Strawberries are a great food. Here you’ll find tips and recipes for making sweet strawberries for jam and dessert, and tasty treats for burgers and salads.
Bonn (dpa / tmw) – Strawberries are one of the most sensitive fruits. We will take you to the summer kitchen and let you imagine beautiful and delicious dishes made from strawberries.
What should I pay attention to when buying strawberries?
Actually, it’s very easy:
- A good and ripe strawberry is smooth and intensely red in color. “Strawberries don’t ripen later,” says strawberry farmer Robert Dahl, founder and owner of Carl’s Adventure Village. – It’s either ripe or not.
- Strawberries that are still green or white under the caps are unripe and tend to taste flat and sour.
- In addition to the shiny surface of the strawberry skin, the sepals also indicate the freshness of the fruit. They should be fresh and green.
- Overripe strawberries are deep crimson in color. They lost their good aroma and sometimes lost their slightly fermented taste.
- Strawberries are also very sensitive to pressure. if there are only small, superficial pressure points, this will not affect the taste and shelf life.
- Place strawberries in bowls with fruit, leaving bruises intact. These deteriorate quickly at room temperature. And: Rotten fruit spreads to your immediate neighbors.
Tip I: Strawberries must be at the top of the basket during transport. Also, avoid leaving them in extreme heat, such as in a heated car, for long periods of time.
Tip II: A person who buys directly from the producer at the stand receives strawberries that have not been transported far.
Should I wash the strawberries? If yes, how?
If you want to keep the strawberries in the fridge for another day or two, be sure to keep the leaves unwashed.
A person who wants to eat or process the fruit directly does not necessarily need to wash it. “It’s a matter of trust – we don’t wash it,” says Robert Dahl. You can dry them without wringing.
Strawberries are usually not really dirty because they soften into straw as they grow. All is well if the fruit comes from your own garden.
And if strawberries are sprayed during cultivation, this is done during flowering. So, according to Dahl, there is nothing on the face to wash off.
Depending on the variety, strawberries don’t like to be washed more than others, says Rosvita Schemm, owner of the Zehelein-Shemm strawberry farm in Franconia. everything.”
If you want to wash strawberries, the whole fruit, ie. Use with a cup.
Tip: Rinse them very lightly, then spread the strawberries out on paper towels to dry.
How do I cut strawberries correctly?
To enjoy strawberries or to process them according to a recipe, they must first be seeded – so the green sepals must be removed.
If you take the sepals between your fingers and pull carefully, you will ensure that the meat is lost as little as possible.
Depending on the variety, a small cone is produced from the fruit. “The hole it creates is smaller in some varieties and larger in others,” says Schemm.
If you want to go faster, you can cut the green leaves with a sharp knife. But you lose more fruit.
Pure, in quark or in the form of jam – what else can strawberries do?
Of course, strawberries are delicious. But they also score points when used in traditional jams, cakes or quarks. If you can’t get enough of fruit, here are some recipes.
Recipe: Strawberry Smoothie
For example, Robert Dahl loves the taste of strawberry smoothies: “When I eat a few strawberries from a bowl, I don’t taste the strawberries like I do when I process them into a smoothie.”
Preparation is very simple:
Take 500 grams of strawberries and mix them with a hand blender in a tall bowl.
“In 60 seconds, you’ve got a 100 percent strawberry smoothie—so delicious,” Dall says. Her strawberry tiramisu recipe is one you’ll want to try, too.
Recipe: Strawberry Tiramisu
ingredients (for four people):
- 300 grams of strawberries
- 2 tablespoons of powdered sugar
- 150 ml of orange juice
- 100 grams of cream
- 250 g of mascarpone
- 3 tablespoons of eggs (or 2 egg yolks beaten with powdered sugar)
- About 150g ladyfingers
- 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 square dessert plate
How to make tiramisu in 7 steps:
- 1. Finely chop strawberries and mix with a tablespoon of sugar.
- 2. Pour the orange juice into the soup bowl.
- 3. Whip the cream until stiff, then mix in the mascarpone, remaining powdered sugar and eggs (or alternative). Then first put the strawberries, then the cream.
- 4. Apply two tablespoons of this cream to the bottom of the mold.
- 5. Soak both sides of the cookie in orange juice for a short time and line the form with it.
- 6. Now it’s time to layer: Spread half of the cream on top and spread another layer of cookies. At the end, spread the remaining cream on top.
- 7. Refrigerate for two hours and dust with cocoa powder before serving.
Recipe: Cream Cheese and Strawberry Boats
Strawberry Boats, based on Roswitha Schemm’s recipe, are perfect as finger food for a summer party. Guaranteed: the plate will be empty soon.
Ingredients (for a large plate):
- 500 g of large strawberries (“Elianny”, “Sweet Mary XXL”, “Symphony” varieties are very suitable).
- 100 grams of cream cheese
- green pepper
Quick preparation in 5 steps:
- 1. Briefly rinse the strawberries, place them on kitchen paper and dry them
- 2. With a bowl, cut the berries in half and place flat side up on a plate.
- 3. Mix the cream cheese with a little cream, then pipe the mixture and sprinkle.
- 4. Draw small caps over the halved strawberries.
- 5. Season the pepper a little with green pepper from the mill.
Strawberries are also delicious
The sweet and juicy taste of strawberries can be combined with very tasty ingredients. Fruit is a great addition to fresh summer salads.
For example, a light summer salad from Roswitha Schemm is combined with cheese and green asparagus. And Carl’s Strawberry Burger is topped with pickled and peppered strawberries.
Recipe: A light summer salad with strawberries
Ingredients (for four people):
- 250 g of seasonal strawberries (eg “Lambada”, “Corona”, “Sweet Mary XXL”, “Mieze Schindler”, “Mara des Bois”)
- 100 g feta or goat cheese
- A colorful salad mix made from a variety of lettuce leaves
- green asparagus 1 kg
- 1 spoon of honey
50 ml white balsamic vinegar
- 2 tablespoons of salad oil
- green pepper
For service: Edible flowers, preferably blue burdock flowers or small cornflowers (remove the base of the flower, just snap it off)
6 steps – how to prepare a fresh salad:
- 1. Wash the asparagus, clean the lower part and cut it into 5-8 cm lengths
- 2. Fry briefly in hot oil, the asparagus should be crispy.
- 3. Clean, wash, dry the salad and put it on a plate or plates.
- 4. Serve with asparagus, crumbled or shredded cheese and strawberries.
- 5. For the salad, mix the balsamic vinegar, honey and salad oil and pour over the salad.
- 6. Sprinkle green chillies on top and garnish with edible flowers.
Serve immediately after service.
Recipe: Strawberry Burgers with Homemade Mayonnaise
Ingredients (for the burger):
- 1 burger bun
- 1 piece of chicken breast
- Some rocket salad
- a few tablespoons of olive oil
- 200 grams of strawberries
- Salt and pepper
For homemade mayonnaise:
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon of mustard
- 1 spoon of vinegar
- 150 ml of oil
- 2 tablespoons chopped nuts
It works like this:
- Season the chicken
- Remove the stems from the strawberries, cut them into slices, add salt, pepper and 2 tablespoons of olive oil.
- For the mayonnaise, beat the eggs until frothy, add mustard and vinegar, and add a little olive oil while mixing. Add walnuts and season with salt and pepper
- Fry the chicken on both sides
- Wash the rocket, season with salt, pepper and vinegar and add a little olive oil.
- Bake the buns, now arrange them as desired
I bought too many – can I freeze the strawberries?
Have you bought too many strawberries or want to enjoy strawberries out of season? Then you can easily freeze them.
Here’s how to do it:
Robert Dahl had good experience with pre-pureeing strawberries. Then they are filled, for example, into jam jars and put in the refrigerator. “The puree is really delicious when you re-thaw it,” says Dahl.
If the whole fruit is frozen, proceed with caution:
If the strawberries are pre-washed, they should be laid out on kitchen paper and dried well, otherwise the fruits will have frozen water later or they will stick to each other.
If you can free up a freezer compartment at short notice, place the berries on a small plate for shock freezing. “Then the surface of the earth froze a little,” says Roswitha Schemm. The strawberries can then be placed in a freezer bag and removed on their own without any problems if necessary.
Robert Dahl also freezes strawberries for Karls to sell and makes fresh jam from the thawed fruit.
Advice from an expert: “If you freeze strawberries and then make five jars of jam on December 15th, the jam will still taste good. If you make jam in June and eat it on December 15, it won’t taste as good.”
Quick strawberry jam recipe:
Before freezing, weigh the strawberries and place them in kilo bags in the freezer.
So, you can take out the necessary packaging, boil it 1:2 with 500 g of canned sugar and make a delicious strawberry jam.
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