Tuesday, March 27, 2012

It's Strawberry Season!

There are few things that the heat in Florida is good for with the exception of strawberries.  I love this time of year.  I almost feel bad for others across the country who have to get strawberries shipped to them because they are no where near as fresh and sweet as we get here.  We take our strawberries pretty serious.  Heck, my daughter's school is named Strawberry Crest for crying out loud.   
Every year, Wish Farms comes out to the University and sells these beautiful strawberries as a scholarship fundraiser.  It's a big hit and it draws crowds for two days straight.  I was sure to get mine early.  Of course, my husband thought I was crazy when I bought a whole flat and wanted to know what I was going to do with all of them.  Oh, I have plans!
 First up...strawberry shortcakes!
It's time to start preparing those berries.  First, cut off the top (make sure you use a sharp knife). I know this may seem like it wastes a little of the berry, but I have guinea pigs that love to eat the tops and I'm more about time when I have a whole flat.
Then, lay the berry on the flat side you just cut.  This will keep it from rolling away and allow you to slice easily. See how pretty the come out?
Did you know strawberry create their own juice?  Put the berries in a container and sprinkle with sugar.  The amount depend on how much juice you want and how sweet you want it.  I cut up two pints and covered with 1/4 sugar.  

Put a lid on it and let it set in the refrigerator.  It doesn't take long for the sugar to pull the juice out.  Look how much is here after an hour.  We waited a total of 2 hours and just couldn't stand it any longer.
We picked up some shortcake bowls from the grocery store, because we were so impatient.  They aren't the best for you and I'm sure homemade pound cake would be awesome, but this is a quick and easy way to get those kids some cake!  We also like these juiced berries on Angel Food Cake.  Yum!
Put it in a bowl.  Cover with the juice and strawberries and then top with whipped cream.
You can also add ice cream if you like.  
Kourey likes hers without whipped cream.
Are you ready for strawberries now?  Next time I'll post my strawberry pie recipe...it's amazing!
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