A blueprint for strawberries
Summer is this awesome time full of fresh food, sunlight, and (for me at least) the temptation to pick pounds and pounds of amazing fruit. In past years, the produce has overwhelmed me, and left me slaving over a canning pot at four in the morning in a desperate race against time and rotting berries.
This year, I went in with a plan, and triumphed over the u-pick strawberries. In case you’re still engaged in that battle I know so well, here’s my blueprint for 26 pounds of strawberries.
At least four pounds went into our hands and mouths.
Another four pounds went into jam.
A pound went into strawberry ice cream, and another into strawberry and cream biscuits.
A whole lot, like ten pounds of a lot, got flash-frozen and are now tucked into the freezer for next winter. And the rest went into strawberry daiquiris. Six pounds worth of strawberry daiquiris.
I get that daiquiris might not be the most fashionable drink. Which is a shame, and I wonder if it might have something to do with the fact that these days, they’re often made with sugar syrup and no fruit to speak of.
But these might change your mind.
Makes four or five drinks, depending on your pouring.
4 cups sliced strawberries
1 cup white rum
3 ounces frozen limeade
1 cup crushed ice or 12 ice cubes
whipped cream (optional)
Combine the first four ingredients in a blender, and blend until smooth. Taste, and adjust to your preference. Top with whipped cream if desired.