Florida Strawberry Festival

One of the benefits of living in Florida is our incredible year round produce. While the rest of the nation is stuck with root vegetables and apples, we have an abundance of broccoli, carrots, greens, our famous citrus, avocados and luscious strawberries in season all Winter. Every February, grocery stores, farmers markets and fruit stands across Florida are filled with delicious strawberries. I have developed a few recipes using my favorite “winter” fruit for you to try at a home. Some complex. Some simple. Let me know what you think.

 

Freshly chopped strawberries waiting to be made into jam

Fresh STRAWBERRY Sauce

 

jarred sauce ready for pancakes, cheesecake or ice cream
  • 1 lb of fresh strawberries, washed, hulled and chopped
  • 1/4-1/3 cup of superfine sugar
  • zest from one lemon
  • 1 TBSP fresh lemon juice
mounds of fresh berries ready for cooking
  • Place berries in a medium sized heavy sauce pan. Be certain to remove and white or green from the berries for the best flavor.
  • Crush berries with potato masher or wooden spoon.
  • Add sugar, zest and lemon juice
  • Cook until bubbly and the berries come to a boil. About 5-10 minutes.
  • Reduce heat and let berries simmer until thoroughly cooked and jammy. Continue to break down berries with the spoon. Add a bit of water or 1 tbsp of Kirsch or Grand Marnier if sauce becomes too think- about 1/4 cup at a time. If your berries are very fresh, you will not need to add water.
  • Carefully remove any foam from the top of the sauce.
  • Strain the sauce to remove any seeds with a fine sieve
  • Store sauce in sterilized canning jars for up to seven days in the fridge.
cook sauce over medium heat
strawberry sauce in sterilized jars ready for gift giving

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