Strawberries go out as quick as they come in. So take advantage of these babies while they are here! We love to eat them right out of the patch; they are so fresh and fragrant. "Putting them up" is also a great way to stretch the season. I like to freeze in freezer bags the exact amount for my jam recipe, or even for a pie. Then there is no guessing how many bags to thaw. There are other ways to put up berries. Drying berries is great fun, and then add them to yogurt, cereal, granola, cakes, salads, muffins, pancake batter...all year long! I say this is great fun, because the dehydrator does most of the work! Any way you slice it, we love strawberries!
1 pint heavy heavy whipping cream
1 TBSP Knox gelatin
1 cup sugar
1 pint sour cream
Combine whipping cream, gelatin & sugar in top of a double boiler(fancy way to say-a bowl on the top of a pot of boiling water). Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Heat until all is dissolved. Remove from heat & let cool. Add sour cream & pour into buttered molds. Chill in refrigerator until firm. I collect old tin molds, a Pyrex custard dish will work as good as any .Great for individual servings.
Berry Sauce (any berry in season; raspberries, strawberries, blackberries are our fav.)
1 1/2 cups fresh berries
1 TBSP corn-starch
1 tsp. lemon juice
2 teaspoons sugar( more if needed for )
Add sugar to berries giving them time to juice up. Separate the berries from the juice. Put juice,cornstarch and lemon juice in a sauce pan :heat until thickened, if any additional sugar is needed add now (some berries are quite tart) .Add berries to sauce; cool.Unmold Creams and drizzle with sauce. Enjoy!
MaKes 10 :1/4 cup molds or 5 my size!
Strawberry Pretzel Salad
This is really not a salad at all! It’s a yummy, salty, creamy, sweet dessert! A classic ,you will never grow tired of! It sounds kind of yucky with the pretzels, but that is the best part.This is a layered desert, cut in squares. I haven’t had a complaint yet. Perfect at strawberry pickin time.
2 c. crushed pretzels
3/4 c. melted butter
2 tbsp. powdered sugar
1 (8 oz.) cream cheese (room temp.)
8 oz. Cool Whip
1 c. powdered sugar
1 lg. box strawberry Jello
2 cups of fresh strawberries
Mix together pretzels, melted butter and the 2 tablespoons of powdered sugar. Then press in 9 x 13 inch pan. Bake 10 minutes at 350 degrees. Cool. Mix cream cheese, Cool Whip and 1 cup of powdered sugar; pour over pretzel crust.
Dissolve large package of starwberry Jello in 2 cups boiling water. Add 2 cups of fresh strawberries. Mix well and pour over cream cheese. Chill for a couple hours.