There are some thing that are just better to buy local and in season. Strawberries is definitely one of them. I recently went strawberry picking and got myself 14 ½ pounds of berries. They are way better than anything that is shipped across the country from California. It's not that they were just grown in Michigan that makes them better, it's that the varieties are grown for flavor, more than shipability. I have purchased strawberries directly from a farmer in California and they were just as good as the ones I picked myself. Good strawberries don't ship well, that's why buying them locally, when in season is the way to go.
So what did I do with my 14 ½ pounds of strawberries. A lot of them we just ate or served over vanilla ice cream. I did get to use them for several recipes. I wanted to give you the reader an insight in to what you can with a ton of strawberries! I also add some other strawberry recipes I have written about that I made for other occasions.
(1) Strawberry Cupcakes | Click here for the recipe
A cupcake batter that include freshly pureed strawberries topped off with a strawberry butter cream frosting.
The frosting is actually made using strawberry sugar which is standard sugar processed with some freeze dried strawberries.
(2) Frozen Strawberry Yogurt Bars | Click here for the recipe
Fresh strawberries are paired with plain yogurt and a little agave syrup for sweetness and then frozen in your favorite molds.
(3) Small Batch Strawberry Jam | Click here for the recipe
When you pick your own berries you got to make jam! But you don't have to make a ton of it. Making it in a small batch is quick, easy, and has more flavor since you don't lose as much flavor when you cook it quickly.
(4) Strawberry Rolls | Click here for the recipe
The idea of a cinnamon roll is taken in a new direction. The cinnamon and brown sugar is replaced by homemade strawberry jam and topped off with a strawberry icing made with aforementioned strawberry sugar, although this time powdered sugar is used instead of granulated.
(5) Strawberry Applesauce | Click here for the recipe
Make your own flavored applesauce by adding a pureed strawberries in the end. I add a touch of honey for sweetness and that little something extra.
(6) Strawberry Granita
A granita is a frozen treat that contains fruit, sugar, and water. You place it in the freezer and every half hour you scrap it with a fork to form small crystals of flavored ice. All you need is about 1 quart of 4 cups of strawberries pureed and strained, ¾ cup of water, 4 tablespoons of sugar. Combine all those ingredients and place into the freezer and scrap every half hour as I already mentioned.
(7) Strawberry Lemonade
A summer time classic, strawberries and lemons were meant for each other. To make you will need 1 cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice, combined with 1 cup of sugar, 6 ½ cups of water, and 1 cup of pureed strawberries.
(8) Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble Muffins | Click here for the recipe
The classic Strawberry Rhubarb combo come together in these delicious muffins topped off with a crumble topping that will make you want to go back for more!
(9) Lemon & Strawberry Swirl Ice Cream | Click here for the recipe
The flavor of strawberry and lemon tangle really well in this cold creamy treat.
(10) Strawberry Paczki | Click here to learn more
The aforementioned strawberry jam would be really delicious inside this jelly doughnut.