All About Strawberries + Yummy Recipes!

When it comes to summer cooking and baking, the fresh, plump, strawberry is one of my favorite ingredients.  I simply can’t resist a sweet, juicy strawberry, whether it’s on its own, in a pie, or made into jam!  Because I love them so much, I’m going to share some tutorials on working with strawberries, from picking them to hulling them to their health benefits.  I’ll also share some fresh berry recipes with you…after the jump!

Picking Strawberries

Look for berries with a full red color and a bright luster, firm flesh, and the cap stem still attached. The berries should be dry and clean, and usually medium to small strawberries have better eating quality than large ones.

Avoid berries with large uncolored areas or with large seedy areas (poor in flavor and texture), a full shrunken appearance or softness (signs of over-ripeness or decay), or those with mold, which can spread rapidly from one berry to another.

Don’t just jump at those discounted case prices! In most containers of strawberries you will likely find a few that are less desirable than others. Try to look at some of berries lower in the container to be sure that they are reasonably free from defects or decay.

Hulling Strawberries
There are many different (and easy!) ways to hull strawberries.  Click here to read about 3 different ways to do it.

Health Benefits of Strawberries
Both blueberries and strawberries are rich in vitamin C and fiber.  Add some to your whole grain cereal or oatmeal in the morning. Mix some into your cup of plain yogurt, or top off your ice cream with a handful.  One cup of strawberries contains about 46 calories.

Strawberry Recipes
Here are some fresh strawberry recipes for you to try this summer.  Enjoy!

Strawberry Cobbler

Strawberry Dumplings

Strawberry Cheesecake Salad

Strawberry Freezer Jam

Strawberry Trifle

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