Strawberry season is finally here!
I love going to pick strawberries at a u-pick farm here in central North Carolina, McAdams Farm.
If you haven’t been to a u-pick farm, you should go try it. Strawberry picking is great exercise, and an outdoor activity the whole family can enjoy. Kids especially love it.
To keep fresh-picked strawberries longer, (1) Store in the refrigerator, and (2) Wash and cut immediately before using, rather than doing it ahead.
I love eating strawberries by themselves, but also enjoy using them in recipes. Here are a few favorite recipes that I wanted to share with you – Strawberry Muffins, High-Protein Vitamin-Packed Strawberry Smoothie, Strawberry Champagne Vinaigrette Dressing, Homemade Whipped Cream (to dip your berries!), and 30-Minute Strawberry Freezer Jam.
The u-pick farm I go to also sells lettuce this time of year. There’s nothing like a farm-fresh green salad with cut up freshly picked strawberries and the homemade Strawberry Champagne Vinaigrette Dressing! For a delicious meal, you can add grilled chicken to your salad, and one of these Strawberry Muffins on the side.
Strawberry Muffins – regular or gluten-free
By Michelle Rogers
Make these yummy treats regular, dairy-free, or gluten-free!
- 1 cup milk (or coconut milk)
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 1 egg
- 2 cups all-purpose flour, or gluten-free flour (see my recipe here)
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 3 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup fresh strawberries, hulled, and chopped into small pieces
Heat oven to 400 degrees. Spray 12-muffin pan with spray oil, or line with baking cups. Beat milk, oil and egg. Stir in flour, sugar, baking powder and salt, just until moistened. If batter is too thick, add more milk. Fold in strawberries. Fill muffin cups with batter, using an ice cream scoop. Bake 18-20 minutes. Let set for about 5 minutes, then remove from pan, and cool on rack.
Makes 12 muffins, 188 calories each. Nutrition Facts
High-Protein, Vitamin-Packed Strawberry Smoothie
By Michelle Rogers
In a blender, blend until thick:
- 2 cups fresh strawberries, hulled
- 2 scoops vanilla flavored whey protein powder
- 1 tablespoon ground chia seed (optional)
- 1 packet of Raspberry flavor Emergen-C (optional)
- 1-2 cups of ice cubes
- 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut milk, almond milk or regular milk
Makes 4 servings, 94 calories each. Nutrition Facts
Here’s another of my berry smoothie recipes you’ll like.
Strawberry Champagne Vinaigrette Dressing
By Chef Keith Rogers
This dressing is a delicious addition to your favorite tossed salad. Top with sliced strawberries.
In a small food processor or blender, blend:
- 1 cup strawberries, hulled
- 1 small shallot
- 2 tablespoons agave nectar or honey
- 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
- Juice of 1 lime
- 1/4 cup champagne vinegar, or white wine vinegar
- 1/2 cup grape seed oil
Season with a dash of kosher salt and white pepper to taste.
Keep refrigerated, and use within four days.
Makes 8 servings, 85 calories each. Nutrition Facts
Easy homemade whipped cream
Homemade whipped cream is SO EASY to make, and tastes 10x better than the stuff in the plastic tub or spray can! Here’s how to make it:
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- 3 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Using the whisking beaters on your mixer, beat cream until it begins to thicken. Once slightly thickened, add the confectioners’ sugar and vanilla. Continue beating until soft peaks form. Keep refrigerated.
30-Minute Strawberry Freezer Jam
Recipe from Kraft
This freezer jam is simple to make — no canning is necessary!
- 2 cups crushed strawberries (1 qt. fully ripe strawberries)
- 4 cups sugar, measured into separate bowl
- 3/4 cup water
- 1 pkg. Sure-Jell Fruit Pectin
- Rinse 5 (1-cup) plastic containers and lids with boiling water. Dry thoroughly. Remove and discard strawberry stems. Crush strawberries thoroughly, 1 cup at a time. Measure exactly 2 cups prepared fruit into large bowl. Stir in sugar. Let stand 10 min., stirring occasionally.
- Mix water and pectin in small saucepan. Bring to boil on high heat, stirring constantly. Continue boiling and stirring 1 min. Add to fruit mixture; stir 3 min. or until most the sugar is dissolved. (A few sugar crystals may remain.)
- Fill containers immediately to within 1/2 inch of tops. Wipe off top edges of containers; immediately cover with lids. Let stand at room temperature 24 hours. Jam is now ready to use. Store in refrigerator up to 3 weeks or in freezer up to 1 year. (If frozen, thaw in refrigerator before using.)
Makes 72 servings. Serving size: 1 Tbsp., 45 calories.
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