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What to do ASAP with not so great strawberries?

Bought a ton of what looked like nice strawberries, I was planing on using them as both a desert and appetizer for Easter dinner tonight. I started cleaning only to find they are over the hill and not the flavorful either. I can skip them at desert, but the appetizer table is looking empty, any quick ideas for saving them? Thanks for the help.

asked by Mlc1977 about 3 years ago
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added about 3 years ago

Wash, cut up, freeze them. Use them for smoothies, daiquiris or margaritas, jam. You'll have to cook the jam down a bit longer than usual because they'll be wetter than usual because of freezing.

Or, wash, cut up, throw in a jar with sugar, thinly sliced candied ginger, and your choice if alcohol -- vodka, rum,bourbon, even triple sec, or red or pink wine. Let it steep for a couple of weeks. Use the liquor in drinks, with or without the fruit. Good base for wine coolers or sangria.

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SKK
added about 3 years ago

This saves strawberries every time. And if you don't have mascarpone, sour cream works just as well.
http://food52.com/recipes...

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hardlikearmour

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added about 3 years ago

This is fabulous, and will work with less than stellar strawberries. The balsamic maceration of the berries is fantastically tasty: http://www.epicurious.com...

6f611b78-35b4-4186-89ad-c38b035b32f3.08270410avatar_messbrasil
added about 3 years ago

I was going to say "balsamic and suggar on them" but hardlikearmour beat me to it.

6f611b78-35b4-4186-89ad-c38b035b32f3.08270410avatar_messbrasil
added about 3 years ago

Oh,and lots of black pepper.

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hardlikearmour

hardlikearmour is a trusted home cook.

added about 3 years ago

Pink pepper is great with strawberries, too!

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added about 3 years ago

Slow Roasted Spicy Strawberries make not so great strawberries into fantastic berries. Great with ice cream, brownies, poultry, white fish or even pork.
http://www.eatthelove.com...

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added about 3 years ago

Preheat oven according to puff pastry package.

Slice berries and mix with some sugar. Let it sit while you take some puff pastry out to thaw (about 10-15 minutes). Once the pastry is thawed, dot the middle of the pastry with a fork, leaving about an inch border on each side. Lay the strawberries in middle (not on border). Brush the border with some egg wash. Sprinkle a little more sugar on top of the berries and border. Bake until the pastry is golden, probably 15-20 minutes.

After tart is cool, cut into squares. Serve plain or with whipped cream/ice cream.