How to Store Strawberries

how to store strawberriesAt the end of winter each year, strawberry plants laden with flowers burst forth from thawed earth in response to the warming rays of the sun.  Soon thereafter, new strawberries begin to change from hard green new fruits to ripening white and pink ones foretelling the harvest soon to come.  When the deep red develops heralding the production of the nutritious bioflavonoids, picking time is right around the corner!

Whether you pick your own or grow your strawberries, or even if you buy them in the store, it is important to store strawberries appropriately.  Here is what you need to know to stave off moldy strawberries and maximize the life of your berries (and your enjoyment of them!).

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Christmas Party Strawberry Punch Recipe

christmas party strawberry punch recipeEveryone loves a good Christmas party.  The Secret Santa exchange or White Elephant gifts, the familiar music that brings back childhood memories of hearth and home, and the occasional scuffle between co-workers that will be remembered fondly and chuckled about for years.  What could be better!?  Well, all of the above with this great Christmas Party Strawberry Punch Recipe thrown into the mix, for starters.

There are numerous holiday punch recipes around to try, but give this one a whirl first.  It is a great recipe, simple to create and serve, and nearly universally enjoyed.  And, its aroma and visual aesthetic add appeal to any party during the Thanksgiving or Christmas holiday season.  So, if you are looking for a great addition to your event, be sure to incorporate this Christmas punch recipe into your plans.

An up-front warning: this strawberry punch recipe does contain alcohol.  It is no fun to end up inebriated, staggering about, and unfit to operate an automobile.  So, exercise prudence in the consumption of it, and remember that Grandma got run over by a reindeer.  Don't be like her.   If you've accidentally landed here looking for something else, feel free to find a different strawberry-containing recipe that will be more in line with your expectations. Even if you don’t know quite what you are looking for, chances are that you will find something exciting to try if you look around here! Strawberry Plants .org has an entire library of wonderful Strawberry Recipes that are sure to please. Many are super quick, super simple, and all of them are super tasty!  You can find more drink recipes on the Strawberry Drinks page.

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Strawberry Sunshine Cake Recipe

strawberry sunshine cake recipeWhen most people think of strawberry dessert recipes, high on the list will be directions for making a strawberry shortcake.  And, rightly so.  Shortcakes are synonymous with summer and have become a staple item at summer celebrations, from birthday parties to July 4th events.  But, if taste is your objective, try making this recipe and compare it head-to-head with its more famous cousin.  If you would have ranked your favorite strawberry shortcake recipe number one before, get ready to bump it down to the penultimate spot.  This one is ready to take its place as your ultimate strawberry cake recipe!

An up-front warning: this strawberry sunshine cake recipe does take some time to prepare properly.  However, what recipe worth its salt doesn’t?  The best things in life (and the kitchen!) are worth the effort and time invested in them.  However, if you aren’t the type that finds effort put in equals greater satisfaction later, or if you simply don’t have the time, no problem!  Feel free to find a different strawberry-containing recipe that will be more in line with your expectations if you landed here in error. Even if you don’t know quite what you are looking for, chances are that you will find something exciting to try if you look around here!  Strawberry Plants .org has an entire library of wonderful Strawberry Recipes that are sure to please.  Many are super quick, super simple, and all of them are super tasty!  You might want to start with the strawberry desserts.

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Strawberry Pineapple Salad Recipe

strawberry pineapple salad recipeStrawberries and Pineapples just go well together, don't they?!  The tropical goodness of pineapples meshed with the temperate tastiness of strawberries is enough to send even the most discriminating taste buds into a fit of olfactory and gustatory excitement.  This strawberry pineapple salad recipe is a tried and trusted favorite of many an individual.

This chilled pineapple coconut strawberry salad recipe is easy to make, easy to modify and tweak, and even easier to enjoy.  If you happened upon this page whilst looking for a different strawberry delectable delight, fret not!  Strawberry Plants .org has an entire library of wonderful Strawberry Recipes that are sure to please.  Browse on over and look for  something else or different Strawberry Salads.  Just click the above link to find a different strawberry-containing recipe that will be more in line with your expectations. Even if you don't know quite what you are looking for, chances are that you will find something exciting to try!

Enough yammering.  Let's get right to the strawberry pineapple salad recipe recipe…

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How to Hull Strawberries

hull strawberriesMost people would agree that strawberries are delicious.  In fact, you can find strawberry recipes that are perfect for virtually any occasion.  The beautiful and tempting red fruits have a long and storied history (see the Strawberry Plant page for more details), but there are a few minor annoyances when it comes to getting the berries from the field into your tummy.  First, one has to do some strawberry picking, and, then, the strawberry hulling must commence.  Both can be tedious.  This post, however, is going to deal primarily with getting those little green caps off the picked berries.  Numerous methods will be mentioned, including one that you've probably never considered!

So, this post is all about how to hull strawberries.  Let the fun begin…

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Easy Strawberry Martini Recipe

easy strawberry martini recipeNot all strawberry martini recipes are created equal. There are many different versions of strawberry martinis to choose from and sample, with some being more complex to mix and some being quite simple.  To get the most-satisfying flavor out of any of them, however, it is important to not choose one so complex that frustration in preparation causes a negative predisposition prior to consumption.  That is why this easy strawberry martini recipe is a winner!  It doesn't get any easier than this.

If you arrived at this page looking for something other than a simple strawberry martini recipe, fret not.  The Strawberry Plants .org archive of recipes is very likely to have a recipe that is able to direct your preparation of a strawberry delight able to satiate your berry-flavored craving.  Simply meander over to the Strawberry Recipes directory and peruse until you find the perfect match for your palate.

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Strawberry Pizza Recipe

strawberry pizza recipeLooking for something strawberry that is so delightful that your sizzling taste buds will scream for more?  Well, boom.  Here it is.  This strawberry pizza recipe is the one to end your search for strawberry pizza recipes for all time.  Family favorite, this will be.  Delighted, you will be!  In all seriousness, this recipe is sure to satisfy the needed visual aesthetic even as the gustatory pleasure is experienced with each luscious nibble.  You are sure to soar to the heights of blissful taste experience by consuming this transcendent strawberry pizza, so make it today!

This strawberry pizza recipe is wonderful, to be sure.  But, it is merely one of many that Strawberry Plants .org offers in its Strawberry Recipes section.  Do you desire a different strawberry dish?  If you happened to end up here while you were on the prowl for something other than a strawberry pizza recipe, click the above link to find a hoard of other strawberry-containing recipes.  You will surely find a simple and satisfying way to make use of your extra strawberries.

Without further ado, on to the strawberry pizza recipe!

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Strawberry Banana Drink Recipe

strawberry banana drink recipeSome things just go well together.  Husbands and wives.  Bread and butter. Sneetches and stars.  And, of course, strawberries and bananas!  In fact, the strawberry banana combo has long been a delectable mixture of bursting flavor due to its unique and fruity aromatic taste.  So, what better way to enjoy summer temperatures than by sipping a cool glass filled with this wonderful strawberry banana drink recipe?!

This strawberry banana drink recipe is but one of many that Strawberry Plants .org offers in its Strawberry Recipes section. If you found this page while you were hunting for something other than a strawberry banana drink recipe, click the above link to find numerous other strawberry-containing recipes. And, even if you stumbled here unintentionally and haven't a clue as to what you want to munch, take a look at the tempting delights there.  You will most certainly find a delightful way to use your strawberries (if you have any left, that is!).

Anyway, on to the strawberry banana drink recipe!

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The Best Strawberries for Making Strawberry Wine

best strawberries for making strawberry wineEvery now and then, an adventurous soul will ask me about making strawberry wine (you can learn about making strawberry wine on the Strawberry Wine Recipe page).  Invariably, one of the first questions asked is, “What are the best strawberries for making for making strawberry wine?”  After all, it all begins with the strawberries!

Best Strawberries for Wine: Background

Strawberries are uniquely suited for making “consume-me-now” wines.  Unlike wines made from grapes, aging doesn't improve the body of many strawberry wines.  Additionally, the relatively high sugar content of virtually all strawberries makes most strawberry varieties suitable for wine making.  Grapes, on the other hand, are highly variable.  Some grape varieties are noble, and some are, well, not.  By no means are all grapes equal when it comes to wines.  And, to be fair, all strawberries are not equal either; it is just that the variability is much less, making most strawberry varieties acceptable choices.

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Sun Drying Strawberries

sun drying strawberriesSun drying strawberries is a viable way to preserve them.  There are many things that cannot be adequately dried in the sun (most vegetables and meats), but the high sugar and acid content of strawberries makes them well-suited to outdoor sun drying.  Their low protein concentration minimizes the likelihood of bacterial/microbial overgrowth (as happens with meats).

Conditions Needed When Sun Drying Strawberries

Drying strawberries outside cannot be done just anywhere.  The proper conditions are needed if successful drying it to occur.  The necessary conditions are:

1.  Warm Temperatures – a minimum temperature of 85 degrees Fahrenheit is required, with warmer temperatures being even better.  In most locations, the strawberries will need to be brought in at night to keep the cooler night air from condensing and adding moisture back into the partially dried strawberries.

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Strawberry Pretzel Salad

strawberry pretzel saladThis strawberry pretzel salad recipe can double as a tasty end-of-meal dessert.  It has a unique blend of sweetness and saltiness that doesn't overwhelm.  The sweet strawberry rush of flavor melds wonderfully with the classic saltiness of pretzels to make this strawberry pretzel salad one for the ages.  It even goes well with coffee or tea during cool mornings or winter afternoons.  Beware, however, this treat is not likely one that will yield leftovers.  So, if you have a pack of ravenous kids prowling around the kitchen for yummies, you may want to double the recipe!

If salty-sweet isn't high on your list of favorites, the chances are good you will find a different, more satisfying strawberry recipe in Strawberry Plants .org's continually expanding library of delectable Strawberry Recipes to better suit your tastes.  Peruse the online recipe directory until you find the exact strawberry dish that will thrill every last taste bud in your mouth.  Even if you don't presently know for what you are looking, you will likely find something to whet your appetite!

Now, on to the strawberry pretzel salad recipe…

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Strawberry Spinach Salad

strawberry spinach saladShould a strawberry spinach salad recipe be on the agenda for your next meal?  You bet.  Few things scream “healthy and delicious” like the fresh green crispness of savory spinach and the sweet juiciness of just-washed strawberries.  And, as if you've been begging to be swept up in a culinary rapture to food heaven, topping it off with a superlative dressing is just plain unbeatable when it comes to satiating even the most demanding taste buds.  In fact, why do you torture your tongue so?  Get busy making this strawberry spinach salad right away!

Of course, Strawberry Plants .org also has an ever-growing library of sensational Strawberry Recipes that are magnificently delicious.  Feel free peruse and browse through recipe directory until you find the exact recipe that will help you use your extra strawberries in your own culinary masterpiece.  Even if you don't know quite what you are looking for, chances are that you will find something exciting to try!

I guess that is enough blather, here is the strawberry spinach salad recipe…

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Yogurt Strawberry Fruit Salad

yogurt strawberry fruit saladThis yogurt strawberry fruit salad recipe can be a meal unto itself.  The delicious zing of yogurt adds the complement to the naturally sweet fruit that makes this dish a winner.  Try it for breakfast, try it for lunch.  Have it all day as a snack to much!  Call me insane for having this hunch, but odds are good you'll like it a bunch.  All joking aside, this really is a delicious component of any meal spread.  The kids will even be asking for seconds (or thirds).

Of course, if yogurt happens to be low on your list of delicacies, Strawberry Plants .org has an ever-growing library of sensational Strawberry Recipes that are magnificently delicious.  Feel free to look around the recipe directory until you find the exact recipe that will help you use your extra strawberries in an exciting concoction.  Even if you don't know quite what you are looking for, chances are that you will find something exciting to try!

Without further ado, here is the yogurt strawberry fruit salad recipe…

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Fresh Marinated Strawberries

fresh marinated strawberriesHave you ever sat looking at a pile of fresh, unused strawberries just looking for an easy way to spice them up a bit without a lot of effort?  If you have, keep this idea in mind: fresh marinated strawberries!  Taking your just-picked strawberries to the next level can be done more simply than you might think.  This fresh marinated strawberries recipe is simple, quick, and sure to please.

And, if you don't mind doing a little extra preparation work,  Strawberry Plants .org has an extensive library of wonderful Strawberry Recipes that are sure to please even the most discerning critic.  Browse around until you find the exact recipe that will help you use your extra strawberries in a blissful concoction.  Even if you don't know quite what you are looking for, chances are that you will find something exciting to try!

Now for the fresh marinated strawberries recipe…

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Strawberries and Cottage Cheese

strawberries and cottage cheeseThis strawberries and cottage cheese recipe is a delight for the taste buds.  Cottage cheese is a long-standing member of the “goes well with fruit” club.  Just about any fruit can be added to a bowl of cottage cheese for a quick, easy, and tasty breakfast dish, afternoon snack, or after-dinner dessert.

And, if you just happen to be among the few who are not connoisseurs of that fine dairy product, Strawberry Plants .org has an ever-growing library of sensational Strawberry Recipes that are sure to delight.  Feel free to peruse until you find the exact recipe that will help you use your extra strawberries in a satiating way.  Even if you don't know quite what you are looking for, chances are that you will find something exciting to try!

On to the strawberries and cottage cheese recipe…

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