Sunday, June 12, 2011
I was shocked the first time I saw my mother-in-law get strawberries (from the store) ready for making strawberry shortcake (shortcake also from the store *shudder*). She washing them, cut them up, hulled them, and then got out a potato masher and started mashing away! I'd never seen such a thing! I've always processed them like I remember my grandma doing--by washing them, taking the green part off (usually with a paring knife, but I've been known to use a fingernail instead), cutting them up, sprinkling sugar on them, stirring it up, then setting the bowl in the fridge for a couple hours. I had no idea that other people did it any differently!
I don't just use these strawberries for strawberry shortcake. One of my favorite desserts in the world is strawberries, processed as described above, on vanilla ice cream. One of my favorite breakfasts--waffles with strawberries and whipped cream. It is very much like having strawberry shortcake for breakfast!
How do you process your strawberries and what are your favorite ways to eat them? Do you sugar them, mash them, both, or do something else?