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Talk Strawberry to Us and Win

By Anna Madrona, May 3, 2011  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Anna Madrona
I don’t know about you, but my fantasy of a perfect summer day would include strawberries for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Dipped in chocolate for a snack. With one or two in a late evening glass of Prosecco, to toast the magic of fireflies dancing on the lawn under June starlight while Strawberry Fields Forever plays in an endless loop in the background. Ahhh. Back to reality. In practical terms, this fantasy would require a lot of strawberries, especially if I wanted to share them with anyone else. What about you? What would you do if there were no limits to the strawberries in your kitchen? Tell us in the comment section below by May 18th and you just might win a $75 gift card—that’s enough to buy lots of organic strawberries for your own downhome Organic Strawberry Jamboree. We’ll pick one comment at random. Full disclosure—If you choose to use the gift card for strawberries only, that’s truly a lot of fruit to bring into your household at one time! If you’re the lucky winner, this might be a good time to invest in a strawberry huller! Need ideas for what to do with lots of strawberries? Try these recipes and also look in our stores for Strawberry Jamboree recipe cards. Strawberries will store for several days in the refrigerator, so you needn’t eat them all at once. Don’t wash them until you’re ready to eat, freeze or incorporate them into a recipe. If you’d like to freeze them, pull off the cap (that’s the hulling part, in case you didn’t know), give them a quick rinse, drain and pat dry, and place one layer deep on a cookie sheet. Place the cookie sheet in your freezer for a few hours. Once frozen, you can place the berries in a freezer container or bag to take up less space. Frozen strawberries are great in smoothies and can help make summer iced green tea and lemonade more festive. Celebrate our Organic Strawberry Jamboree with us and maybe you’ll be our big winner of a $75 gift card so that you can indulge in as many strawberries as you wish. Spill the strawberries in the comment section below by May 18th!

 

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Tonda says ...
I would eat them by the handful all day long while I was making jam and syrup and pie and salad and short cake...
05/08/2011 6:35:14 AM CDT
jules says ...
strawberries as a prize = winning! if there were no limits to strawberries in my kitchen i would learn many new fun recipes!!! :)
05/05/2011 2:19:33 AM CDT
lindsey says ...
hmmmmmmm a kitchen full of strawberries??? thats easy i would have a strawberry fiesta!! I would make strawberry jam, pie,smoothies,strawberry ice cream, strawberries dipped in dark,milk, and white chocolate!, strawberry shortcake and so on and so on!! I would invite my closest friends and pig out on all the strawberry delicious desserts I made!!!! That would be the day!!! yup!! I would never forget it!! lol!!!
05/05/2011 2:19:37 AM CDT
Valerie says ...
Sliced organic strawberries over a smear of cream cheese on a fresh sesame seed bagel would start the day. Mid morning second breakfast would be an organic milk,strawberry, vanilla whey powder smoothie. Lunch might feature a soft creamy two egg omelet with sliced strawberries folded in after cooking. Mid afternoon refresher, strawberries in a glass of sparkling wine or cider. Dinner? Spinach salad, with olive oil, wine vinegar dressing, garnished with fresh strawberries and toasted walnuts and feta cheese crumbles.And for a final send off, a parfait of plain yogurt, sweetened with stevia, strawberries and crumbled ginger cookies. That might be it unless I had a few whole strawberries with my camomile tea before bedtime.:-)
05/08/2011 11:47:37 PM CDT
Katelyn says ...
I would make strawberry shakes then eat a couple plain then make strawberry rhubarb pie then have a bowl of ice cream with strawberries and nutella.
05/05/2011 11:13:51 PM CDT
Meghan says ...
Everyone would get strawberries on their cereal (family of 5)! The kids would all get strawberries with lunch, and chocolate soymilk strawberry banana smoothies. Strawberries and cheese (a mild cheese) will make a great afternoon snack, and strawberries for dipping in freshly whipped cream for the lactose tolerant members of the household will be a great end of the day treat. The lactose intolerant members can have strawberries with chocolate hazelnut spread.
05/07/2011 11:58:24 AM CDT
Some Call It Natural says ...
I love strawberries with homemade whipped cream. I also make smoothies for the kids with frozen strawberries. Yum!!!
05/03/2011 11:15:08 PM CDT
Christine Bock says ...
I could take a bunch of them to the school where I work and volunteer and share them with my class...children do not get enough fresh fruit these days and this would be a great supplement to their snacks and lunches. And I'd have enough to make a few things for home too...strawberry shortcake, smoothies, slice some into our salads and snack on them freshly washed from the carton!
05/03/2011 11:21:28 PM CDT
Terrill says ...
First I would smile at the site of all those beautiful strawberries and then I would enjoy the simplicity of a good strawberry-warm, fresh eaten just like that. Then I would make all 3 meals have strawberry components and make sure I froze a few, roasted a few, sun dried a few, and pickled and jarred the rest!You cant go wrong with fresh strawberries!!
05/12/2011 6:41:07 AM CDT
Jim says ...
Strawbrries and real whipped cream is the best! For best "TASTE" results, slice the strawberries first, sprinkle with sugar to taste, place in the refrigerator until cold, then add to cream, or add whipped cream to strawberries - it's DELICIOUS!
05/11/2011 11:46:46 PM CDT
Ellen says ...
I would make a batch of my best strawberry wine, a few batches of strawberry ice cream, strawberry shortcake (of course), and jars and jars of my grandmother's strawberry jam.
05/10/2011 10:51:30 AM CDT
Anne B. says ...
I love strawberries! I would eat them plain or make strawberry smoothies.
05/04/2011 10:47:41 PM CDT
April says ...
I would make strawbery smoothies... all day. Yum!
05/06/2011 2:58:59 AM CDT
Diane N. says ...
(Sorry Whole Foods Market,...I found a typo at the bottom of my previous entry, please accept this as my final entry. Thank you!) If there were no limits to strawberries in my kitchen, I would love to share them with as many people who love the taste of a strawberry. Of course, it is quite easy to think of those you love first, ~family. I have two young nieces that have had food allergies since they were a baby, but love the taste of sweet fresh fruit, and thankfully they CAN eat fruit! I would definitely share with them as much strawberries that they can put in their little tummies. They would still be able to have their eyes glued to a Disney cartoon movie, and still eat a strawberry in its entirety. I would also love to share the gift of strawberries with my mother and other young niece and nephew, as I know it would be really good for their health. Talk about them antioxidants! But as I was writing about my young nieces’ food allergies, it crossed my mind about other children who also have food allergies and do not get to enjoy ice cream, or even a slice of cake at birthday parties, because most likely, the birthday cake and/or ice cream was made with dairy products. I have seen it in my young nieces sweet eyes, and the smile they would try to hold up as that slice of cake or bowl of ice cream is passed out to other children. It is heartbreaking as an aunt. Luckily, their parents would bring fruit snacks that they can eat (which can be bought at the store I love best: Whole Foods Market!, and have even come up with the solution in recent years of bringing “special” vegan cupcakes just for them, which I had myself, and it didn’t even taste “vegan.” But getting back to those strawberries, I would love to somehow make a tasty, yet healthy strawberry sorbet, without any preservatives or chemicals (because if you know me, I have a strong dislike for that in my skincare products, and of course the FOOD I buy! ;))…..and have a gathering for all children (with or without food allergies, and their families and friends,….(perhaps at Whole Foods Market?…as I don‘t think my landlord would allow it by my place) and provide a scoop of “all natural strawberry sorbet”in an eco-friendly paper cup (accompanied by an eco-friendly spoon - of course! ;)) for a small donation. All donations would then be given to a good cause, like St. Jude’s Children. Children learning to give to other children in a creative and thoughtful way is just something special, I think. And if I had the money, I would love to make colored balloons with ribbons, that would say, “Strawberry Sorbet for St. Jude’s Children,” and have these balloons passed out to each child as they waited for their scoop of "Strawberry Sorbet" to be handed to them.
05/06/2011 3:01:20 AM CDT
David says ...
Strawberries and whip cream with some spinkled sugar
05/05/2011 10:30:15 PM CDT
Jenna says ...
I would eat them in muesli, with spinach, cucumbers, and fig balsamic vinegar, over ice cream, and with pancakes. Snitching from the carton would, of course, accompany all of these dishes. Then I'd make enough freezer jam to fill half the freezer and freeze some whole for smoothies and stewed fruit to serve in place of syrup.
05/18/2011 1:57:36 AM CDT
Dasha says ...
I would make strawberry rhubarb crostata, balsamic strawberry jam, muddled strawberry margaritas, spinach+goat cheese+ strawberry salads...and eat them fresh with cocoa balsamic glaze!
05/03/2011 3:11:07 PM CDT
-M says ...
I would make a strawberry rhubarb crisp!
05/03/2011 4:21:02 PM CDT
Adfia Bristol says ...
I would scoop my favorite vegan vanilla ice cream and secretly add just a few bitesize strawberry bonbons in the mist, then I would drizzle it all with a strawberry puree and my lovely coffee chocolate sauce. Lastly, I would bake YisRoYal's Chocolate Chip Vegan Cookie Dough, then crumble it and sprinkle the crumbs on top of my Strawberry Sundae....MMMM Delicious
05/04/2011 10:43:58 AM CDT
Victoria says ...
I would eat them just the way they are!! Or maybe make a nice smoothie!! :D
05/06/2011 11:37:18 PM CDT
Kim says ...
I would just eat them straight out of the container - maybe with some canned whipped cream on top - YUM!
05/06/2011 11:47:41 PM CDT
nik says ...
Strawberry slices on peanut butter sandwiches is my favorite...I'd also make strawberry pie and jam, maybe a margarita or two, and of course just eat them all by themselves!
05/06/2011 2:17:50 AM CDT
Effie says ...
I would make strawberry jam and give it to senior citizens in our Church and in my neighborhood until it is all gone. Jam and Jellies can go a long way - all you need is some bread and you can almost make a meal out of it. We did when I was young. A pan of homemade biscuits, jelly or jam my mom made and sometimes that was lunch. Thanks for thinking of us.
05/04/2011 10:49:07 PM CDT
Ruth says ...
Organic strawberries! My memories of childhood strawberry picking - in our mom's patch on the sunny side of the house - have had my longing frustrated by the high toxicity on today's 'conventional' harvests. It costs more for organic ones--but, mmm! The taste is unbeatable too! If I had endless stawberries I would first eat them raw and whole, runny and juicey, glowing. Next, I'd invite my guests to cut them up with me, by hand. They are full of the Summer sun--so my first instinct is to indulge in them room temperature. Perhaps we'd layer them in parfait glasses with thin hazlenut or almond crisps. Maybe drizzle a little cream from the top, into this. A sprinkle of cardamom and cinnamon, or lime juice (with the hazlenut) or lemon (with the almond). A teeny-tiny pinch (a few grains) of curry powder or smoked paprika adds an alternate interest, believe it or not, making the sweet flavor stand out more. For a morning smoothie-- I'd get my can of Chia seeds out of the freezer, put one scoop of those into about 8 oz of tap temperature filtered water, stirring like crazy, watching the seeds do their 'magic' aggregation. They end up looking a lot like frogs eggs, a clear gel coating each one. Then I'd drop in hand cut strawberry wedges and a few halves, some wedges from a kiwi. A little lime juice. Later I would use some of the delightful agar agar or frozen recipes (like freezer jam, much less sugary!) Later, I'd be willing to pair my strawberries with chocolate or up against a lightly coffee'd cream. How about a homemade, lightly coffee ice cream with halves and quarters of ripe red organic strawberries, set off with a stirring in or topping of raw cocoa nibs? This would be another place to stir in some left over stale bits of fruit breads, especially delicately eggy ones like raisin challah or Easter bread. Or play a nice role as a layer in a Trifle. Add lots of ripe red juicey ones for the next layer!
05/03/2011 4:54:10 PM CDT
Christy says ...
Ahh...First, strawberries are my 4 year old's favorite thing to eat, so the majority would be eaten straight by him. I also love freezing strawberries for use in my son's morning smoothie and for frozen margaritas (for me and my husband of course). I also love making homemade strawberry ice cream! Ahhh, strawberries!!!
05/05/2011 9:15:53 AM CDT

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