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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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susan says …

homemade strawberry preserves...minus all the ickies of the storebought kind...for my sweet baby girls!

Emma says …

Everything from making whitening toothpaste from them to facial mask and of course eating them for every meal, including snacks. Can't go wrong with strawberries!

Ellen Bordman says …

I would make strawberry shortcake with homemade biscuits and homemade whipped cream. Then I would make some of that frozen strawberry jam.

Michelle Seipel says …

My kitchen is actually decorated with strawberries! They are my favorite!!! I would love to win! I would make strawberry smoothies (vegan of course), and I'd eat the strawberries fresh with maybe a dip of organic sugar! <3

Marie says …

I would make a yummy gigantic angel food cake topped with hundreds of whole foods fresh strawberries, whipped cream and vanilla ice-cream on the side! Of course I would invite my family, neighbors and friends to share. Many desserts for all in honor! :) Thank you for the fun contest!

Corey-Jan Albert says …

First things first - if they are perfect and ripe, wash them and eat them. Nothing better. Unless they're dipped in fresh vanilla whipped cream. Or dark chocolate. Or both. Or alongside some home-made vanilla ice cream Strawberries are delightful in a fresh, young-greens salad with raspberry vinagrette. Starting to go bad? Into the blender with pineapple juice and ice Or pineapple juice and coconut sorbet - with or without rum. Boil the last of them down with sugar and pectin to spread on bread. Or layer with fresh bananas between layers of chocolate cake.

Tiffaney Gruber says …

Oh my....where do I start?? The first berry would just get popped into my mouth right out of the container! Then, many would be bathed in chocolate, stirred with Splenda and spread over shortcake, and whipped into smoothies. Jam and jelly would be next followed by pie. Anything left would be dehydrated so that I could use them in my cereal,ice cream and cookies!

Summer DuPree says …

I love strawberries! There is so much I like to do with them. Strawberry and Nutella crepes are a must for breakfast. Fresh strawberry, banana and orange smoothies for a great snack. A simple, yet perfect, salad is fresh spinach, strawberies, goat cheese, and toasted walnuts with a balsamic vinegerette. I am also thinking of making a sweet strawberry and mango salsa soon... And of course I always have to dip a few in chocolate, and eat some all by themselves (maybe with a little whipped cream. Yum!)!

jamie says …

smoothies! my new favorite thing is frozen strawberries, almond milk, and truvia. so delicious, almost like a milk shake, but healthy :)

Suzanne says …

I'd make strawberry clafouti, strawberry-rhubarb crisp, and chocolate dipped strawberries... all perfect for a spring brunch buffet! And save some to freeze for smoothies - as my toddler won't eat fresh fruit (crazy little guy) but he loves his "red milk"!

Ashley Roberts says …

I would make lots of jam, freeze some for smoothies and ice cream, make some desserts like strawberry icebox cake, and of course, eat as many as possible fresh!

Shannon says …

I would eat them fresh out of the container, with my cereal, in my salads! Make BUNCHES of fruit salad :o) make strawberry cheesecake! And experiment tons of new recipes! I love, love, love strawberries!<3

mollie says …

I would freeze a bunch for future use in smoothies. Make ice cream, n dehydrate a bunch to make oatmeal- strawberry- white chocolate chip cookies

Angel Chere says …

Well last night I sprinkled sliced strawberries with sugar and let them juice while I made Sour Cream Cupcakes. Then I served the cupcakes upside down with strawberries and homemade whipped cream on top. It's about 80 degrees right now a Strawberry Smoothie sounds amazing. Think I'll do whip one up.

Amanda Johnson says …

I would make fresh smoothies for my kids every morning! Both of my kids LOVE strawberries (they should, they have strawberry blond hair!!) and want them every day as part of their meals. I'd also throw them on my salads, yogurt and cereal. What doesn't taste good with strawberries??

Kimberly Richardson says …

Vitamix: Coconut juice, Raw Cocoa nibs, one banana, fresh mint, raw vanilla bean and fresh strawberries blended. Poured into a wine glass, topped with coconut cream and shaved chocolate with another strawberry on top of course!!! And if that doesn't do it for ya'...lets make a gluten free white cake from Bob's Redmill and top with blended strawberries and honey...with a dollop of whipped ccoconut cream and YES, another Strawberry dipped in chocolate!!! For those that prefer to drink it: Perrier water blended with strawberries, mint and vanilla bean...yummy goodness! cheers! Kimberly richardson the pilates nomad!

Greta Barron says …

Oh. My. Gosh. A summer sea of strawberries would be amazing! First I'd make my grandma's strawberry rhubarb pie, then strawberry-mint infused water and strawberry-blueberry smoothies. A nice strawberry, walnut salad and some grilled strawberries for dessert. Nothing tastes more "summery" than fresh strawberries!

Sandyfeet says …

Definately Strawberry shortcake. With home made short cake and home made whipped cream. Yum !!

Darlene says …

OMG....I would~ wash them gently while eating every 3rd or 4th one. We'd recreate the wonderful honeymoon vacation of going to Bar Harbour, Cadillac Mountain, Jordans Pondhouse with Lobster Bisque and Popovers with Strawberry Jam...made by my husband. We'd have smoothies, shortcake, margarita's, strawberries with yogurt in the am....every.way.possible. Please, pick me. Forever grateful strawberry lover, Darlene <3

Fishes and Loaves says …

After making fresh pies, smoothies, crepes, shortcake etc and sharing it all with beloved friends and family I'd make some strawberry rum-pot to keep for christmas then can the rest in preserves. yum!!

LeeAnn @ Living the Dream says …

What wouldn't I do with a kitchen full of strawberries? I have three little girls who would go through four pounds a day if I'd let them. We'd have strawberry freezer jam, strawberry ice cream, strawberry and feta spinach salad, strawberry popsicles, strawberry yogurt smoothies, strawberry salsa, strawberry sundae/pancake/waffle topping, strawberry pie, strawberry cheesecake... (anyone else reminded of Bubba from Forrest Gump, "shrimp gumbo, shrimp creole, shrimp poor boys..."?). Oh and for mommy, some strawberry margaritas or daquaris after a long hard day of cooking and baking so many strawberry delights!

Christina says …

I am a strawberry loving kind of girl and would have a strawberry themed girls night in with strawberry based cocktails and desserts

Shaunna C. says …

My husband is originally from Romania and one of his fondest memories is making his own preserves with his grandparents. Now that we have a son, he has mentioned a few times that he would LOVE to make our own jam together as a family. I am pretty sure that we would have a blast making our own preserves. I can just imagine all of us covered in RED!!! Mmmmm delicious!

maggie bruno says …

i would make strawberry lemonade. strawberry pancakes. lovely mesclun mix salad with fresh strawberry vinegarette. use strawberry lemonade in frozen cocktails. finish with fresh strawberry sorbet and then shortcake!

Amanda Reichenbach says …

I would use them in salad, cake, pie, icecream, muffins, bread, and in my lemonade. But my family's favorite way to enjoy them is in smoothies!! Add bananna, yogert, and any other fruit and vegie that you can think of...yumm...

Alicia says …

Well, I would first make Strawberry Preserve Jam and Mason Jar distributed amounts for all my family and friends for all of the upcoming holidays! I would then put some in a bowl, with a small amount of Florida's Natural Crystals... maybe even some 365 whipped cream... and I would snack on them all day! Then I would wash and freeze a small amount of strawberries, to make BREAKFAST SMOOTHIES! I would then invite all my friends over for a fondue party... and we would have chocolate fondue and dip our strawberries! With the fondue, we will have NAUGHTY Strawberry Daiquiris... and when everybody leaves, they would be sent home with dried strawberry snack packs! The next day, I would make strawberries and rhubarb tarts... and strawberry shortcake! There would be strawberry cream cheese in the fridge! ...and to make things REALLY interesting, I will try to invent a strawberry hummus...but I'm not sure about that one. Strawberry filled crepes for breakfast the third day...

Heidi says …

I would make a strawberry sauce with blackberries. Ratio three to one, strawberries/blackberries, put in a pot with maple syrup and wildflower honey. Mash the berries, you can leave some whole on the side for presentation. This makes a wonderful dipping sauce for croissants, and to have with pancakes or vanilla ice cream. The combination of strawberries with blackberries is heavenly. Then, of course, I'd share it with friends.

Corie Robinson says …

First things first...slice a bunch of strawberries up and sprinkle them with sugar and let them be till after lunch. This way the sugar will have time to make an awesome strawberry syrup for strawberry shortcake. A mix of peaches, blueberries, strawberries and yogurt would make a great morning smoothie to start my day. That would give me just the boost I need to start on my famous cheesecake batter. My plan is to hollow out quite a few strawberries, fill them with cheesecake and dip them in dark chocolate with some edible red glitter to make them sparkle. Mmmmmmmmmm!

Jennifer says …

I literally eat them until my stomach hurts.

kristen johnson says …

breakfast: brie and fig jam stuffed french toast topped with Grand Marnier-macerated strawberries...lunch: baby spinach, strawberry, spiced pecan salad with a bacon-balsamic vinaigrette...dinner: grilled pork tenderloin with a strawberry-black pepper gastrique...and of course a strawberry daiquiri or martini to top it all off! dessert: duh...chocolate covered strawberries! YUMMMMMMMM

Natalie Sangalli says …

I love strawberries, nothing is better than a perfectly riped one! I like to cut them up and pre-portion them in one cup servings. I put them in my freezer for my breakfast smooties all year long. I also love to simply cut them up for a snack, and it is a great way to cut your craving for a more caloric dessert!

Elaine Sokoloff says …

Strawberries with a great balsamic vinegar and freshly ground black pepper!

Mollie Morris says …

Strawberry season marks the delicious beginning of summer and fresh food for me. I enjoy making homemade strawberry Margaritas (Cinco de Mayo is just around the corner!) with a touch of lime. Strawberry tarts with custard are wonderful. My favorite way to eat strawberries is by themselves with a big dollop of homemade sweet whipped cream. Yum!

Rachel says …

My favorite things to make with strawberries is: Strawberry lemonade, strawberry tarts, cold strawberry rhubarb soup, strawberry and jicama salads, strawberry smoothies and of course strawberry jam.

Rita Keller says …

I love strawberries, and eat them on a daily basis. I have them sliced up with my greek yogurt, I have them right out of the container. But I absolutely love them in Napoleon's with puff pastry topped with whipped cream!

Tom Zapfe says …

Strawberries Yum! There are several new things I would love to try with Strawberries, like combing them in a toss of sugar and Cilantro for snacking or to include in a salad. Lately what I have been doing with them is including them in my spinach salad with sunflower seeds and a strawberry vinegarette dressing. My favorite would be Strawberry Shortcake. Gotta go now made myself hungry!

Cary says …

Quick Berry Preserves (from your recipe archives)

Marion Surgent says …

Strawberry Salsa! I eat it w/everything in the Spring/Summer. I even eat it alone as a cold soup!

Lor Gonyon says …

We eat strawberries every day. On pancakes< in cereal, in smoothies...I live with my three grandchildren, my daughter and her husband 3 years running now. We like our strawberries unadorned with sugar and carbs. They are never as sweet and good as when we can pick our own in-season.

Jen says …

Make some strawberry muffins, freeze some for smoothies (and for adding to soy yogurt for breakfast), chocolate dip some, and devour the rest mmmmmmm!

bethany tortis says …

Strawberry martinis. I would muddle those beautiful berries to a gorgeous red pulp- strain to get the little seeds out and add some really good vodka- perhaps some Grey Goose or Ketel one....pour into a beautiful sugar rimmed glass and of course add the most perfect strawberry in the bunch for garnish! Happy Mother's Day to me!! ;-)

Stacy Miller says …

If there were no limits to the number of strawberries in my kitchen I might finally get to eat some myself. We buy organic strawberries, and as soon as they are in the house my ten year old seems to get to eat most of them!! If there were no limits to the number in my house I wouldn't feel guilty about having some myself!

Debbie says …

Since it's Teacher Appreciation Week it's only appropriate to share this wonderful treat with my kids teachers. My personal favorite is making strawberry pillows....phyllo dough...vanilla pudding...whip cream and most importantly strawberries. Every teacher deserves a treat and this is one worth sharing!

Rebecca Bochenek says …

I would slice them, dehydrate them and then add them to granola cereal, sprouted buckwheat cereal, "banana ice cream", anywhere that needed dried fruit.

Jaclyn says …

Nothing like a nice frozen strawberry margarita on a hot summer day! Margaritas all day long!

debbie streske says …

My favorite is delicious homemade strawberry ice. Simply muddle 2 cups of fresh strawberries- add to 2 cups simple syrup (equal parts water and sugar- dissolve over medium heat while stirring constantly, then allow to cool).Put in your icecream maker and VOILA! Fresh strawberry ice in less than an hour. No preservatives- you can freeze any left-overs in individual sized containers to enjoy later.So refreshing!

Michele Fayet says …

I always make strawberry jam or preserves!!!

cooking4carnivores says …

i'd make everyone this pretty party cake (with lots of strawberries of course) - http://www.cooking4carnivores.com/2009/04/strawberry-layer-cake.html

Trish says …

I would can them! I could make strawberry jam, strawberry syrup for my pancakes, and of course just freeze some to put in smoothies. I also have some rhubarb planted in my garden and I'd love to make a strawberry rhubarb pie...yum! I like to know what's in my food, and the best way to do that is to buy it fresh and unprocessed.

Wendi Phillips says …

My day would start with fresh strawberries in my protein shake, followed by sliced strawberries on my children's french toast. Around mid-morning our craft for the day would be to make strawberry creme popsicles to be eaten after our naps. At lunch we would have sandwiches with blueberry and strawberry parfaits. After nap time we would enjoy our creme popsicles while preparing a strawberry rhubarb pie for dinner. When dad gets home we meet him at the door with a fresh strawberry margarita. After dinner we all enjoy our warm pie with strawberry ice cream. Perfect day!

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