We've been talking about ways to shop your freezer, digging out the last bags of frozen corn, spinach, and other goodies that can help you put a quick meal together. This week, let's talk about frozen strawberries. I almost always have a bag of these in the freezer, and I love to use them in quick sauces and desserts. Here are a few ways I use them; I'd love to hear your favorites too.
Here are five ways that frozen strawberries can come in handy.
1. Put them in smoothies or milkshakes.
This is the main reason many people keep frozen fruit in their freezers; it's so handy for quick morning smoothies. We occasionally indulge a deep love for a really, really good strawberry milkshake.
2. Bake a fruit cobbler.
Frozen strawberries and other fruit are a lovely way to have a taste of summer in the middle of the winter, especially when they're baked and bubbling in a simple cobbler.
3. Make strawberry milk.
No, strawberry milk isn't something that comes out of a box; you can make it from scratch yourself! We love this old-school, homey recipe for tasty strawberry milk.
4. Make a sauce for pancakes or ice cream.
Here's the primary reason I keep strawberries around: quick sauces.
I simmer whole berries with some lemon juice and a spoonful of sugar until they're soupy and tender, then serve them over pancakes. For a fancier dessert you can whiz the berries until smooth in a blender and strain out the seeds. Drizzle over panna cotta, ice cream, or any dessert that needs some strawberry action.
5. Use them in a trifle.
Here's one more fun and easy dessert recipe: crumble leftover cake into glasses and layer with defrosted strawberries and whipped cream. So easy!
And I didn't even mention roasting them, or making strawberry yogurt popsicles.
How do you use frozen strawberries, or other frozen fruit?
(Image credits: Faith Durand; Leela Cyd)