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What to do with 3 pounds of strawberries?

I have 3 pounds of mediocre strawberries - they're not really good enough to showcase by themselves, with shortcake, etc, but they're ripe and I'd like to get rid of them. Any suggestions other than jam/jelly/etc?

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  1. - bake with them - quick bread or muffins
    - stew down into a dessert sauce or gastrique...you can ever add other fresh or frozen berries to the mix
    - macerate with balsamic vinegar & a pinch of salt and serve over ice cream
    - slice & toss with sour cream and brown sugar (this was a childhood favorite)
    - strawberry agua fresca
    - smoothies

    1. Wash, pat dry and lightly sugar and place individually on wax paper on a cookie sheet and place in freezer. Once frozen, place in a ziploc bag and keep in freezer. You can then take out whatever you want to use depending on your recipe and the rest can still stay frozen without being one big blob.

      1. Slow roast them to intensify their flavor, then make them into a sauce, serve with ice cream, fill a napoleon or shortcake or otherwise use them as you might use fresh.

        1. Make a big batch of strawberry ice cream.

            1. re: gordeaux

              I just made 3 batches of sorbet, I used some orange juice and zest, 1 batch 1 made with mint. UMMMMM

            2. Actually, they're perfect for shortcake, maybe not for the top (for company), but they are for sugaring down and spooning between a fluffy biscuit or cake & topped with sweetened whipped cream. You could use them in parfaits or make a baked alaska

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              1. re: Cherylptw

                I agree with the shortcake idea! Yummy!! Even if the good parts and irregular shaped, chop them up and sugar them and enjoy with cake and whipped cream. Trifle maybe?

              2. It may be too late but this recipe for strawberry bread is great. As it is it makes 2 loaves but you can scale it down to 1 loaf. I actually use the recipe for 1 loaf and then make muffins instead of a loaf. They freeze beautifully and my kids love them. I also usually add in a mashed up banana if I have it lying around.


                1. Are they holding together enough for a strawberry rhubarb pie? Oh--with 3 pounds you'll probably have to make a few of them. How about a puree that's drizzled over some nice vanilla ice-cream?

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                  1. re: nstoddar

                    A just plain strawberry pie is good too.

                  2. .. Or make a salad? I bought some strawberries today and they weren't that good so I chopped them up and added some salt, black pepper, olive oil, lemon juice, raspberry balsamic and it was delicious!! A spinach salad is great too or some kind of salsa. Personally I love strawberries prepared in a savoury way.