Monday, June 10, 2013

Quebec Strawberries Have Arrived!

This is the time of year you can find Quebec strawberries at your local market. We purchased a small crate and froze most of them.

Freezing strawberries: the best way to freeze them is by removing the stems, gently washing them, patting them dry and then spreading them out on a cookie sheet. This allows the strawberries to freeze individually instead of forming a solid block. Once the strawberries have frozen, place them into a ziplock bag and store them in the freezer.

With the rest of the strawberries, we made:
strawberry-rhubarb bread - use any banana or zucchini bread recipe and replace the fruit with strawberry and rhubarb. We roasted the rhubarb first to make it more tender.

Strawberries tend to ripen very quickly so it's a good idea to freeze them or cook with them not long after purchasing them. If you see they start to look a little too soft, smoothies are a great way to use them. Cooking them in a little maple syrup makes a very nice coulis.