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Strawberry Picking

If ya’ll have never tried a freshly picked strawberry, go now, find a field near you. Its worth the extra work, I promise. Bright red, so juicy and still warm from the sun, it tastes as if it has already been marinating in sugar syrup for days. There’s nothing that compares.

This time of year there are farms with rows and rows of picture perfect u-pick strawberries. Find one near you!

 

Lets Live Y'all Strawberry Picking rows of berries

I got a basket for my youngest and the rest of us took buckets. Rookie mistake, ten minutes in my bucket had been switched for an over flowing basket.

 

Lets Live Yall Strawberry Picking Over flowing basket

Aren’t they just beautiful?

 

Lets Live Y'all Strawberry Picking BucketsIn the end we took home about 40 pounds of berries. I hulled and froze all by five pounds of berries. To hull I use a large pastry tip.

Before hulling I soaked them in my go to produce rinse.

  1. Fill a bowl with water and add 1/8 to 1/2 cup of vinegar, depending on the size of your bowl.
  2. Place your fruits and veggies in the bowl.
  3. Soak for 15 to 20 minutes.
  4. Rinse with water.

 

Lets Live Y'all Strawberry Picking Heart Strawberry

Instead of buying a special tool for strawberries I just use a large metal star pastry tip. Thanks Alton Brown!

Lets Live Y'all Strawberry Hull

Using my food saver (I have this one) I portioned them out for smoothies. I can throw them in the blender with some a banana and greek yogurt and make a healthy breakfast smoothie for the kids or my husband. My go to smoothie recipe will be at the bottom of this post.

Some helpful did bits before you go:

  1. Apply sunscreen and bug spray before you go.
  2. Bring cash; many farms don’t take credit cards.
  3. Consider packing a snack and drink to keep little ones from getting cranky.
  4. Lastly, and most importantly, contact the farm ahead of time to make sure there are berries available and to confirm their hours.

 

Strawberry Banana Smoothie Recipe

Makes 2 smoothies

Ingredients

3/4 cup plain or vanilla greek yogurt
1 1/2 cups milk
1 cup frozen unsweetened or fresh strawberries
1 medium banana, sliced 

Directions

1. In blender, place ingredients. Cover; blend on high speed about 30 seconds or until smooth.

2. Pour into 2 glasses. sit back, relax and enjoy. 

 

What are you’re favorite recipes that feature strawberries?

 

Until next time!

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