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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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Risa Jacobson says …

I'd make your strawberry-lemon soda.

molly says …

I would enjoy strawberries right out of the pack - coming from whole foods I know they will be fresh, clean, and ready to eat right away. I may sprinkle them with sugar or dip them in chocolate, but I would not want to harm their freshness or use them in recipes where other, lower quality berries could be used. I always use my whole food purchases for only the best recipes, which is what i strive to make everyday.

Sharon says …

Limitless strawberries? Oh my, the mind boggles...I would wash, hull and eat the delicious, magical berries morning (cereal, yogurt); noon (salads); night (desserts with or without licquers); snacks (smoothies). There's nothing like a good strawberry. I'm a natural redhead and love to pick them, eat them, share them. Please pick me! Thank you.

Amanda T says …

I would have a day full of strawberry meals, starting with a huge strawberry milkshake. I'd then make Strawberry Shortcake (amazing recipe found here: http://simplyrecipes.com/recipes/strawberry_shortcake/) For lunch, I would make a fruit salad with...mostly strawberries. Then for dinner, I would make a Strawberry Jam, and have PB&J sandwiches with a Strawberry filled Angelfood cake for dessert.

patricia infozino says …

As soon as i could eat enough strawberry s without getting sick, I would simmer a large pot with just enough sugar to make them sweet but not overly. Then I would put them is zip lock bags and jars to be used for any recipe that calls for strawberries . Smoothies for protein shakes before a work out. Oatmeal in the morning. Low fat strawberry muffins. Glazes for grilled meats. and last in the middle of a strawberry shortcake.

Jen says …

Mmmmm, strawberry ice cream for my 7 year olds birthday party!!!

Charles says …

A recipe for nearly every seed washed. Jams jarred high and noted off for neighbors and friends. Dreamfulls.

Alison says …

Step 1: take knife and remove green top. Step 2: Insert into mouth. And then repeat. Though the best would be to make a belgian waffle, and then slice some strawberries on top, then top it with some whipped cream. the best!

Jim Dewey says …

I would indulge in a strawberry, banana and orange smoothie at breakfast, then a strawberry, blueberry, acai berry smoothie for lunch (with soy protein powder), and then after dinner a bowl of vanilla and chocolate Almond Dream with sliced strawberries on top for dessert.

Lynne says …

I would definitely dip some in chocolate, but then I would get down to some serious baking business - I have a delicious strawberry bread recipe. I make several loaves every year after we go picking. And last year for the first time I made a strawberry pie with pudding & white chocolate - to die for! Last but not least, fruit pizza - fresh strawberries a top a sweet cream cheese spread on a sugar cookie "pizza" dough - yum!! Oh yeah, & strawberry jammmmmmm!!!!!

Shelsea Harwood says …

My family would eat most of the strawberries fresh from the container. The rest would be used for strawberry pizza, strawberry covered pancakes, and chocolate covered strawberries! If there were any left after that, some strawberry jam would be fun to make.

Paul says …

I would probably eat strawberries until my teeth turned red. Then I would make fruit salad, jam, and anything I could think of with strawberries in it. Then I would invite everyone over for a strawberry jamboree? Well, I thought that was going to sound clever, but it didn't.

Amanda says …

this is really hard! I would make a beautiful strawberry shortcake in remembrance of my Grandpa who passed last January. There was no other cake he would eat! Happy birthday May 8th Grandpa Bob!!!!!! Thanks for letting me share Whole Foods!

Alicia says …

I would have a strawberry party, with everything strawberry. Fresh strawberry pie topped with real whipped cream, strawberry scones, strawberry infused water, strawberry jam, strawberries and chocolate fondue, a strawberry cake, and strawberry/lemon sorbet. YUM!!! Any leftovers (like there'd be any) would go into the freezer for a yummy morning breakfast smoothie.

Dee B says …

In addition to all of the above, I would also dehydrate some for munching on later - takes up a lot less space than freezing.

Nancy Azami says …

I absolutely love strawberries; I prefer them fresh, however I even love frozen strawberries. I grew up in the Aleutian Islands in Alaska, and didn't have my first strawberry until I was approximately 10 years old, before then I thought canned strawberries were great! I like just eating strawberries all by itself, or on strawberry shortcake; strawberry ice cream/milkshake and best of all strawberry margarita!

Alison says …

I'd make jam, freeze some, and give my husband fresh ones.

Lily says …

I would eat majority of them as is. Then perhaps freeze some and use them to make fruit smoothies.

Janet says …

We would try to recreate the amazing batch of strawberry jam of 2008 that we dreamed about daily but have never been able to duplicate.

Danielle Johns says …

Smoothies, ice cream, jam, sliced on a salad, served over pound cake.... I could go on an on....

shannon says …

i would make baby food for my little guy and then i would have to dip the rest in chocolate ;)

steve says …

DIP THEM IN CHOCOLATE, OF COURSE!!

Paula says …

I would make an organic whole wheat strawberry pie. I would also dust a touch of flax on the top!

Lola says …

I'd host a Chocolate-Covered-Strawberry-party with a few friends & their children, have the kids wrapped them in colorful foil, (eat some with the kids)and ask them to give some away to who ever they wish. I'd also have the children mash them and make strawberry ice-pops.

Alma Ruth says …

My son absolutely, absolutely, LOVES Strawberries! - He can have them his fresh banana milk shake but he prefers them just cut out and cold! Thank you for asking! (He is only 4)

Charlotte says …

Frozen strawberry pops and strawberry lemonade — great for when the weather turns hot!

suz says …

Homemade strawberry ice cream...yum!

Alice says …

Take an Angel Food Cake Mix...add 1 can crushed pineapple with juice...NOTHING ELSE! Mix according to box instructions. Pour into bundt pan. Bake as directed on box. Cool according to box instructions. Clean, hull and quarter strawberries. Add 1/4 cup sugar. Refrigerate until needed. Stir strawberries often to coat with juice. To serve: Cut cake into wedges. Spoon on strawberries with juice and top with dollop of Cool Whip. Nice cool, summer treat.

Bonnie C says …

One of the most unusual uses for strawberries That I've had was a strawberry omelet. It was just strawberries folded into a plain omelet, and it was good. I might change it by adding a bit of sugar to the eggs, and maybe macerate the strawberries before adding. Mint would be nice also.

lydia says …

I'm a purist, I love a wild strawberry caught in the wild and eaten straight from the plant!

Lindsey says …

Arise early Make a strawberry & soymilk smoothie to be drunk in the warm morning sun. Thin slices for lunch with an sandwich and completely homemade strawberry lemonade. Also in the sun. For dinner: homemade strawberry dressing on a spinach and walnut salad with friends, iced tea, and finally moist chocolate cake topped with strawberries.

Joan says …

Strawberries fresh and slightly cool are good. Frozen strawberries are great in smoothies. Strawberry jam is good during the summer.

Eve says …

I prepare strawberries by cutting a basketful of fresh strawberries in quarters, squeeze fresh lemon juice on them and sprinkle with brown sugar. It is quite refreshing to the palate... Top off with whip cream and/or crème fraiche (optional)

TStarr - Berry ! says …

Haiku 'Ode to Strawberry Innocence Strawberry Shortcake! Forever gone, Heart ached For Those Strawberry Fields or Ode! To Strawberry Heart aches, Long lost lover of Lonely Starr-Berry : ) or Red luscious lips, Oh! Sweet warm forgiving and fresh Naughty Strawberry

Alka B says …

I'll dip some in chocolate. Make smoothies and a strawberry shortcake.

Meriah says …

I would have to work quickly to keep up with my kiddoes who would be downing them as they were! My strawberries would go into strawberry-currant jam, smoothies, and as a topping for all kinds of goodies like waffles, cakes, and salads.

Jen W says …

I would make tons of jam for my son-who can't eat the HFCS stuff-and we would make some for our friends too!

Ilana says …

As strawberries are far and away my favorite fruit, I would share my love with everyone I know and care about in new and inventive ways every day. Finding a new use for my precious berries for each meal, I would ensure that every person was able to discover the method of strawberry preparation that they most enjoyed. Already on my list: strawberry & greek yogurt parfaits, strawberry salad with creamy goat cheese and slivered almonds, strawberry salsa as a cool complement to grilled swordfish, strawberry slices on top of a thin egg-white crepe sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar for a delicious and healthy dessert or breakfast, and of course the best of all - the fresh berries, straight from the fridge, with a dollop of homemade whipped cream!

Jen K says …

Really, my favorite thing to do with a kitchen full of strawberries is to eat them as is. I don't need chocolate or fancy desserts to love strawberries. But if I had to actually create something with them, I'd make strawberry goodies my mom taught me. Strawberry shortcake, strawberry jam, and this strawberry mousse dessert using lady finger sponge cake. Each reminds me of my childhood and makes me smile at the memories I have of my mom.

Kate says …

I would fill my freezer with jam and frozen berries. Then, I would bring them out in the dark, cold days of January to remind myself of the tastes of summer.

Katie Williams says …

If I had an entire kitchen full of strawberries, I would hull out the middle and fill them with strawberry jello shooters. Everyone's invited!

Priscilla says …

I'd throw an "everything strawberry" themed party where guests could drink strawberry margaritas & daquiris. There would be a chocolate fountain for dipping. Homemade strawberry sorbet. Smoothies for the non-drinking/health conscious. Fresh green salads w/ strawberries make a great flavor combo. Strawberry preserves and shortcake. Yum!!!

Don Thompson says …

The juxtaposition of flavors can make a dish stand out. That certainly is the case with one of my favorite desserts...and includes copious amounts of fresh strawberries. It is deceptively simple...and when pressed for time...it has saved me at numerous dinner parties. Every person who I have served this dish swears it is their favorite! Start with delightfully fresh strawberries...sliced in individual bowls...add your favorite vanilla ice cream (personally I use the vanilla bean Italian gelato from Whole Foods). Gelato has no air mixed in so it is luxuriously rich, smooth and dense...perfect for strawberries! Now, break out the very best balsamic vinegar you can buy...I keep a variety on hand...you can always find a good 12 year old aged balsamic at Whole Foods. I collect and use balsamic vinegars as I do wine...so I have some 20. 30 even one 80 year old vinegar that costs $145 an ounce! Anyway, the basic 12 year old is slightly thick...beautifully aromatic..and tangy! Now laced the top of the strawberries and gelato or ice cream with the balsamic vinegar...yes...that's right...don't knock it until you've tried it! Remember, the juxtaposition of flavors is key! But we're not finished. Now, take your pepper grinder...yes, I said pepper grinder...and coarse grind fresh pepper over the top. Serve and stand back for compliments that will amaze you! This is a seriously great dessert...and I've had people absolutely giddy over trying it! Enjoy!

Mary M-M says …

Wow! If I had a whole kitchen full of strawberries, I'd breathe the aroma in first. I love the smell of fresh strawberries. Then, I'd get my husband to help me wash and pit about half of them. I eat so many as I go, I end up with about 1/2 - 2/3 of what I start with. I'd put the clean berries into bowls and get them in the refrigerator fast. Then, I'd make a couple of strawberry pies--1 for us & 1 for Mama. Then we'd eat on the berries for the next few days. Really I can eat just the berries all day and be totally happy. The other half, I'd give some to my brother and sister. That would make a great birthday present for them and add to Mama's Mother's Day. I'd give some to anyone that hired my husband too, or a pie, their choice. Then, I'd give some to my neighbors. I would even try dark chocolate-covered strawberries for the first time to celebrate this great treat. If I had any left, I'd freeze them for later.

Vivian Taggard says …

With THAT many strawberries, my choice would be to make several batches of strawberry jam. Homemade is soooo good!

Shannon says …

Did someone say strawberries? Yum! With a kitchen full of strawberries, the first thing on my mind would be jam. Ofcourse they MUST be sampled first, so many of them would end up my families bellies. Then onto making shortcakes, pies, and using them in the BEST salad in the world - a strawberry spinach salad. Then I would HAVE to eat them with my salmon, and make some ice cream. If I had any left after this, I would freeze them for later in the summer, or for in the middle of winter when a taste of spring would be very welcome.

Caitlyn says …

In my berry dreams, I'd: make some quarts of jam (instead of just pints!); dehyrdate tons of sliced berries (so nice for snacks!); and freeze some mushed up, for putting over pancakes in winter.

Sherrie Haldeman says …

A kitchen full of strawberries would remind me of my childhood and beyond. I use to work on a strawberry farm picking strawberries! My family and I would make strawberry jelly, strawberry syrup, use some to make strawberry muffins and bread, add to salad and of course make some yummy chocolate covered strawberries!!! Boy that gift card could really come in useful at my house!!

Katharyn LeDoux says …

Last week's Friday special: $1.99 a pound for organic strawberries sent me flying to Portland's Whole Foods. I make my own fruited oatmeal and have been adding frozen organic strawberries over the winter up until I bought pounds of the fresh ones on sale. I sliced up many of the big berries and added them to the oatmeal, along with other fruits. It was so delicious; it was not only breakfast but served as great snack/dessert too. YUMMY!

Caiti L says …

Whenever I buy strawberries, I load up. I cut up a bunch to dry, freeze many others, and then use the ones I keep fresh to make baked goods, as well as to top off my soy yogurt, cereal, apple sauce, etc. Yummmmm!!!

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