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Monday, May 23, 2011

Strawberry Time

It is strawberry time. If you love strawberries, then this is the time for you to enjoy them. I like to prepare several different dishes and freeze as many as I can. Here are some ideas that will help with strawberries.

Strawberry Shortcake - In a previous post I suggested using Angel Food Cake instead of the usual shortcake. I would also encourage you to try adding some Balsamic Vinegar to your berries while they macerate. Don't overdo it - a tablespoon or two is fine.  Whatever suits your taste. The Balsamic adds a another layer of flavor.

Frozen Jam - just use the regular recipe. I have tried using all kinds of sugar substitutes but none will give you the same results.  If you use less sugar than what is called for the jam will be runny.

Freezing whole berries or other fruit.  If you want to freeze whole berries or other fruit, wash them and prepare them as if you were going to eat them today - hull the strawberries for example.  Then place them on a cookie sheet  in a single layer and put in the freezer until they are frozen.  This will not take long.  Once they are frozen then place them in a freezer bag.  This will allow you to take out what you want and not have a mess of smashed berries that are frozen together.

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