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Some good ways to use frozen strawberries?

nezzie Jun 17, 2012 03:40 PM

Picked WAY too many strawberries last weekend and threw bunches on cookies sheets and froze them to throw into baggies. Can I bake with them after I defrost them or will they be too mushy?
Any baking suggestions are welcome - (besides making smoothies) I have to start using some!

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    shallots Jun 17, 2012 08:50 PM

    My recent refrigerator disaster 'gifted' me with bags of frozen peaches and strawberries. The peaches went into pies that also used up some of the homemade frozen crusts (from the same disaster).

    The left over juices from the peaches, the less beautiful peach bits, and the now sad looking strawberries became jars of strawberry syrup that is verging on being a failed loose jam. These were boiled thoroughly and sugar added until I got a flowable jam. Today we found it's really good on pancakes, but I really think it will be even better on waffles.

    1. ipsedixit Jun 17, 2012 09:53 PM

      Here you go: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/808445

      1. ocshooter Jun 18, 2012 11:11 AM

        I am not sure about pies, but if you want to use them for muffins, keep them frozen. Slice them so you don't get huge lumps of fruit, but keeping them frozen keeps them from bleeding into the batter and allow them to remain juicy through the baking process.

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          Splendid Spatula Jun 18, 2012 11:24 AM

          Jam. Just had my first experience with this, and am really happy with the results. The website pickyourown.org has lots of good advice, including how to fix runny jam (which I needed, not because they were froz, but because I used too many!). Also, ice cream/sorbet.

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            Nyleve Jun 18, 2012 12:00 PM

            Just yesterday I used the last of my frozen strawberries to make a couple of big pitchers of unbelievably good strawberry daiquiris. I invited some friends over for no reason and we finished it all up.

            3/4 lb. frozen strawberries + 1 cup white rum + 3/4 cup lime juice + 1/2 cup sugar + 1 blender = one pitcher of amazingness. Repeat, if desired.

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              Querencia Jun 18, 2012 01:20 PM

              My ace thing to do with strawberries that are frozen, mushy, old, or mediocre in flavor, in fact any lousy old no-account strawberries, is bring them to a boil with a little sugar and a very little water, simmer them for a minute or two, and then thicken with a little cornstarch dissolved in cold water. Eat this hot over pancakes, waffles, French toast. Also works well with blueberries and sour cherries. If you want to you can take a potato mash and smash up the berries as they are simmering.

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                mangiare24 Jun 18, 2012 01:23 PM

                I second Querencia's suggestion.

                "Eat this hot over pancakes, waffles, French toast."

                My favorite way is over a Dutch baby pancake. Mmmmm......

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                  nezzie Jun 18, 2012 01:28 PM

                  This sounds so simple I may have to do it tonight over vanilla hagen daas

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                  carriemcclellan Mar 18, 2014 05:57 AM

                  well if they thaw then they are mushy u can make jam

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                    sweetpotater Mar 18, 2014 08:19 AM

                    Fruit rolls:

                    Puree (with or without a little sugar depending on your taste and the berries), spread thinly on baking sheets with parchment or Silpat, bake at the lowest possible temperature.

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