Every year with the announcement of Spring, I start counting down the days till I can pick fresh strawberries. I love those red, juicy berries in anything from pies, cakes, salads, ice cream and jams.
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Most of the time I buy my berries at my local Farmers Market but I always make a little time to go out to the strawberry fields to pick some myself…it’s great therapy.  With so many wonderful ways to use fresh strawberries, I thought I’d share a couple of tips on how to grow & clean them along with a few of my best recipes.  Enjoy, friends.
~ If you want to grow them on your own, here’s a great link on How to Grow Strawberries.
~ More great help from this post by Ten at the Table.
~ Once you bring your berries home, place them in the refrigerator until you are ready to use them.  DO NOT wash them ahead of time – this will cause them to mold.  My favorite way to store strawberries is in a “green bag” which you can buy here. You can also store them in a plastic container.
~ When you are ready to use your strawberries, just rinse them under cold water then drain in a colander.  If you need an easy way to hull your berries and want to save as much of the juicy fruit as possible, here’s my trick – use a grapefruit spoon.  The pointed, serrated spoon works wonders by gently sawing around the cap to remove all of the stem!
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~ One of my favorite ways to enjoy the fresh taste of strawberries is by using them to flavor my water.  I just slice up a few berries, throw in some basil leaves, ice and cover with water…ahhh.
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~ Of course there are many, many delicious recipes to make using strawberries and here are a few of my favorites!
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