Fresh strawberries, need we say more? Check out these tips for choosing, storing, and preparing strawberries:
Choose shiny, firm strawberries with a bright red color.
Caps should be fresh, green and intact.
Avoid shriveled, mushy or leaky berries.
Do not wash strawberries until ready to eat. Store in refrigerator
for 1-3 days.
10 Ways to Prepare Strawberries
Balsamic & Berries. Reduce balsamic in a sauce pan by bringing to a boil then simmering over low heat until it has a syrup consistency. Top low-fat frozen yogurt with fresh strawberries and finish with a drizzle of the balsamic reduction.
Sweet Greens. Add sliced berries to mesclun greens (or other mixed greens) along with chopped walnuts and a few tablespoons of gorgonzola cheese, then toss with a low-fat balsamic vinaigrette.
Strawberry Ade. Purée strawberries in a blender and pour into a pitcher with lemon juice, water and a touch of sugar. Serve over ice and garnish with fresh mint sprigs.
A Light Dessert. Top angel food cake with sliced berries and low-fat vanilla ice cream.
Sweet & Sophisticated. Make a parfait with low-fat frozen yogurt and sliced strawberries. Alternate in a tall glass and top with a strawberry.
Healthier Pancakes. Top waffles or pancakes with sliced strawberries and bananas for a fresh alternative to traditional syrup.
Refreshing Smoothie. Freeze whole strawberries, grapes, and bananas. Blend with 100% orange juice, adding just enough to make a frozen purée. Garnish with a mint leaf and serve. Refreshing!
Sweet & Tangy. Incorporate strawberries into a salad along with other fresh fruit, turkey and a mustard dressing.
Elegantly Easy Ceviche. Dice fresh strawberries and add them to a shrimp ceviche with fresh vegetables, citrus juices and cilantro for a refreshing and light appetizer.
Berries & Chocolate. Dip fresh berries in melted dark chocolate (or use chocolate hummus!) for a special treat.