Happy Cinco de Mayo,
It is fun to get recipes from Chefsville! Here are two recipes to help you celebrate:
Who loves Strawberries?
The biggest concern I have when I buy lots of them is using them before they spoil. They spoil fast.
Here are a few tips for making them last longer:
Farmer’s markets are the best. Especially during the strawberry season which is from Spring and Summer.
When bringing these beauties home from the store or market, get a bowl and add 1 part of vinegar to 3 parts of water. Remove any dirt or mud and mold spores from the strawberry and drop them in the solution. A few minutes won’t even change the taste. Also, unlike other fruits, strawberries do not continue to mature after they have been picked.
Swirl them in the vinegar wash to wash them. After a quick soak, let them dry before putting them away.
Another idea is to line a salad spinner with paper towels and give them a spin.
Store strawberries that are dry on a paper toweled lined container that prevents trapping moisture.
These steps will slow the aging process and reduce fast spoilage.
Lastly, if you are freezing strawberries, hull them. Next slice them into the shape you want then place them in a single layer on a baking sheet and pop them into the freezer. After they are frozen (1-4 hours) place them in freezer bags or freezer-safe storage containers.
Enjoy your wonderful strawberries!
Please comment about your favorite way of using strawberries are. Share with the Chefsville community.
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