Strawberries and sugar

Don’t eat New Zealand Strawberries

These days, they sell things that look like strawberries at the store all year round. But they’ll only *taste* like strawberries in May and June, and maybe into July. While they’re good, buy two or three flats of strawberries and slice them up and freeze them, and you’ll have delicious strawberry sauce even in February.

But after slicing strawberries for a couple of hours, make sure you save enough out to eat fresh – they’re always best fresh!

How to make Strawberries in Sugar:

Cut up about two cups of fresh strawberries. Cut off the tops and cut the strawberries in half, or into quarters if they are big ones. Add 1/4 cup of sugar (and 1/4 cup of white wine if you want), and let the strawberries sit for half an hour while you eat lunch (perhaps some matzobrei or egg salad?).

After lunch, you’ll find that the sugar has gotten the strawberries to give up some of their liquid. You can eat the strawberries as they are, or make them fancier by adding two teaspoons of chopped mint or basil, or some lemon zest.

Vegetarian or Vegan?

Strawberries with sugar are a great vegan dessert.

Will strawberries with sugar keep?

Not in the refrigerator. If there’s really a lot left over, freeze it and you can make strawberry sauce with it later.

Published by Karen Carr

Dr. Karen Carr is Associate Professor Emerita, Department of History, Portland State University. She holds a doctorate in Classical Art and Archaeology from the University of Michigan. Follow her on Instagram, Pinterest, or Facebook, or buy her book, Vandals to Visigoths.

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