Friday, September 16, 2011

10 ways to use up strawberries

Strawberries are in abundance at the moment and we can't get through them quick enough before they start to go a little squishy. They still taste great and can be used in a multitude of ways. Besides jam, smoothies, ice cream etc, here are a few of my favourites.


1.  Strawberry Jelly/Jello

Mix up packaged jelly, as per instructions, add chopped strawberries and allow to set. Use individual moulds or one large one. Spoon on whipped cream or ice cream to serve. (Doesn't have to be red/strawberry jelly. Any flavour will do.)


2.  Strawberry Ice Cubes

You can leave the strawberries whole. Place in an ice cube try and fill with water. Add to a glass or jug of cold water to serve. You can also mash/blend/puree the strawberries, fill the ice cube tray and add the strawberry ice cubes to dacquiris, lemonade, champagne or suck on as is.

3.  Strawberry Icy Poles

You're only limited by your imagination here. Add pureed strawberries to icy pole moulds, as is or mixed with fruit juice, other pureed fruits, yoghurt, lemonade, whole pieces of other fruit. The list is endless.


4.  Strawberry Pancakes

Chop strawberries and add to your favourite pancake or pikelet batter. The above photo is from Rachel Ray's Magazine so it's only fitting that I list her recipe below.

Ingredients

  • 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted, plus more for serving
  • 2 cups sliced strawberries
  • Pure maple syrup, for serving

Directions:

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. In a small bowl, whisk together the egg, milk and vanilla. Preheat a nonstick griddle over medium heat.
  2. Whisk the wet ingredients into the dry. Stir in the melted butter. The batter should be thick and smooth. Fold in the strawberries.
  3. Spoon the batter onto the griddle 1/4 cup at a time. Cook the pancakes until set and thoroughly bubbly, about 3 minutes. Flip them with a spatula and cook until golden brown, about 2 minutes more. Serve with butter and maple syrup.

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7.  Strawberry & Apple Crumble


This is a recipe I made a little while ago and you can find the recipe here.  You can add basically any fruit you like to strawberries for a crumble. Strawberry and pear, rhubarb, pineapple, mango, plum, cherry. I'd give anything a go, once!

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8.  Strawberry, Yoghurt & Muesli Parfait
In individual glasses or cups, layer any flavour yoghurt you have with muesli (or granola) and blended/pureed strawberries. Top with more chopped strawberries.
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9.  Strawberry Eton Mess
Probably one of the most easy desserts around. Either make or purchase meringues, crush and mix with whipped cream and chopped strawberries.  Serve in individual serving glasses. From Wikipedia, the origin of Eton Mess is:
Eton mess is a traditional English dessert consisting of a mixture of strawberries, pieces of meringue and cream, which is traditionally served at Eton College's annual cricket game against the students of Winchester College. The dish has been known by this name since the 19th century. According to Recipes from the Dairy (1995) by Robin Weir, who spoke to Eton College's librarian, Eton mess was served in the 1930s in the school's "sock shop" (tuck shop), and was originally made with either strawberries or bananas mixed with ice-cream or cream. Meringue was a later addition, and may have been an innovation by Michael Smith, the author of Fine English Cookery (1973).

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 10.  Strawberry Cake

Strawberries and cake go hand in hand, in my opinion, a bit like chocolate and cake but maybe slightly healthier. Maybe? I made Strawberry cupcakes yesterday using my old favourite No Fuss Fudge Cake recipe, omitting the cocoa and instead of 1 cup of water, substituting with 1 cup of strawberry puree (strawberries pulverised with the stick blender). I had the kids help me ice them with pink icing and sprinkles. Photos are on the hard drive of my camera and I still can't find the cable to transfer them so will share that recipe and photos in the near future.

Even an el cheapo packet cake mix with pureed strawberries would work well. Also, a plain uniced sponge cake from the supermarket topped with plain whipped cream and topped with strawberries or add the chopped strawberries to the cream.



So, take advantage of those strawberries while they're in season. They're a little bundle of delightful juiciness, full of Vitamin C and low, very low, in calories.

15 comments:

  1. LOVE strawberries! What a fun post Anne! Strawberries in ice cubes is a great idea! Especially in an adult beverage..yummmm!

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  2. What great ideas, Anne! I made jam for the first time recently. Can you give me a hint as to how to make the jam less soupy if I have to puree the strawberries for my texture picky Sweethearts?

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  3. Yum, strawberry butter, what a great idea!

    ps. you fogot Pimms, I add EVERYTHING to it, strawberries, raspberries, currents as well as apples, cucumber and mint. I like to think of it as fruit salad with benefits ;) xx

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  4. Yum! I've been meaning to try making strawberry butter - sounds delicious!

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  5. Yum! I love the look of the the ice cubes. They'd be lovely in mint tea. I must post the strawberry mouse recipe, mmm. So divine.

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  6. Great selection of ideas - and particularly useful as I have half a punnet of strawberries sitting in the fridge that I wasn't sure what to do with! Thank you.

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  7. We love strawberries in this house. Some great recipes here Anne, the Strawberry cake would go down well here.

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  8. They all look delicious!
    Thanks so much for taking part in Weekend Wonders last week. Hope to see you again this week!

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  9. Wow these are absolutely amazing. I love the look of those strawberry ice lollies. The cake is a fantastic idea. In fact, although it's autumn here in the UK I feel like going and buying some strawberries and baking one of those cakes right away!

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  10. Ohhh...these are making me hungry! They all look fabulous. Unfortunately for us, fresh strawberry season is over. But I can still find good ones at some grocery stores!

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  11. It is going to be such a bummer reading all of your delicious summer recipes as we head into winter! I LOVE strawberries, so sad to see them go. I'm pinning this for next year tho!

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  12. Oh yum! I love strawberries. Was so very excited when they were 3 punnets for $3 the other day. Now I'll have to make some of these delish treats!

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  13. Never thought of strawberry butter before but I like the sound of it! Great range of suggestions Anne! Must profess I love them sliced up on buttered, fluffy white bread with a sprinkle of sugar on them....fond childhood memories!

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