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Going to an organic farm to pick strawberries next week. What are your favorite ways to use them? We all love them, and I want lots of creative ideas so I have a good excuse to get lots. Obviously I will have to freeze some - any ideas on the best way? Also, has anyone ever made homemade jam?
 

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Strawberry rhubarb pie yum yum yum yum.....<br><br>
When I freeze strawberries, I puree them first then freeze them in silicone muffin cups. When they're frozen, I can peel the cups off and reuse them. That way they're portioned for smoothies through the winter, and they take up much less space than if I were to freeze the berries whole. Come winter, I'll take one out of the freezer and put it in a little bowl in the fridge to thaw the day before I'll use it.
 

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Jam is easy....I use a low sugar recipe that comes with Pomona Universal Pectin.<br><br>
I have to buy TONS if I want strawberries for anything around here. They eat them as fast as I can wash them!
 

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we've been getting fresh organic strawberries from a local farm for several weeks and they are gone by the end of the day. they are so sweet and delicious that we just eat them straight, but the other day, we decided to be decadent and dip them in fresh, organic cream.
 

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I make a strawberry jam/puree that goes great on muffins, breads, pancakes, waffles, etc... Here is the recipe, it has no pectin.<br><br>
Berry Jam<br>
Yield: about 1 cup<br>
1 and 1/2 cups fresh raspberries, strawberries, or blueberries<br>
1/3 cup sugar or honey (more or less)<br>
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice<br><br>
In heavy saucepan, mix fruit, sugar, and liquid. Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring frequently. Reduce heat immediately to a simmer and cook uncovered until thick, 15 to 20 minutes. Transfer to a jar and cool to room temperature before covering and storing in refrigerator.<br><br>
I use a potato masher while they're cooking to make sure strawberries are mashed really well. I don't know how long it will last in the refrigerator... it's always gone in a day or two at our house. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I don't know how long it will last in the refrigerator... it's always gone in a day or two at our house. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"></div>
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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I was going to ask you how long you think it would last refrigerated! Anyone else know how long something like that would last?
 

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My grandma makes what she calls strawberry freezer jam. I know the recipe calls for pectin. She jars it up and freezes it. I am still working on my last jar from last year and it's still fine.
 
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