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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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Kim says …

I just made strawberry banana muffins today! Smoothies, strawberry shortcake with biscuits - not pound cake, dipped in chocolate, or my favorite...dipped in sour cream and then into brownulated sugar from Domino, are some of my most favorite ways to eat strawberries. When I was little, my grandmother had a huge summer fruit and vegetable garden and I used to love going to visit her and picking our own strawberries. I'm not sure many of them made it into the house, most went into our mouths!!

Patrice Keefer says …

I love Summer and I LOVE fresh organic Strawberries! Such an amazingly healthy fruit deserves to be drenched in the best organic dark chocolate and shared with family and friends. I would also LOVE to make my mother's famous Strawberry preserves and give them to families in need, as I believe very much that all of us NEED clean, fresh, organic produce more then ever these days! I would also make some amazing pound cakes and have a strawberry shortcake party with my Kids...FUN TIMES!!! = )

amber says …

I am ready to make strawberry preserves, strawberry muffins, strawberry ice cream and strawberry rhubarb pie. Bring on the berries.

Marie Bonaccorse says …

I would make snacks for my 11 month old twins and 2 year old! They eat them like their lives depend on it!

Lorie says …

I would make strawberry Smoothies, jam, chocolate covered, margaritas, stuffed with cream cheese and sprinkled with sugar... mmm

Debby Crowell says …

I would have a party that started in the morning with crepes covered with strawberries, mimosas and strawberries. Feeding my friends, whom I have adopted as family, until they became full and content. Then we would have a "guess the number of strawberries left in the fridge" and the winner would get to take some home with them. In the meantime we would start getting ready for some snacking of fresh fruits including more strawberries with some cheeese and crackers on the side. A punch with strawberries to keep us fresh and hydrated of course and everyone having a fabulous time. Dinner would be Strawberry shortcake, with corn syrup free vanilla ice cream and fresh whipped topping. All you can eat, and the more the better. Then everyone would kick back and relax, quietly talking about the lovely day we just enjoyed and wondering when we would all be able to get together and do it again.

Brenda says …

I can't waste them on a dessert when I love them so much in my breakfast. I could eat fresh strawberries in my oatmeal and amaranth every morning for breakfast with honey, almonds, maple syrup, coconut flakes...ohhh the possibilities are endless. Give them to me!!

jessica ortiz says …

I would eat them just the way they are mostly with my 2yr old son mostly but my other kids love them as well All 5 kids could enjoy a healthy snack everyday!! They can get expensive when you have such a big family to buy for. Then there is strawberry shakes, pies, ice cream, smoothie, and so on!!

Laura Miller says …

I'm all over some strawberry rhubarb cobbler! Nothing says Southern dessert like a strawberry.

Shalimar Zabanal says …

Strawberry fields forever! Strawberry margaritas for my entire apartment building....................... yum!

Nichole Fausey-Khosraviani says …

We would eat tons of them, just washed and hulled. Then we'd make strawberry kefir, and strawberry icecream. And we'd have to have strawberry shortcake--that's the law, afterall. :o)

Nancy McClymont says …

This strawberry blonde would take her strawberry-obsessed teens to Whole Foods with our handy dandy gift card (woohoo!) and our military-style plan of action on a clipboard. What's in the plan? All of the ingredients and amounts and preferred brands and prioritization of items for our very own strawberry fest! Invitations conceived, produced, and emailed to our most devoted Strawberry fans, we would reserve the menu info for those who RSVP. What might we include? Strawberry smoothies with bananas & kiwi, spinach salad with strawberries & feta, kabobs with melon & bacon, sorbet made with fresh mint, and dessert of strawberry tarts. Heaven! My Strawberry Girl and her siblings (Chefella, Mr Artist, and Cookie) will make sure the feast includes a variety of groovy tunes, cinematic pleasures, and fun activities (bobbing for berries anyone?) I can hardly wait to experience our own Strawberry Fields Forever!

Alexis M says …

Strawberry pie...lots and lots of strawberry pie. That was always my birthday request growing up and I still love it.

Traci Sherrill says …

If I had unlimited strawberries, I think would really get creative. I would absolutely, DEFINITELY make strawberry wine! We live near four vineyards here in the Ozarks, and wine-making is very popular, here. I would also freeze some to put on my morning yogurt, make smoothies, and strawberry daiquiris for girl's night. I would try adding them to salads and poultry dishes, too.

Wai Cheng says …

I love nature food. If I get a lot of strawberry, I can make strawberry smoothie, strawberry jam. The light color is more sour so it is prefect to eat with sweet stuff like short cake, cheese cake or ice cream. The strawberry in ruby color is more likely sweeter than others. I will enjoy it with added anything because I like sweet. It taste fresh and you can smell the strawberry. I feel luck to live after eating this.

Debbie Roberts says …

In my house, we all look forward to strawberry season! Each year, we get what seems to be (funny you should mention this!) an entire 'kitchen full' of organic strawberries. We make lots and lots of organic strawberry jam. We can it using the water bath method but we also make freezer jam which is unbelievably delicious....it tastes like you just put fresh picked strawberries in the jam! One of the nice things about making the jam is that my daughter and I do it together and we enjoy spending that special time together! We make enough jam so that we can enjoy it all year long, though I must confess, it rarely lasts that long, no matter how much we make. We also give gifts of strawberry jam to our friends and family during the holiday season....it's always a big hit! We love to eat fresh strawberries with sour cream or sometimes just sprinkled with a little sugar in the raw. We LOVE our strawberries!!!

Amy says …

A kitchen full of strawberries: I would freeze many for later on in the year when they are no longer in season. Make homemade strawberry short-cake and have a strawberry party for friends and family. Lastly make some fantastic homemade strawberry preserves to share with neighbors. ;)

Jenn says …

Strawberry margaritas, strawberry sauce for drizzling on angel food cake, fresh fruit salsa - with strawberries, strawberry-goat cheese, walnut salad, ricotta pancakes with strawberries, strawberry crepes, the list could go on. Oh - and of course I must make jam.

Cherrie says …

I don't do a lot of fancy things with strawberries, but if I had a room full of them? There WOULD be some serious Strawberry shortcake eating goin' on! And just EAT them...and freeze them and dry them for winter anti-oxidants. I love them in smoothies, and with a rhubarb recipe I have. YUM!

Chris Wheeler says …

First of all I would eat a bucket full. I love them. Then I would freeze some and share some. I love to take a graham cracker crumble it up and put strawberries over it that have been chopped up and then add a dab of coolwhip over the top.. That is a good healthy dessert. I love strawberry smoothies and I am wanting to dehydrate some to see how that works. I just love strawberries period! AND WHOLE FOODS. There is only one in the Birmingham, AL area and we drive over an hour to shop there. I can be in a bad mood , feel bad pull up and tell my husband." I FEEL SO MUCH BETTER" When you walk in the store the produce absolutely looks like a painting it is arranged so great, back in the fish department I have seen fish there as long as I am tall. I am amazed and I stay there a while looking at things and deciding what I want. Then I always have to get me a piece of bread and pour some olive oil over it. I always get me a bottle of Olive oil then I go finish the rest of my shopping while stopping to smell ALL THE WONDERFUL bath, soap and bath salts and decide what I am going to get. Then of course hubby always had to go find him a sample of cheese. We usually buy the cheese we sample because we love it. We do not eat a lot of junk BUT WE GET A COOKIE each.. We are skipping over to the cookie area like we are two big old kids. The people there are wonderful and we just have a good experience. Get in the car, laugh, listen to the radio and eat our cookie on the HOUR LONG trip to home!! I LOVE WHOLE FOODS..THERAPY!!!!! And the items are wonderful. There are things there you do not get anywhere else. JUST A HEAVEN ON EARTH.

Carla says …

Strawberries are a staple at my home. A favorite after school snack for my daughter, perfect to top my oatmeal in the morning, a perfect addition to my spinach salad or a batch of strawberry bread!

Bryant Verador says …

strawberries + chocolate fondue fountain = romantic fondue dessert for my significant other

K.Rogers says …

I would make my favorite strawberry dessert. Strawberries with balsamic vinegar and black pepper on top of an almond meringue.

Amy says …

My latest favorite thing to eat with strawberries is a spring salad with strawberries, walnuts and goat cheese topped with balsamic and olive oil. Then of course I would have to make some chocolate covered strawberries, and some homemade cupcakes with freshly crushed strawberries. My husband made a homemade strawberry margarita with fresh strawberries, agave, fresh lime, and tequila that was just to die for a few weeks ago...so that would be a must! We have been trying to grow strawberries in our garden, but haven't had much luck with the heat down here in AZ...so a whole kitchen of organic strawberries would be to die for!

Jenny Howell says …

I would take half of the strawberries and inject some w champagne and tip them all in chocolate. My son and I would eat way too many and bring the rest to the YWCA for the ladies and children to eat. Strawberries are a luxury that I would love to have and share!!

Helen Rogers says …

I just bought my first home. I'm excited to learn how to do things I grew up doing with my mom- canning, freezing and more! I want to make jellies and jams... I love to bake, so would make strawberry pies and cakes... and throw an incredible house warming party, complete with strawberry daiquiris! :)

Esteban V. says …

Strawberry smoothies & shakes for these hot summers in Venice Beach!

Annette Lindquist says …

I would make my family's favorite dessert. Chocolate cake with strawberries inside the cake and topped with a layer of chocolate ganache and topped with fresh strawberries.

Elizabeth says …

I would make strawberry-rhubarb pie, scones, and just by themselves with a little sugar.

Katrina says …

Strawberries are my favorite fruit. I especially love to eat them with organic vanilla yoghurt. I would use the strawberries to make fresh squeezed strawberry lemonade. I also love to bake and my newest found recipe is called Springtime Strawberry Bars. Organic strawberries in these bars would add a decadence to the bar. I also love to make strawberry shortcake. :) Thinking about dessert baking is making me hungry.

Therese T. says …

If I had a ton of strawberries, I'd give a lot to my husband to make strawberry wine with, then I might make the rest into smoothies an potentially ice cream, or use them to make strawberry jam.

jane bauer says …

I would dip some strawberries in white and regular chocolate. Make strawberry shortcakes with lots of whipped cream. Strawberry daquiris. Strawberries on my pancakes and in my cereal. Strawberry smoothies using Greek yoghurt. And just eating them plain!

Matthew Buoscio says …

Roast the strawberries in the oven for about 45 minutes at 375(just until the edges are starting to blacken). Add to your favorite white bread recipe with equal amounts of Humboldt Fog goat cheese. AMAZING!

Kim-Loan McDuffie says …

I would invite my neighbors over for a old-school strawberry party! People would make their own interpretation of what their favorite strawberry dish is, especially regional or cultural. I love experiencing new foods and cultures, how fun would a strawberry party be??

Jo says …

I'm a bit of a purist when it comes to strawberries. Just wash 'em, hull 'em, and eat 'em! :)

SarahK says …

I just got an ice cream maker, so strawberry ice cream would definitely be in the plans. The rest would go into a a few breakfasts' worth of protein smoothies, and jars to give away as Mother's Day jelly. Yum!

Alice Hogan says …

I love strawberries dipped in dark chocolate.

Stacy says …

I LOVE strawberries...hmm if I had a limitless supply, I would probably eat a lot more out of the container than would make it into recipes :) Love strawberry icecream and preserves and my all time favorite, sliced strawberries on angel food cake! YUM

Mary Karl-Gruswitz says …

I would make my family VERY, VERY happy! Right now we're waiting for good strawberries for strawberry lemonade. We also can always go for home-dipped dark chocolate strawberries! I love them mixed into yogurt and also juice them with ginger, lemon and kale. YUM!

Steven ralser says …

Eat them!

Jamee says …

I'd make sugar-free strawberry pie! I have a gluten-free, agave-sweetened pie crust made with almond flour so I would fill that crust with fresh strawberries. Top it off with sugar-free gelatin and sugar-free whipped topping. Mmmm!

carrie says …

Haha, that has been a dream for me and my nieces! I've never seen little girls want berries over candy. We would make smoothies to jam and just munch on them all day:)

Mary Karl-Gruswitz says …

ps. PLEASE pick us!!

Meghan says …

I'd make tons of strawberry pie!

Krista Varszegi says …

Dipped in whipped cream & then in coconut. Mmmm! Lots and lots of really good fruit salad with STRAWBERRIES! :)

Julie Celander says …

Strawberry my love I want to kiss you always your flesh you are you

Donna says …

My great grandmother would pick fresh strawberries from her garden then pour fresh cream on top. Simple. Sweet. Refreshing. Perfect.

Evelyn says …

The easiest and most delicious way to enjoy strawberries would be to dip one in sour cream, then roll it in brown sugar. It's incredibly scrumptious!

Maria Ayala says …

If I could my hands on all the strawberries I want, I would put them in my cereal for breakfast, I would dip them in chocolate for a snack, and I would cook them down to make a jam. I would make peanut butter and strawberry sandwiches! Then I would put some of that jam on some vanilla tart ice cream for dessert! I would make strawberry crepes and french toast topped with strawberries the next day for breakfast!

Natalia Budilo says …

I would begin my day with a bowl of sugared strawberries on vanilla flavored yogurt, delicious! The only way to make banana bread better is to add strawberries to the batter! I would then prepare to make strawberry jam or preserves - enough for 2-3 cases of jars. By noon this project would be finished. For lunch I would make myself a salad of baby greens, heirloom tomatoes, green onions, and lots of sliced strawberries - tossed with raspberry vinaigrette dressing and topped with candied pecans and goat cheese. I would float strawberries in a white zinfandel wine to accompany the salad. As the afternoon began, I would prepare to make 2 strawberry whipped cream rolls - Austrian recipe that is just fabulous! I would make a couple of strawberry pies - set into vanilla custard in a shortbread pie crust, glazed and mounded high! I would cut two baskets worth of berries into a 2 gallon container, add sugar and a gallon of vodka for a fantastic strawberry liquor that needs to season in a dark place for at least 2 months before serving...Next, I would cut berries in half and put them into my dehydrator to process for future uses. I do the same for the freezer. I sugar and bag strawberries for making syrups, jams, and margaritas! Then comes evening... I invite my neighbors to come by after dinner. I set everything up in the garden and we begin "Strawberry Night" I serve everything that I baked all day long, desert wines and strawberry truffles that I have made. The centerpiece is a gorgeous bowl of luscious strawberries! I send everyone home with a jar of jam. I have done this and it was great fun! I want to do it again!

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