Monday, June 4, 2012

Strawberry Picking

It's strawberry season, ladies and gents!

Of course, it's almost over.

And of course, while strawberry season comes to a close, I'm only just getting around to it.

But yesterday I headed out to Baugher's Farm to pick them for myself.  I brought along my mom and my daughter, both of them first timers!  They basically just sat on the bench while I did all the labor, but they enjoyed the beautiful weather and the sprawling green landscape.

As you can see, I got a decent amount.  Still, the pickin's were slimmer than I'd hoped.

Since I don't cook or bake as much as I used to, what with this small, precious, demanding person who's entered my life, I figured I'd better freeze these babies for future use.

I washed them, cut off the tops, dried them with paper towels, spread them out on a baking sheet, and stuck them in the freezer.

In a little while, I'll take them out and seal them in a freezer bag.

Supposedly, they'll keep well like this for up to a year, and should be perfect for baking, ice cream, and anything else that doesn't need the strawberries to be perfectly bright and firm.

Of course, I'm keeping a few in the fridge for casual snacking and salads.

In any case, expect to see these guys appear in at least one or two recipes in the near future.

See the aftermath:
Caption this picture for brownie points! :)


Yaakov. said...

brownie points means she'll make brownies for u

Rachel said...

"No one could hear them scream. Because they were just fruit."

Lady Pieface said...

Strawberry picking - crazy labor intensive. Give me a ladder and a cherry tree any day :)

Anonymous said...

Beautiful looking strawberries...

Meghan said...

"I swear, Officer, it was just strawberries."

I always remember strawberry picking season after it has already passed completely. Sigh. Usually I'll remember in time for blackberry or peach season though and get some of those.