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What happened to frozen strawberries in syrup for Passover?

Has anyone found the frozen strawberries in syrup for Passover? Fairmont made them and they were also available under the Ungar's label. It was packaged in a yellow plastic 16 ounce cup. I think it was under the Star-K supervision. Thanks

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  1. I know that recently strawberries have had some issues surrounding them regarding kashrut. Maybe these companies aren't producing the strawberries anymore..

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    1. re: cheesecake17

      or the Star-K isn't giving certification due to the infestation

    2. This is the easiest thing in the world to make yourself. Just cut and clean the strawberries to your own halachic satisfaction (i.e. either just take the leaves off, or cut them and look for bugs), put them in a container, and add some sugar and a very small amount of water.

      I just did this last week with a half a bag of frozen whole strawberries (not sweetened ones) that I found in the back of the freezer while I was doing pre-Pesach cleaning. They looked a bit old and possibly not too tasty, so I added a few tablespoons of sugar, maybe three or four, and just a very small amount of water. In a few hours, certainly overnight, they'll taste just like the ones in those yellow containers. I grew up on those, and when I discovered how easy it was to make it myself, a few years ago, I never bought them again.

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      1. re: queenscook

        Thank's so much for taking the time to tell me. I described exactly the same thing to my husband but he insists it won't be the same as the yellow cup! If only I had saved the yellow cup with my Pesach things--I could have filled it up and he would never have known. Thanks again and chag sameach.

      2. actually fairmont strawberries in sugar just arrived to new york yesterday and the stores have been snatching them up taking 5-25 cases at a shot. between the harvest opportunities and farmers preferring not to use as much pesticide the bugs have been a real problem.i don't know where you live but by thursday,friday most independant groceries should have product.shoprite nad pathmark will probably only get the bags of plainfrozen fairmont strawberries till after passover. good luck and enjoy. kkep an eye for sliced strawberries in syrup coming soon. this was the original fairmont presentation 20 years ago and is making a comeback.great for dessert when you don't want to plop whole strawberries on your dessert items

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        1. re: gleibler

          Thank you so much. I work in Brooklyn so I have a lot of places to try, just too little time. Any suggestions? Chag Kasher V'Sameach

          1. re: mommysmazal

            BESIDES WILLIAMSBURG{WHICH MISSED OUT BECAUSE OF SCHEDULED DELIVERIES WERE BEFORE THE SHIPMENT ARRIVED} I WOULD SAY EVERY KOSHER GROCERY{NOT SUPERMARKET CHAINS}GOT STRAWBERRIES. YOUR BEST BET IS THE LARGER STORES AS THEY ORDER 20-50 CASES PER STORE
            MOISHAS,KOLLEL,FRIEDMANS,LANDAUS,POMEGRANATE,MILER 13,SHOPSMART.JUST TO LET YOU KNOW THERE WILL BE SLICED STRAWBERRIES IN SYRUP HOPEFULLY IN THE NEAR FUTURE.THAT CAN RALLY TAKE YOU BACK AS THAT WAS FAIRMONTS REAL SIGNATURE RECIPE.GOOD LUCK AND ENJOY. P.S. THERE IS PLENTY IN THE 5 TOWNS,QUEENS AND JERSEY.SORRY FOR THE CAPS I SWITCH BACK AND FORTH FROM MY WORK PROGRAM AND THAT ONLY WORKS ON CAPS

            1. re: gleibler

              Just picked some up in Glatt Mart yesterday. I hadn't bought them for quite a while, because the quality of the strawberries has really gone down from the Fairmont frozen strawberries that I remember from years ago.
              I'm really looking forward to the new ones that you mentioned. Please keep us posted!

        2. I am not trying to have an argument. But could someone please explain to me the reason one would buy strawberries frozen, and soaked in sugar as well? How do you use them?

          We always go through several large boxes of fresh strawberries, which are easily rinsed and sliced. And extremely low in calories as well. Sometimes I will sprinkle a little sugar on, if the berries are tart.

          A favorite Pesach memory is slicing strawberries for fruit plates at every meal in my late MIL's kitchen in Wisconsin---where it always snowed for Pesach.
          Respectfully and curiously, p.j.

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          1. re: p.j.

            I think the simplest answer is that some people like things sweet. It's a dessert, just like sorbet, which is only fruit and sugar, or jam, which is fruit and sugar, or marshmallows, which are only egg whites and sugar, etc. Is it healthy? Well, in my opinion, it's better than a high fat dessert. Is it as healthy as plain fruit ? Clearly not, but that's the nature of dessert.

            1. re: queenscook

              I think that many people also use them to make frozen strawberry desserts, like sorbets or things involving beaten egg whites.

          2. Thanks to all who replied. To those who wonder why frozen strawberries in sugary syrup I can only answer that many of us have those special treats and childhood memories of certain foods that were only eaten on Pesach. Many of these foods could easily have been eaten during the year but weren't. In our house it was fresh bananas, sour cream (now reduced fat but still not the healthiest) and spoonfuls of frozen strawberries in syrup. This was swirled around until it was deliciously pink and enjoyed by all. This year, apparently, I will be using queenscook's advice but it won't be as pink and probably not as delicious. Chag Kasher V'Sameach to all.

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            1. re: mommysmazal

              I don't see why it shouldn't be as pink, or as delicious, for that matter; when I have made these strawberries in syrup myself, I think it's the same color as in the yellow container, and I really think it tastes as good. Admittedly, I haven't bought it in years, but I think it looks and tastes as I remember it from years ago.

              I, too, did the bananas in sour cream--with added sugar--as a kid. Is reduced fat sour cream available for Pesach? I didn't look for any because I've never seen any in previous years. I think they usually use starches and food gums and the like for the reduced fat stuff, and don't usually have Pesachdik substitutes for that.

              1. re: queenscook

                Breakstones makes the reduced fat for sure, I have it, and I believe Friendship has the light. No one to my knowledge makes the fat free probably for the reasons you mentioned.

              2. re: mommysmazal

                Ah, strawberries and bananas in sour cream. That I will eat, albeit with the fresh fruit.! My Dad had bananas and sour cream nearly every Saturday night dairy supper- right after his canned salmon with onions and vinegar.
                I understand about childhood flavors: my husband taught our kids to love the jelly 1/2 circle candies for Pesach.
                Thanks, p.j.

              3. I too remember Fairmont strawberries with sour cream. That was so delicious. I've been looking for them myself.

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                1. re: jaknny

                  I found the Fairmont strawberries. Elizabeth 1 Stop Kosher in Elizabeth, NJ. I suspect that if this store has them then they should be found in some of the larger stores as well.

                  1. re: jaknny

                    see reply to mommysmazal for availability or tell me where you live

                  2. Am revisiting this post. Has anyone seen these frozen strawberries found them last year but not in the yellow cups this year? I ultimately found them last year but no luck this year. Are they around?

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                    1. re: mommysmazal

                      Haven't seen them, but really haven't looked either. Did you try making it yourself last year? If so, how did it turn out?

                    2. Another suggestion. Assuming you can get fresh strawberries, clean them to your satisfaction, then slice them and sprinkle on Kosher for Pesach wine vinegar and a little sugar and voila: strawberries macerate in the vinegar and sugar creating a delicious syrup. These are great over cake, especially if your cake has turned out drier than you like. In California we can get strawberries fresh all year, but we stop eating them in November (along with asparagus, available as well, (imported). Then Pesach becomes a time to enjoy these spring treats. One final hint, it's really best not to soak them too much and not to leave them in a refrigerator too long. (No refrigeration at all is best, but impractical if you need to keep them more than a day or two and its hot.

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                      1. re: lburrell

                        If you read through this whole thread, you will see that this was suggested (yes, by me) last year. But clearly "mommysmazel" is interested in whether the actual product is available.

                        I find I get a taste closer to the original (Fairmont's, that is) when I use frozen berries rather than fresh, and I don't use vinegar, but otherwise I agree with you in terms of making them yourself. Still, people want what they want.

                        1. re: queenscook

                          try the vinegar. it makes a whole lot of difference. I use the Bartenura and just sprinkle. Then add the sugar. it makes a great syrup. It's a life saver if your strawberries are a little unripe. I understand about people wanting things that are sentimental favorites but totally not healthful or even all that tasty. My seder wouldn't be complete without those terrible sugar jelly shaped like fruit sections. i never eat that stuff any other time. Also the super sweet macaroons.