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    Strawberries

    I've been working cleaning strawberries we grown in our small patch! And I have been thinking about different ways to use them. My first and most favorite way (pictured below) is washing and "de-topping" them and just pop them into my mouth and enjoy the flavor! <img src=/S/yum.gif border=0 alt=yum width=15 height=15> Another way is the following recipe:

    1 1/2 cup sugar mixed into 3 level tablespoons of cornstarch. Then mix in 2 cups of cold water and bring this mixture to a boil. As soon as it reaches boil stage and starts to thicken, remove it from the heat and mix in 1 six ounce package of strawberry flavored Jello. Pour this mixture over 2 quart of cleaned and lightly sugared strawberries. Have ready two baked and cooled 10 inch pie shells. Divide the strawberry mixture into the pie shells, place in the refrigerator to firm. Serve with fresh whipped cream! <img src=/S/yum.gif border=0 alt=yum width=15 height=15>

    Of course there is always strawberry short cake which is also delicious but does anyone else have good recipes for strawberries? I can use them right about now! <img src=/S/yep.gif border=0 alt=yep width=15 height=15> <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>


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    Re: Strawberries

    I've got one from my grandmother's "Recipe Book" from the late 1890's. It's a "Recipe Book" & not a cookbook, because my grandmother was "gentry" and didn't cook. I recall this one from when I was a kid, being used over pancakes and waffles.

    Strawberry Dressing
    2 tablespoons softened butter
    4 tablespoons sugar
    1 quart strawberrys (mashed fine)

    Place the butter and sugar in a mixing bowl and combine. When blended well, add the strawberrys and mix by hand (or use a food processor). If the sauce seems too thin add more sugar.
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    Re: Strawberries

    This sounds good to me too. I like both waffles and pancakes. Do you still make it for yourself now? <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>


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    Re: Strawberries

    I just rediscoverd it this past year while sorting through some of my parents old things while cleaning house. Your post prompted me to look through it for the Strawberry Sauce recipe. I've been hearing that the strawberry crop is exceptional this year and will have to give this a try again. You might be interested in her old recipe for Biscuts for Shortcake.

    4 cups sifted flour
    1 teaspoon salt
    3 teaspoons of baking powder
    1 heaping tablespoon of lard & butter mixed
    sufficient sweet milk or water to make a soft dough
    roll onto sheets about 1/2 inch thick and bake in a hot oven.
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    Re: Strawberries

    Yes! Thank you! Both recipes you have shared from your Mom and GrandMom's collection sound good. Our little patch of 1 row (32 feet long) has produced admirably. They must be picked every other day to keep waste to a minimum. It is sometimes tiresome but the "fruits of our labor" are worth the effort! <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15>


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    Re: Strawberries

    Have you tried a strawberry syrup? Great over ice cream or as cordial. But my favourite way is a little in the bottom of a champagne glass!!

    Wash your strawberries and cut them in half and put them in a heatproof bowl and the bowl in a saucepan (to make a double boiler setup). Let them stew in the bowl until they are mushy. This takes about half an hour. You don't want it to get too hot too quickly. You want to keep the colour.

    Strain through a cloth, extracting as much juice as you can. Measure the juice. Add the same quantity of sugar to the juice and gently heat the sugar and juice solution until the sugar has dissolved. Pour the warm syrup into sterilised bottles.

    Its yummy.

    I have also done this with mulberries. Great colour on ice cream!!

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    Re: Strawberries

    Wash Strawberries, Remove tops and cores. Bowl of sugar. Dip damp strawberries in sugar. Eat 'em. Best ever!

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    Re: Strawberries

    Our variation on this is to put out a bowl with fresh sour cream (sounds like an oxymoron) and another bowl with brown sugar. Take a freshly topped strawberry and dip it first in the sour cream, then dip it in the brown sugar and then devour it <img src=/S/munch.gif border=0 alt=munch width=19 height=17> . With this we can polish off several quarts of the luscious berries in no time at all. When the strawberries are all consumed we often fight over cleaning up the bowls as well. <img src=/S/blush.gif border=0 alt=blush width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Strawberries

    Thanks!!

    This sounds like a great addition to my Sunday morning breakfast crepes. I usually mush up a few strawberries (when in season) and fold them into a whip cream. I then cook up some crepes and fill them with the strawberry and whip cream mixture. We have always used regular pancake syrup or some fresh made Maple syrup. I can't wait to try making the strawberry syrup.
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    Re: Strawberries

    <img src=/S/yum.gif border=0 alt=yum width=15 height=15> The Jezzarettes and I picked 5 pounds of scrumptious strawberries yesterday. We have a drought order at the moment due to low rain fall over the Magic Forest so our strawberries are quite small compared to your examples , but boy, are they sweet and scrummy.

    Mrs J and the Jezzarettes are currently making jam with them and jarring it up. I will making some of my homemade bread later on and am just popping out to the shop to get some cream......looking forward to an excellent English tiffin <img src=/S/yum.gif border=0 alt=yum width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Strawberries

    1. Take yer berries, halve them depending on size. Add a dash (just a dash!) of grand marnier / cointreau and a few good grinds of fresh black pepper (yes, you read that right). Mix, and allow to sit for a couple of minutes. Real cream is optional but try it without first. The smell is as important as the taste. Before you all freak out, this is a classic recipe.

    2. Take yer berries, halve them depending on size. Add a dash of real orange juice and a teaspoon of sugar. Mix, and allow to sit for a couple of minutes. Cream allowed here.

    3. There is another variation which I have only heard of - apparently strawberries go well with balsamic vinegar. Have a go.

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    Re: Strawberries

    <P ID="edit" class=small>(Edited by skitterbug on 11-Jul-06 07:15. Added information in parenthesis to clarify my understanding of alcohol a bit better! [img]/forums/images/smilies/smile.gif[/img] If that is ever possible....)</P> <img src=/S/hello.gif border=0 alt=hello width=25 height=29> Marty! - I had to look up Grand Marnier


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    Re: Strawberries

    > apparently strawberries go well with balsamic vinegar.

    I think I've had it where the balsamic vinegar was mixed with some unknown amount of confectioner's (powered) sugar to form a runny glaze, which was drizzled over the strawberries in a glass or bowl. But it's a hazy recollection...

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    Re: Strawberries

    Here's a couple recipes for that one from here. Looks interesting.
    <big>Strawberries & Balsamic Vinegar</big>
    INGREDIENTS:
    16 ounces fresh strawberries, hulled and large berries cut in half
    2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
    1/4 cup white sugar
    1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, or to taste

    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    DIRECTIONS:
    Place strawberries in a bowl. Drizzle vinegar over strawberries, and sprinkle with sugar. Stir gently to combine. Cover, and let sit at room temperature for at least 1 hour but not more than 4 hours. Just before serving, grind pepper over berries.


    <big>Strawberries With Balsamic Vinegar and Mint</big>
    Ingredients:

    3 lbs. fresh strawberries, hulled and quartered
    4 Tbs. balsamic vinegar
    5 Tbs. sugar
    2 Tbs. mint, chopped

    Preparation:

    Place the strawberries in a large bowl and add remaining ingredients over top; stir well to incorporate flavors. Marinate for at least an hour, stirring well every 20 minutes.

    The vinegar, berry juice and sugar will combine to create thick syrup. Try them alone or on top of ice cream.

    A Strawberry Vinegarette
    Mix oil, basalmic vinegar, strawberrys, garlic salt and pepper

    and other suggeations...
    Strawberries with whole green pepper corns is a classic or strawberries and black pepper sandwiches
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    Re: Strawberries

    While shopping for groceries, I spotted some fresh strawberries so I decided that I had to try your way of enjoying them! OH WOW! You are right - the sour cream set off by the brown sugar on the strawberry made a really yummy treat! It didn't take long to polish off a couple of quarts of them along with the rest of the sour cream and brown sugar - just as you indicated! Thanks for sharing! <img src=/S/yep.gif border=0 alt=yep width=15 height=15> <img src=/S/yum.gif border=0 alt=yum width=15 height=15>


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