Monday, June 15, 2009

Pick-your-own strawberries

Do your taste buds a favor and go to a local strawberry patch...go immediately. If you're in the northeast like we are, the season is probably winding down. Unfortunately strawberry season is short, but oh-so-sweet.

I went two weeks ago and picked 12 quarts. This past weekend was pretty jammed packed, but I made sure to squeeze in time to go one last time and I picked another 8 quarts. Our local PYO strawberry patch charges $1.30 a pound. Compared to trucked-in strawberries from the west coast at $2.00-$2.50/lb.

Basically I am up to my eyeballs in strawberries. We have eaten strawberry shortcake, strawberry spinach salad, strawberry cheesecake trifle, and strawberries on our cereal and ice cream. And we still aren't sick of them. I have also made 2 batches of freezer jelly. I use the Ball No Cook freezer jelly. Very easy to make and oh-so-yummy to eat. I cleaned the remaining berries and bagged them to put in the freezer for a later time for homemade strawberry ice cream and smoothies.

Have you picked strawberries this season? Do you have any recipes to share?

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