Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Fresh Picked Strawberry Recipes

Last week was only the second time I've gone strawberry picking.  My first time yielded slightly disastrous results... I attempted jam - it didn't thicken, I pitched tons of berries because we didn't eat them fast enough and they turned to over ripe mush.  So this time, I wanted to make sure I used up as many as I could, as quickly as I could, and froze the rest.  The results were much better!

Saturday morning I made a scrumptious and very easy strawberry crumble that was devoured in no time.  It was incredible warm, alone or over vanilla ice cream with a pinch of fresh mint. It was also perfectly delicious at room temperature.  Jimmy and I just left a fork in the dish and nibbled every time we walked by it.  I figured we kiss each other enough so sharing a fork for a day isn't totally disgusting, right?  Ok, maybe a bit.

Fresh Strawberry Crisp
3 cups fresh berries, frozen
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup + 3/4 cup flour, divided
1 TBS fresh lemon juice
3/4 cup old fashioned oats
2/3 cup brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp salt
7 TBS chilled butter, diced

Preheat oven to 375.  Combine frozen berries. 1/4 cup sugar. 1/4 cup flour and lemon juice in a large bowl; toss to blend well.  Transfer to a buttered 9 inch pie dish.  Combine remaining 3/4 flour, oats, brown sugar, spices and salt in a medium bowl.  Add butter; mix with pastry blender or fingertips, until topping holds together in moist clumps.  Sprinkle over berry mixture.  Bake until berry mixture bubbles thickly and topping is golden brown, about 1 hour.  Let stand 15 minutes.  Serve warm or at room temperature.

(Note: I washed and dried my berries and popped them in the freezer overnight in a ziplock bag.  They were very ripe so I though by keeping them frozen to start they would help them hold their shape better.  Also, I kept my berries whole b/c they were on the smaller side.  If using very large berries, I would suggest cutting them in half.)

With my remaining berries, I made Ina's Easy Strawberry Jam.  Since I'm the only jam eater in the house, I kept a little for me and gave away the rest.  The recipe made enough for 3 half pint jars and will keep in the fridge for 2 weeks.   I had fun making little labels to put on the jars.

The problem was... I made the labels before I bought the jars and they were a bit too big for the tops.  They would have been perfect on a full size canning jar.  I also love these French canning jars from Sur La Table.  Next time!

I get a lot of questions about designing + printing labels.  They are much easier than you think but it takes a bit of tinkering with the printer.  I don't use graphic design software, just store bought labels (Paper Source in this case) and Pages (word processing software for Mac).  The three fonts I used to create these are: Soymilk, KR Fruitsy, The Skinny.  All can be downloaded from dafont.com.  The templates for the labels can be downloaded from Paper Source.  I also love the round kraft labels from Garnish.  They are probably my favorite to use on food gifts. Both strawberry recipes were big hits and will be made again! Enjoy!!

{the secret ingredient!}


  1. I can't wait to try your strawberry crisp tonight:) it looks wonderful. Also will you tell me what pattern your silverware is? I love it and we are in the market for some new stuff.

  2. Yay! The jam looks amazing but I'm so happy you shared the paper sources, seems easier than I thought;)

  3. Gee Tessa, I wish I lived close by so I could be a lucky recipient of your homemade jam! It looks yummy, and everything's better with some Grand Marnier in it, right? I'm not a jam maker, but I intend to give it a shot one day. Maybe I'll use this recipe. I like things with "easy" in the name.

    Strawberry picking is at the top of my list of things to do in the spring. We make a habit of picking gallons of berries each year. I freeze most of them and we use them to blend up breakfast smoothies year round.

  4. Mmmm...the strawberry crisp look delish! All the Boston-area strawberry festivals are coming up the next couple weeks. We'll be on the Cape next week so I'm hoping to find something strawberry-centered down there to go celebrate the scrumptious harvest!

  5. Tessa everything looks great ! After seeing your Instagram pictures I started craving strawberries so if you notice on my post this morning I went by the patch ! Have a wonderful week

  6. Oh my! Just viewing the images makes me crave for it right this very instance! Another strawberry recipe would definitely make me jump for joy! Whew! I really can’t wait to try this out, especially the strawberry pie and jam! Simply mouth-watering and this is truly to die for! Thanks for sharing!

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  7. Now take that strawberry jam and make that strawberry vinaigrette I just blogged about!