Sinking In Surplus Strawberries? How To Use Strawberries

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How To Use Strawberries

Are you overwhelmed with strawberries? Have you found a good sale and are looking for recipes and ideas to use strawberries? Here are some ideas for you!

How To Use Strawberries

Ah June! –In the spring we think of a mouth-watering strawberry patch. Now it has turned into a forest with enough strawberries to feed most of the U.S. Undaunted by the mounds of berries in our kitchen, we have visions of row after row of beautiful jars of strawberry jam on our shelves.

Then it happens! The first pot boils over leaving a red mess all over the stove, up on the walls and on the counters and floor. Hours later after the kitchen looks like World War III was fought in it we stand in our kitchen and proudly display our 2 pints of strawberry jam.

Don’t despair. Canning isn’t the only way to use excess strawberries. Here are some other suggestions to help you use strawberries:

yummy strawberry shake
  • Think small. Don’t plant too many plants in your garden. Plant just enough for what you need.
  • File all your recipes for fruits and veggies in order by the name of the fruit. Then when you need to find recipes for all the extra produce you can easily find several recipes.
  • To freeze berries: Throw extras into a bag and freeze. Don’t waste time freezing them on a tray, they do just as well thrown in a bag.
  • Use extra strawberries in milkshakes, homemade smoothies, homemade popsicles, and fruit gelatin.
  • Top on cereal or oatmeal; add milk for a cream flavor.
Strawberry Fruit Leather Recipe


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Strawberry Fruit Leather Recipe

3 cups fresh or frozen strawberries*
1 Tbsp. lemon juice
1 Tbsp. light corn syrup

Place strawberries in a blender and process until smooth. Measure 2 cups of strawberry puree. Stir in lemon juice and corn syrup. Line a 15×10 inch jellyroll pan with heavy-duty plastic wrap and tape plastic wrap to the pan at the corners. Pour strawberry mixture in prepared pan and spread thin, leaving 1 inch on all sides. You can adjust this to fit your dehydrator or another pan; be sure it is spread thin on the pan. Dry in an oven at 150° or a dehydrator for 7-8 hours or until surface is no longer sticky. Remove leather from pan while still warm and roll up jellyroll fashion. Cut into logs and wrap in plastic wrap. Make five 2 inch logs.

*Any other fruit may be used in place of the strawberries.

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  1. Grizzly bear mom says

    And if your strawberries are no longer firm and instead are turning squishy, pop them in the freezer for topping cereal and ice cream, or to make into jelly or fruit leader.

    Ensure you do so before they good bad. Spoiled fruit is only good for composting.

  2. Jessica K says

    Quick question about fruit leather recipe – could you use honey or agave nectar in place of corn syrup? Open to other suggestions as well :) THanks!

  3. Denise Spruce says

    I am allergic to sulfa drugs so sulfites in dried fruit causes an allergic reaction. I dry my own strawberries, apricots and other fruits to avoid those problems. A great way to use up extra fruit while it is in season. I purchased a nice Excalibur dehydrator years ago and it has provided many years of healthy dried fruit.

  4. Nancy Roath says

    I love smoothies, and always made them with milk. I became lactose intolerant, so I substituted juice, instead. I buy the concentrate, and blueberry pomegranate is my favorite. I use strawberries, half of a frozen banana, and ice, in the juice. I don’t add sugar. I can always find coupons for Old Orchard juice, and a local chain grocery has it 4/$5.00, so with the coupon, it is a dollar for a can that makes 64 ounces when reconstituted.

    Love your website! I have two of your cookbooks, and have found some great recipes!

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