Two years ago, we planted 15 strawberry plants. Last year, we were fortunate enough to have strawberries to enjoy fresh as well as some extra to use in strawberry margaritas when friends visited. This year, we're pulling in over a pint a day. Eating strawberries fresh is great, but you can only eat so many until the rest go bad. What should you do with all of those other strawberries? Here are some ideas that don't require any cooking at all:
Strawberry Lemonade - Put 1 cup of hulled strawberries, 1 cup of sugar or Splenda, and 2/3 cup of lemon juice in a blender. Blend until smooth then let sit until foam dissipates. Put in a pitcher and add 2 cups of water and 3 cups of club soda. Serve over ice. Alternatively, you can pour the mixture from the blender into a container and freeze it, so you can continue to enjoy the taste of fresh strawberries later in the summer. Servies 10 or so
Frozen Strawberry Mousse - Separate an egg and whip the white for a minute to form a foam. Add 1/2 cup of sugar or Splenda and mix it in. Then add in 2 cups of strawberries. Use a hand blender to mix for a full 15 minutes. Make sure this is in a very large bowl because it will fluff up quite a bit. Pour into a container and put in the freezer for at least an hour. Scoop out and serve like ice cream. Serves 8-10
Freezer Jam - Take 2 cups of mashed strawberries and add 3/4 cup of sugar or Splenda. Then mix in half a package of pectin (they have some specifically for freezer jam) and pour into containers. Let sit for about an hour and then put in the freezer. We haven't tried this yet and we may try to make traditional jam instead, but this does seem like a nice option.