Make the most of the superb strawberries that are still in season!
Over the past couple of months, if you’ve been anywhere near a shopping centre, grocer or even your local produce markets, you’ve probably noticed the same wall of bright red that I have. Everywhere I’ve looked, I’ve seen punnets of strawberries by the barrowful, the pallet tower and the truckload.
Strawberries this year have been beautiful quality and super cheap at the same time. But you do need to do something with them pretty quickly – otherwise you end up with little red furry friends in a puddle of pink juice that has steadily seeped out of the strawberries!
If you need a little #inspo on what to do with your mountains of strawberries that were too cheap not to buy, we’ve picked our top 10 ideas from around the MoM site …
If you’re feeling in need of a chocolatey sugar shot, how does this No Bake OREO strawberry tart look? Divine? YES. Watch our VIDEO on how to make this little beauty right here.
Spend a few minutes doing something a little extra special with your strawberries. Melt some white, milk or dark chocolate and dip the firmest, ripest strawberries you have into the chocolate, being careful not to dip the stems into the chocolate. If you’d like to further embellish, add your sprinkles (or cookies crumbs in our case) then set the strawberries onto a sheet of baking paper to dry completely.
Enjoy these as is or do as we did and decorate the top of a white chocolate cheese with a chocolate biscuit crumb base (secret secret YUM YUM)!
If you don’t think you’ll get through all your strawberries while they are fresh, get your freezer helping out. I like to top, chop, rinse and then freeze ziplock bags full of fruit pieces for later. I then either use them straight out of the freezer in smoothies, baking or on top of muesli and yogurt or allow them to defrost and then use them as you would any other strawberries (although they may be a little more mushy and juicy once defrosted).
Go nice and simple with a traditional afternoon tea of SCONES (made with spelt flour), STRAWBERRIES & CREAM. Serve with hot tea, strong coffee or even a glass of champagne or dessert wine.
Nothing says a fruitfully fruitful strawberry season like a few big new jars of homemade strawberry jam. This Strawberry Chia Jam goes one step further to introduce one of the most popular seeds around at the moment.
And who would think to throw a handful of strawberries in with some spinach and almond to make this lovely Summer Spinach, Strawberry & Almond Salad. I think it looks quite Christmassy too (so perfect for a long lunch that you want to keep light).
Use your fresh or frozen strawberries and whip up a smoothie. Breakfast, snacks or anytime it’s a great way to pack in the fibre, vitamins and a pile of lovely flavour. For a breakfast smoothie for 2 people I use 1 cup strawberries (fresh or fresh then frozen), 1 cup milk (use Almond or Coconut milk for dairy free), 1 banana, 2 tbs dessicated or shredded coconut, 6 ice cubes, 4 tbs yoghurt (coconut yoghurt for dairy free) and 1 tbs rice malt syrup or stevia. Blitz, blitz, blitz and then enjoy!
If you’ve got a crowd heading over and you can’t bothered with a big deal dessert, try these CHEESECAKE STRAWBERRY BITES. Simple, sweet, devoured and remembered forever by everyone!
Think beyond the super sweet and make a batch or three of your own FRUIT ROLL UPS. Super easy to make and (according to my kids) even better than the sugary sweet ones from the supermarket.
I hope you’ve found a little inspiration for Strawberries here. We could have gone on and on to showcase all the fabulous ideas for strawberries that we’ve collected over the years but thought we’d start with a Top 10.
Now you have no excuses for Strawberry Fur Babies in the fridge or not taking advantage of the super cheap Strawberry prices!
What would you add to the list for this article?
Got a favourite way to use up excess stocks of strawberries?