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You know the scenario: you're at the market, the strawberries blush and cajole, and you buy 10 billion of them. Three days later they threaten to mold, leaving you regretful and panicky. What the hell are you going to do with 6, or 8, or 10 baskets of strawberries? Fear not, gentle soul. I've consulted Jennie Schacht, author of the recently published Farmers’ Market Desserts (Chronicle Books, 2010) for ideas.
Here's what Schacht suggests:
- Blend berries with a generous amount of lemon juice, sugar to taste, and a little fresh mint to create a refreshing strawberry lemonade. Dilute with water as needed.
- Puree berries with honey and lime juice until smooth, then freeze in popsicle molds.
- Cut berries into thin slices, then dehydrate them.
- Cook berries with a bit of sugar and lemon juice and turn into a quick strawberry freezer jam.
- Gently rinse and hull berries, then lay them out on a towel you don’t mind staining. (Paper towels work, too.) Freeze in a single layer on a baking sheet. Once frozen, pack into a zipper-top plastic bad to keep on hand for smoothies or sauces.
- Whirl frozen berries in your blender with a little sugar and a dash of lemon juice for an instant strawberry sorbet.
Want more ideas? Farmers' Market Desserts has recipes for Goat Yogurt Panna Cotta with Balsamic Strawberries, Strawberry Buckwheat Tea Cake Roll, and Strawberries & Cream Cake Roll.
What's your favorite way to eat strawberries? Chime in below!