What To Do With 15 lbs of Strawberries

By Vanessa on July 10, 11

Late June was prime strawberry season in Michigan, so Laura, Emily and I headed out with the kids to Rowe’s Produce Farm to pick our own fresh berries.  It was the perfect weekend to go, the berries were ripe and plentiful.  I’ve been wanting to go strawberry picking for the past several years, but the season is so short and life kept getting in the way! Fortunately, it was well worth the wait. I was super excited and had a wonderful time. I think my friends got a big kick out of my child-like enthusiasm :)

….Oh yea, and the kids had fun too….

While Morgan and Abe were having their snack time, little Essa was hard at work in the field.

My husband, who I had to basically drag along, turned out to be the ultimate strawberry picking machine!  He picked more double the amount that the boys and I did.  He even asked to go again the following week!

Ultimately, we took home more than 15 lbs of strawberries.  Now here comes the dilemma, what do I do with 15 lbs of berries??  No fear, I had a few ideas floating around in my head and I narrowed it down to three.  Although the U-Pick strawberry season is over, you can still try these recipes with summer strawberries from your farm market or grocery store.

Strawberry Lemonade

I adapted a classic lemonade recipe by adding fresh strawberries to the simple syrup and reducing the amount of sugar. I bottled my lemonade in glass bottles and attached these labels I designed and printed.


Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 cups sugar (I used raw cane sugar but you can also use regular white sugar)
  • 8 cups water
  • 1 lb strawberries, cut in half
  • 1 1/2 cups lemon juice

Directions:

  1. In a small saucepan, combine strawberries, sugar and 1 cup water. Bring to boil and stir to dissolve sugar.  Reduce heat and let simmer for 10 minutes.
  2. Allow to cool to room temperature, then refrigerate until chilled.
  3. In pitcher, stir together chilled syrup, lemon juice and remaining 7 cups water.

Serve over ice with slices of fresh strawberries and lemons.

Strawberry Cutie Pies

Using a cupcake pan, I made a personal size version of strawberry pie.

Yeild: 12 Mini Pies

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees
  2. Roll out crust and cut large circles using a cookie cutter or small bowl
  3. Press round crusts into a well greased cupcake pan
  4. Pop into freezer for 10 minute to minimize shrinkage
  5. Bake for approx 20 minutes or until light golden brown
  6. For the filling, mash/puree half of the strawberries and combine with sugar in a medium sauce pan.
  7. Place over medium heat and bring to boil while stirring.
  8. Whisk together cornstarch and water and add to the saucepan.
  9. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring frequently
  10. Slice remaining berries and place into  pie crust
  11. Pour liquid mixture over berries
  12. Chill for a few hours before serving

Top with some fresh whipped cream!

Strawberry Refrigerator Jam

I used a simple recipe that doesn’t require any special ingredients (pectin) or equipment.  The jam lasts up to 3 weeks in the refrigerator.

Recipe from http://allrecipes.com/recipe/strawberry-jam/detail.aspx

*Be sure to use the freezer test in the recipe footnotes, it’s very helpful to let you know when you’re jam is ready!

Hope you get a chance to try these recipes while strawberries are in season. They were all worth the effort in my opinion.

*Peace Love & Cupcakes*

Vanessa

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10 Responses to “What To Do With 15 lbs of Strawberries”

  1. Summer says:

    Can’t wait to try! Where did you get the cute glass bottles?

  2. I’m jealous — this year’s strawberry harvest in our area was paltry at best. I’m going to keep my fingers crossed that next year is better so I can add your recipes to my “must-make” list! Your strawberry lemonade not only sounds incredible, but it is so beautifully packaged!

    Thank you so much for sharing your creativity and talent at Rook No. 17!

    Jenn

  3. Those cutie pies are definitely deserving of the name. Thanks for linking them up to Sweets for a Saturday and welcome to the party!

  4. Rae says:

    Love the idea of strawberry lemonade – going to try that when I next have my twin nephews over, I bet they love it

  5. April says:

    I LOVE strawberries! Thanks for the recipes-I’m saving these!

  6. Rock says:

    I use a hand-crank baby food grinder to make fresh fruit topping. I buy the big tubs of plain organic yogurt, then add my own sugar and fruit. Much cheaper (especially with my 3 huge eaters) and I can control the sugar. Other uses include sundae topping, popcicles, smoothies or shakes. The advantage with a grinder over a straight high speed purée is that no skin and few seeds cone thru, so you can do things like cherries, blueberries, and peaches. Also, it doesn’t excessively aerate the fruit, which can make it too frothy. :D

  7. Abir (Osseili) Makki says:

    Yes!!!! Hi Vanessa!! I Love your blog! Your kids are adorable, I would love to see you again!

  8. Abir (Osseili) Makki says:

    I tried your strawberry lemonade and it was amazing!! It was a big hit.

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