One of our neighbors has a strawberry farm. He brought us a flat of berries because he’s a nice guy. I spent today dealing with the berries.
When my kids were in elementary school their school had an annual pie social at the end of the school year. Each family was expected to bring 2 pies, preferably home-made. If they weren’t home-made you would receive the big stink eye from more than one PTA lady. Some families donated money in lieu of home-made pies.
I usually made fresh strawberry pies for the pie social. They looked so pretty, tasted delicious, and disappeared quickly.
The first thing I made with my lovely free berries was strawberry pie.
1 pie shell, 8 or 9 ”
4 cups sliced fresh strawberries
3/4 cup sugar
2 Tbls corn starch
1 pk strawberry jello ( can use sugar-free)
1 cup water
Bake your pie shell until golden brown, about 13 minutes
When pie shell is cool pour the sliced berries into it and level them off.
Mix water, sugar, and cornstarch in a saucepan and cook until thickened.
Remove from heat and mix in jello powder until dissolved. Cool about 20 minutes.
Strawberry freezer jam
Pour the strawberry filling over the strawberries in the pie shell.
Refrigerate. Serve with whipped cream or Cool Whip.
I also made freezer jam today, and had berries left over so I froze a couple of containers for strawberry shortcake next winter.
We have a delicious tradition in our family. Way back when the kids were tiny we began the Strawberry Shortcake for Dinner tradition. As you might imagine, it arose out of necessity and exhaustion. Every year in June, when the strawberries were ripe and ready, we had our strawberry picking adventure. The whole family piled in the car and we went to the berry farm to pick our own strawberries. After an hour or so of picking and eating we piled back into the car and headed home with our bounty. At this point everyone else abandoned me and fell into strawberry induced comas. I was left to deal with the flats of beautiful berries. By the time I was finished with the berry cleaning, jam making, and freezer filling, I was too tired to make dinner so we had strawberry shortcake. No meat, potatoes, or veggies. Just strawberry shortcake. I always made the Bisquick shortcake and still do, most of the time. Sometimes I’m lazy and we use the ready-made little round sponge cakes but they don’t taste right. So, our neighbor who owns the strawberry farm brought us a flat of his beautiful strawberries, and of course we had to have strawberry shortcake for dinner. Thank you so much, Dave.
That didn’t make much of a dent in the flat, so I cleaned and flash froze 2 quarts. Lee likes to make smoothies with frozen fruits. Lee ate close to a quart of fresh berries all by himself, but that still left me with 5 quarts to deal with.
I used 4 quarts to make freezer jam. It’s going to be very much appreciated in the dead of winter on home-made biscuits.
The last of the berries I lightly sweetened and added balsamic vinegar. Served on vanilla or plain yogurt this makes a nice dessert or breakfast. Nikki turned me on to this combo, so thanks, Nikki!