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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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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
Wendi Matt says ...
One thing I would do is try to make home made strawberry ice cream. I also found a recipe online to make your own yogurt and that seems pretty interesting as well. A friend of mine makes a really good strawberry cake and I would use her recipe. Is it bad that all of my uses involve dessert?? I bought the strawberries from simpsonville (the whole foods in gville, sc) this past weekend and I'm super excited about buying local strawberries!!
05/03/2011 3:29:11 PM CDT
Laura says ...
Oh, goodness. I l-o-v-e strawberries and would eat them all. day. long. if I could. If I had a bunch of them, though, I'd find a great strawberry jam recipe and make a bunch of it to keep in the pantry or freezer - none of that high-fructose corn syrup for me!
05/03/2011 3:31:48 PM CDT
Teresa Hemsworth says ...
I would start the day with strawberries in my cereal, then prosecco all day long, a salad with goat cheese and arugula with strawberries(of course).....mini tarts with homemade whipped cream
05/03/2011 3:39:10 PM CDT
Jesika says ...
Honestly? I'd eat them right out the container on a daily basis. I love fresh strawberries. If I could actually afford that many on a regular basis I'd easily go through a 1/2 pound a day, if not more. I like to put them in cereal, salads, water (frozen instead of cubes with a lemon slice ^_~) and PIE! My hubby makes a fantastic strawberry-rhubarb pie. Oh the pies we would make!
05/03/2011 3:45:25 PM CDT
Wendy says ...
I bought 2 large containers of strawberries the other day at one of the Whole Foods in Austin. I used one of the containers for making a gluten free, dairy free "Strawberry Cheesecake". It turned out delicious!!! The other container I used for making a smoothie mixed with the water and meat from a fresh young coconut. Then poured them into ice trays. What a great treat for my 2-year old daughter and I on a warm sunny day in Austin!
05/03/2011 3:48:37 PM CDT
Pia says ...
Strawberry Jam is my favorite thing, hands down. I've been dying to make my own and use agave nectar instead of sugar. I'm craving it already!
05/03/2011 3:55:59 PM CDT
-M says ...
I would make a strawberry rhubarb crisp!
05/03/2011 4:21:02 PM CDT
jesser says ...
Strawberry rhubarb pie for the world!!
05/03/2011 4:23:22 PM CDT
Chelsea says ...
Make a ton of strawberry salsa, strawberry daquiris, and have a Cinco de Mayo fiesta! Strawberry salsa has strawberries, bell peppers, jalepenos, OJ, lime juice, and cilantro. It's great on grilled chicken or just with chips!
05/03/2011 4:25:06 PM CDT
Katherine says ...
Strawberry pancakes!! with chocolate chips or blueberries for something snazzy
05/03/2011 4:38:12 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
Amy Mueller says ...
I would make a ton of strawberry scones! With vegan clotted cream and marmalade... oh wow, now I'm hungry!
05/03/2011 4:57:18 PM CDT
Kim says ...
We would make strawberry-nutella crepes for our school's picnic.
05/03/2011 4:58:16 PM CDT
Kiersten H. says ...
I would have strawberries and ice cream, and french toast and strawberries.
05/03/2011 4:58:29 PM CDT
Erin says ...
I would make Strawberry Scones with strawberry preserves (or strawberry cream cheese), and then for lunch have a Strawberry Spinach Salad (maybe with some grilled chicken for dinner)! Super yummy!
05/03/2011 4:58:29 PM CDT
Heather Davenport says ...
I would dip some in chocolate, make smoothies for my kiddos, make some strawberry bread, strawberry jam, and spinach and strawberry salad. Yummo!
05/03/2011 4:58:42 PM CDT
Kari says ...
I would put them all in front of my kids......let them help me clean and hull them and eat as many as they want while doing it!
05/03/2011 4:59:00 PM CDT
Gary says ...
Strawberry (organic of course) shortcake is my all time favorite dessert!
05/03/2011 4:59:07 PM CDT
erin hayes says ...
If I had a kitchen full of strawberries, I would make spinach salads and strawberries with fresh whipped cream for dessert. :) yummmmm!
05/03/2011 4:59:26 PM CDT
Crystal Brooks says ...
I would host a giant strawberry fight (roping off a section of town, where the participants would spend an alloted amount of time throwing strawberries at each other) in downtown Knoxville. Each entrant must pay an entry fee to participate in the fight and all the proceeds would go to the local farmers markets in the East Tennessee area and other charities supporting "buying local"!
05/03/2011 4:59:35 PM CDT
stephen says ...
I puree them and then freeze them in an ice cube tray. I can then drop a cube in a bowl of plain greek yogurt for a low sugar treat.. or just munch on a strawberry ice cube. :)
05/03/2011 4:59:37 PM CDT
Lucy says ...
Strawberry and goat cheese tarts for sure!
05/03/2011 4:59:38 PM CDT
susan loyacono says ...
I would love to add strawberries to the menu of my son's first birthday party!!!!! He can't have them til he is 12 months old. (23 days away, omg.)
05/03/2011 4:59:47 PM CDT
peter says ...
I love strawberries so id do it all! But id start with a smoothie for sure and with this heat a strawberry lemonade with fresh squeezed lemons. Then maybe a strawbery yogurt for a snack.
05/03/2011 5:00:04 PM CDT

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