie.)

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                              valerie May 4, 2008 06:09 PM

                              I've made this strawberry bread a few times and it's good. Sometimes I throw in some banana to make it a strawberry/banana bread, and I've even put blueberries in too. It freezes well too.

                              http://www.cdkitchen.com/recipes/recs...

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                                JeetJet May 4, 2008 05:52 PM

                                Do a search here using "strawberries sour cream" as the key words.

                                1. greygarious May 4, 2008 05:49 PM

                                  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.

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                                    caviar_and_chitlins May 4, 2008 05:41 PM

                                    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.

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                                      jwg May 4, 2008 05:33 PM

                                      There is of course jam or preserves. The other option is a strawberry bread, with strawberry puree.

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                                        Agent Orange May 5, 2008 11:55 AM

                                        Strawberry mint jam is delicious, a variation one can't find in North American stores (at least I can't.)

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                                          sarah galvin May 5, 2008 12:05 PM

                                          That's interesting. I might have to buy some strawberries.

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