Florida Strawberries are in abundance in produce markets throughout the eastern half of the United States and in Florida strawberry fields too! The Sunday Supper Tastemakers are partnering with the Florida Strawberry Growers Association to share our best strawberry recipes with you. As an added bonus, we’re also sharing how to preserve strawberries, so you can enjoy the sweet, juicy goodness all year long in your Sunday Supper recipes.
How to Select Strawberries
- When shopping or picking strawberries right out of the field, look for firm, plump, and fragrant berries with a bright glossy red appearance. The leafy green caps, scientifically known as the calyx, on the strawberries should be bright green and look fresh.
- Avoid bruised or shriveled berries and those having a dull appearance.
- Strawberries do not ripen after they’ve been picked, so be sure you purchase or pick fully ripened berries. Look for ones that have ripened to the point of being red all over to ensure maximum sweetness and flavor.
- It is important to cool berries as soon as possible and store in the refrigerator until ready to use. Fresh strawberries should be refrigerated and eaten within three to four days of purchase.
- Preserving Florida strawberries is a great way to enjoy that sweet flavor all year.
How to Preserve Strawberries
Known as the winter strawberry, Florida strawberries are available from November to April every year, so now is the time to preserve them! Fresh strawberries can be preserved by freezing, drying, canning, or pickling. The variety of ways to preserve strawberries gives you lots of options for enjoying them throughout the year.
It’s true, you can get those other berries grown outside of Florida, but anyone east of the Mississippi knows that Florida’s unique growing conditions produces the sweetest, juiciest strawberries around! If you’ve had the pleasure of enjoying strawberries grown in Florida, you most likely won’t accept anything else. Yes, we’re spoiled and we know it!
- Freezing – Freeze strawberries whole or sliced and use the frozen berries in place of fresh ones throughout the year. Frozen strawberries are perfect for smoothies. No need to add ice that tends to water down the smoothie.
- Drying – Sliced strawberries can be dried easily in your oven or a dehydrator. Dried strawberries are a tasty snack kids will love. They are similar to fruit roll-ups, but much healthier without any added sugar! Drying strawberries are ideal for baking. Keep them on hand for things like cakes, quick breads, and cookies.
- Canning – Preserving strawberry jams, jellies, fruit spreads, syrups, sauces, and more is a wonderful way to stock your pantry with homemade deliciousness to enjoy all year long!
- Pickling – Use green or ripe berries in pickling brine. This method is very easy to do and a tasty way to preserve strawberries. The contrast of the sweet strawberries with the tangy pickling brine makes a wonderful relish to enjoy in both sweet and savory dishes.
Want to learn more about how to preserve strawberries? Be sure to visit the websites listed below for detailed information on the best ways to preserve strawberries and for delicious recipes using preserved berries. Additionally, we’ll also be chatting about how to preserve strawberries during our weekly Twitter party this Sunday at 7pm EST. We look forward to tweeting with you then!
Sunday Supper Recipes using Preserved Strawberries
- Strawberry Cheesecake Icebox Pie by Food Done Light
- Strawberry Eton Mess by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Strawberry Compote Pavlova Parfaits by My Sweet Zepol
- Strawberry Crepe Cake with Homemade Strawberry Syrup by Recipes, Food and Cooking
- Strawberry Crumble Bars by A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
- Dark Chocolate Strawberry Granola Clusters by Simple and Savory
- Strawberry Dust Grilled Pork Tenderloin by Gluten Free Crumbley
- Strawberry Granola with Dried Strawberries by Dizzy Busy and Hungry
- Strawberry Pancakes Recipe by Life Tastes Good
- Strawberry S’mores by The Crumby Cupcake
- Strawberry Frosted Baked Cardamom Donuts by The Chef Next Door
- Strawberry Mocha Yogurt Smoothie by Casa de Crews
- Strawberry Parfait by Desserts Required
- Strawberry Smoothie Bowls by Family Foodie
- Strawberry Swirl Coffee Cake by Renee’s Kitchen Adventures
- Balsamic Pickled Strawberries Sundae by A Mind “Full” Mom
- Pickled Strawberry Pepper Feta Salad by Go Epicurista
- Shortcake with Vanilla Bean Pickled Strawberry by Authentically Candace
- Sparkling Strawberry Cocktail by Sunday Supper Movement
- Strawberry Detox Vinegar Drink by Cricket’s Confections
- Tuna Burger with Pickled Strawberry Relish by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
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