Sunday, May 27, 2012
Strawberry Fields Forever
Strawberry Fields Forever. Love that song by the Beatles and I love the strawberry fields for the wonderful strawberries they produce. We visited my favorite Farmer's Market today for an afternoon of strawberry picking with my grandson. The strawberries were at their peak and becking to be taken home by strawberry pickers. I did indulge.
My grandson had never been to a strawberry patch and had a wonderful time helping Mawmaw pick berries. Not one green berry in the bunch, lol.
Now what to do with all these berries. We picked two flats today; I see lots of smoothies on the horizon during the hot summer months ahead. They will be perfect after a day of working in the garden. What do you do with your frozen strawberries? How do you freeze them? I slice mine in half before freezing them. My blender doesn't handle frozen whole berries well. I also like freezing them individually on a cookie sheet and than placing them into freezer bags. They're perfect as ice cubes in my lemon-ade in the summer. I prefer not to use tons of sugar on my fruit while preserving since I'm a diabetic, so I'll be using Ball Fruit Fresh Produce Protector. Because jam recipes call for so much sugar, I decided not to turn any into jam. The thought sure is making my mouth water though.
I'm thinking that I may plant a few rolls of strawberries in my own back yard next year. I think my grandson would love to have a strawberry patch of his own.