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4 Pounds of Strawberries, now what?

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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!

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

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    1. re: jwg

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

      1. re: Agent Orange

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

    2. 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.

      1. 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.

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

          1. 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.


            1. 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.)

              1. SORBET!!!!!!

                1. 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.

                  1. Dip them in chocolate!

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

                    I love strawberries!

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

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

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

                          1. Strawberry ice cream. Mmmm.

                            1. 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. 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.


                                1. 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. 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!

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