How to prepare sweet and delicious strawberries

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Recipe: How to prepare sweet and delicious strawberries

Strawberries are the perfect treat. Here you will find tips and recipes on how to prepare sweet strawberries for jam and dessert and tasty for burgers and salads.

Strawberries are among the most sensual fruits. We will take you to the summer kitchen and let you create beautiful and delicious strawberry dishes.

What should I look out for when buying strawberries?

It’s actually quite easy:

  • Good, ripe strawberries are evenly and intensely red. “Strawberries don’t ripen anymore,” says strawberry farmer Robert Dahl, founder and owner of Karl’s Adventure Village. “Either they’re ripe or they’re not.”
  • Strawberries that are still green or white under the sepals are unripe and tend to taste flat and sour.
  • In addition to the shiny surface of the strawberry skin, the sepals also indicate whether the fruit is fresh. They should be fresh and green.
  • Ripe strawberries are dark red in color. They have lost their good flavor and sometimes taste a bit fermented.
  • Strawberries are also extremely sensitive to pressure. If there are only small surface pressure points, this does not affect the taste and shelf life.
  • Leave strawberries in containers containing weeping bruised fruit. These break down quickly at room temperature. And: Rotten fruit also infects your immediate neighbors.

Tip I: During transport, the strawberries must be at the top of the basket. Also avoid leaving them in extreme heat for long periods of time, such as in a heated car.

Tip II: Anyone who buys directly from the grower at the stand will receive strawberries that have not yet been transported long distances.

Pure or on top of a cake: strawberries taste heavenly sweet.

Pure or on top of a cake: strawberries taste heavenly sweet.
Photo: Friso Gentsch/dpa/dpa-tmn

Should I wash the strawberries? If so how?

If you want to keep strawberries in the fridge for another day or two, you should definitely store them with their leaves on and unwashed.

Anyone 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 them,” says Robert Dahl. You can hardly dry them afterwards without squeezing them.

Strawberries are usually not really dirty because they are kept on the straw as they grow. If the fruit comes from your garden, so much the better.

And if strawberries are sprayed during cultivation, this is already done during flowering. Thus, according to Dahl, there is nothing on the surface that can be washed.

Depending on the variety, strawberries don’t want to be washed more than others, says Roswitha Schemm, owner of the Zehelein-Schemm strawberry farm in Franconia: “You can wash an ‘Elsanta’ more easily, but you shouldn’t wash a ‘Mieze’ Schindler’ in all.”

If you want to wash strawberries, make sure you use the whole fruit, that is, with the cup.

Tip: Rinse them very lightly, then lay the strawberries on paper towels to dry.

Strawberries are sensitive to pressure - care must be taken when washing them.

Strawberries are sensitive to pressure – care must be taken when washing them.
Photo: Christin Klose/dpa-tmn

How do I cut strawberries properly?

To enjoy strawberries pure or – depending on the recipe – to process them, they must first be cleaned – therefore the green sepals must be removed.

If you take the sepals between your fingers and carefully pull them out, you ensure that you lose as little flesh as possible.

Depending on the variety, a kind of small cone is extracted from the fruit. “The hole this creates is smaller in some varieties and larger in others,” says Schemm.

If you want to go faster, you can simply cut the green leaves with a sharp knife. But you lose more of the fruit this way.

Pure, in quark or as jam – what else can strawberries do?

Hickory with green leaves should be removed.

Hickory with green leaves should be removed.
Photo: Christin Klose/dpa-tmn

Of course, strawberries are a mouth-watering delight. But they also win points when used in jams, cakes or traditional quark. If you can’t get enough of fruit, here are some recipes.

Recipe: Strawberry Smoothie

Robert Dahl, for example, likes the taste of strawberry smoothies: “I feel like when I eat a few strawberries out of a bowl, they don’t taste as strawberry as when I process them into a smoothie.”

Preparation it’s very easy:

Take 500 grams of strawberries and mix them with a hand blender in a long bowl.

“After 60 seconds you have a 100 per cent strawberry smoothie – amazingly delicious,” says Dahl. His recipe for strawberry tiramisu makes you want to try it too.

Recipe: Tiramisu with strawberries

Ingredients (for four people):

Simply puree strawberries for a delicious smoothie.

Simply puree strawberries for a delicious smoothie.
Photo: Andrea Warnecke/dpa-tmn

  • 300 grams of strawberries
  • 2 spoons of powdered sugar
  • 150 ml of orange juice
  • 100 grams of cream
  • 250 grams of mascarpone
  • 3 tablespoons of eggs (or beat 2 egg yolks with powdered sugar)
  • About 150 g ladies’ fingers
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 square dessert plate

How to make tiramisu in 7 steps:

1. Cut the strawberries into small pieces and mix them with a spoonful of powdered sugar.

2. Pour the orange juice into a soup plate.

3. Whip the cream until stiff, then mix the mascarpone with the remaining powdered sugar and the eggs (or alternative). Then pour in the strawberries first and then the cream.

4. Spread two tablespoons of this cream on the bottom of the mold.

5. Briefly dip both sides of the cookies in the orange juice and line the pan with it.

6. Now it’s time to layer: Spread half of the cream on top and layer another layer of cookies. Finally, spread the rest of the cream on top.

7. Refrigerate for two hours and dust with cocoa powder before serving.

Recipe: Strawberry Boat with Cream Cheese

Strawberry Boats based on a recipe by Roswitha Schemm are ideal finger food for a summer party. Guaranteed: the plate will soon be empty.

Ingredients (for one large dish):

  • 500 g of large strawberries (varieties such as ‘Elianny’, ‘Sweet Mary XXL’, ‘Symphony’ are very suitable)
  • 100 grams of cream cheese
  • cream
  • green pepper

Quick preparation in 5 steps:

  • Rinse the strawberries a little, place them on kitchen paper and let them dry.
  • Cut the fruit in half with the cup and place flat side up on a plate.
  • Mix the cream cheese with a little cream so that the mixture fits into a piping bag and pours.
  • Place small caps on the halved strawberries.
  • Sprinkle lightly with green pepper from the pepper mill.

Strawberries also taste nice

The sweet and juicy taste of strawberries can also be combined with quite tasty ingredients. Fruit goes very well in fresh summer salads.

Roswitha Schemm’s light summer salad, for example, combines cheese and green asparagus. And the strawberry burger Karl is enriched with strawberries with salt and pepper.

Recipe: Easy summer salad with strawberries

Ingredients (for four people):

  • 250 g seasonal strawberries (such as ‘Lambada’, ‘Korona’, ‘Sweet Mary XXL’, ‘Mieze Schindler’, ‘Mara des bois’)
  • 100 g of feta or goat cheese
  • A bowl of colorful salad mix from different leaf lettuces
  • 1 kg of green asparagus
  • Salt
  • 1 spoon of honey
  • 50 ml of white balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons of salad oil
  • green pepper

To serve: Edible flowers, preferably blue borage flowers or small cornflower flowers (remove the bottom of the flower, just pluck)

6 steps – how to prepare fresh salad:

  • Wash the asparagus, clean the bottom and cut into 5-8 cm long pieces.
  • Fry briefly in hot oil, the asparagus should still be fresh.
  • Clean the lettuce, wash, dry and place on a plate or plates.
  • Serve with asparagus, sliced ​​or crumbled cheese and strawberries.
  • For the dressing, mix the balsamic vinegar, honey and salad oil and pour over the salad.
  • Sprinkle green pepper on top and garnish with edible flowers.

Serve immediately after serving.

Recipe: Strawberry burger

Ingredients (for one burger):

  • 1 burger bun
  • 1 slice of chicken breast
  • Some rocket salad
  • A few spoons of olive oil
  • 200 grams of strawberries
  • Salt pepper
  • 1 egg
  • 1 spoon of mustard
  • 1 tablespoon of vinegar
  • 150 ml of oil
  • 2 tablespoons chopped walnuts
  • Season the chicken
  • Remove the stem from the strawberries, cut into slices and season with salt, pepper and 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • For the mayonnaise, beat the egg until foamy, add the mustard and vinegar and add a little olive oil while stirring. Add the walnuts and season with salt and pepper
  • Fry the chicken on both sides
  • Wash the rocket, season with salt, pepper and vinegar, add a little olive oil.
  • Bake the rolls, now put them to the right size

Bought too much – 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.

Robert Dahl has had good experiences with pre-mashed strawberries.

Then they are filled, for example, into jam jars and put in the freezer. “Purée tastes really good after you thaw it again,” says Dahl.

If whole berries are to be frozen, you must act carefully:

If the strawberries have been washed beforehand, they should be laid out on kitchen paper and dried well, otherwise the fruit will have frozen water later or stick together in pieces.

If you can free up a compartment in the fridge at short notice, place the berries in a small freezer tray. “Then the surface is already slightly frozen,” says Roswitha Schemm. The strawberries are then placed in a freezer bag and can be removed individually if needed without any problems.

Robert Dahl also freezes strawberries for Karl’s sale and makes fresh jam from the thawed fruit.

Expert advice: “If you freeze the strawberries and then use them to make five jars of jam on December 15, the jam will still taste good. If you make the jam in June and eat it on December 15, it won’t taste as good.”

Recipe for quick strawberry jam:

Before freezing, weigh the strawberries and pack them in kilo packages in the freezer.

So you can take out a packet as needed and boil it 1:2 with 500g of canning sugar to make a delicious strawberry jam.

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