Welcome back, strawberries!
Strawberries are making their triumphant comeback into season, and last week, Whole Foods celebrated their return by offering one pound containers of organic strawberries for $1.99 each! I rushed on over and stockpiled like there was no tomorrow – well, okay, I only bought two containers. I am usually only prepping food for one. But I was very excited all the same! Strawberries – and cheap!
Since I bought so many, I froze one batch. I actually find food prep such as this to be kind of meditative – I’m focusing entirely on washing, slicing, and sorting the strawberries, all the while kind of relaxing and not thinking about anything else. Plus, I get in a pattern and soon I don’t even have to think hard about the task at hand. It’s similar to when I’m picking over dry beans or chopping produce for a salad. Even more reasons to prepare food at home – it can be quite calming! (Sometimes – we won’t discuss more complicated cooking endeavors where I swear like a sailor and amass a Mt. McKinley of dishes)
So with an abundance of fresh and frozen strawberries at my disposal, my mind is brewing with ideas about what to make! Some initial ideas …
- Homemade strawberry jam
- Strawberry sorbet or dairy-free ice cream
- Salads featuring strawberries
- An assortment of smoothies and juices
- Homemade sangria (perfect for warm weather!)
- Dried strawberries in my dehydrator (which I bought recently and want to use more often)
And so much more! What are some of your favorite ways to prepare strawberries?