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 for strawberries, 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.
How to Store Strawberries
- Fresh strawberries should be cooled as soon as possible after purchasing and stored in the refrigerator until ready to use. The ideal temperature for strawberries is between 32 and 36 degrees. Store them in the crisper drawer of the refrigerator to make sure they reach the right temperature!
- Because they are highly perishable, fresh strawberries should be used as soon as possible to ensure the best flavor and appearance. Strawberries can be stored for up to seven days, but ideally should be eaten within three to four days after you purchase them.
- Store your fresh strawberries in their original plastic clamshell container, or in a partially opened plastic bag.
- Be absolutely sure that you do not wash or remove the caps of your strawberries until you are ready to eat them! If you wash and cut them before storing, your strawberries will lose flavor, texture, and even nutrients.
- Fresh strawberry flavor is best at room temperature. Before serving, remove them from the refrigerator for about an hour or two, but remember: don’t wash them or remove their caps until you plan to eat them.
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 produce 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!
Freeze strawberries whole or sliced and use the frozen berries in place of fresh ones throughout the year. Here are just a few of our favorite recipes that use frozen berries:
Strawberry Smoothie Bowls
Strawberry Smoothie Bowls are a nutritional and delicious way to start your day! Family Foodie made this recipe with frozen strawberries, so it’s easy to make year-round!
Strawberry Swirl Coffee Cake
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! Dried strawberries are ideal for baking. Keep them on hand for things like cakes, quick bread, and cookies. Try some of our favorite recipes using dried strawberries…
Strawberry Pancakes Recipe
There’s nothing quite like starting your day off with pancakes! We recommend this Strawberry Pancakes Recipe from Life Tastes Good. The batter is mixed with dehydrated strawberries, giving it an extra pop of strawberry flavor!
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! You’ll love our recipes using canned strawberries!
Strawberry Vanilla Jam
One of the best ways to preserve your strawberries is to make a jam! We make ours into Strawberry Vanilla Jam, made with vanilla bean.
Strawberry Cheesecake Icebox Pie
Food Done Light uses chia seeds, instead of pectin, to make the strawberry jam used in this Strawberry Cheesecake Icebox Pie! This is an easy no-bake dessert that you’ll be glad you saved your strawberries to make.
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. Be sure to try our favorite recipes using pickled strawberries!
Balsamic Pickled Strawberries Sundae
Pickled balsamic strawberries are the highlight of this Balsamic Strawberry Sundae recipe from A Mindful Mom! Rich, syrupy balsamic is the perfect counter to sweet strawberries, and it’s all pulled together with maple and vanilla.
Sparkling Strawberry Cocktail
How to Preserve Strawberries
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