Strawberries are a telltale sign that summer in Ontario is in full swing! These juicy gems are widely used in jams, pies, salsa, and perhaps a fresh topping for French toast on a Sunday morning – yum!
However you enjoy strawberries, you can be assured that not only will they deliver on taste but will also provide you with Vitamin C, as well as potassium and iron.
How To Pick Strawberries:
Choose strawberries that are bright in colour, plump, and still have their green leafs attached. Avoid berries that are mouldy, soft, or shrivelled. To tell if strawberries are sweet, give them a smell – if they are sweet, they’ll have a strong, sweet smell.
How To Store Strawberries:
The best way to store them is in a single layer, unwashed, in a paper towel-lined container in the refrigerator. They should last two to three days.
When they are in season, buy extra and freeze them. Spread washed and hulled strawberries in a single layer on a baking sheet and freeze until solid, about 30 minutes (this freezes them individually so they won’t stick together). Then transfer them to an airtight container and freeze for up to 3 months.
How To Prepare Strawberries:
Wash under cold water and gently dry before hulling. “Hulling” means to remove the cap of the strawberry – leafy green stem and white flesh under the stem
A paring knife (small knife) is the best knife to use to hull and slice strawberries.
1 pint = 1 ½ to 2 cups sliced.
Kary’s Strawberry Tips:
- Making a strawberry pie? Make sure your berries are dry first. The best way to dry strawberries after they’ve been washed, is to let them drain upside down on a paper towel for half an hour or so.
- If you want to dry a lot of strawberries quickly, give them a spin in a salad spinner.
- A plastic straw can hull a strawberry. Just push the straw through the berry, from the bottom to the top – great job for little kids to do!
- To make chopped strawberries extra juicy, toss them with a little sugar, stir, and set aside for 1o minutes. The sugar will draw out the strawberries natural juices, making it the perfect topping for angel food cake or ice cream.
What Do Strawberries Go Well With?
Strawberries Go Well With: almonds, bananas, berries, caramel, cardamom, champagne, cheese, cinnamon, cream, ice cream, custard, honey, lemon, lime, grand mariner, mascarpone, melon, mint, orange, peaches, pepper, pineapple, kiwi, sour cream, cream cheese, graham crackers, sugar, and vanilla.