Strawberry Fields Forever!

It’s strawberry season in our neck of the woods and we just polished off a fresh picked pint from our local farmers market.  Whether you're planning to pick your own or pick them up at the market, be sure to follow these simple tips to protect your investment.

1.  Choose Wisely- Select strawberries that are plump and glossy red with fresh green stems.  Avoid pale strawberries or partially ripened ones, which are likely white on the inside and void of flavor. 

2.  Handle with Care - If you manage not to eat all of the strawberries on the way home, be sure to keep them refrigerated and dry.  Rinse only just before serving and gently pat dry with a paper towel.

3.  Freeze Properly - Freeze a bunch while they're at their peak to enjoy them months from now in smoothies, ice cream, sauces and more.  Rinse strawberries and pat dry.  Place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment or waxed paper then freeze, uncovered, for 24 hours.  Transfer strawberries to freezer bag for safe keeping.

Watch here to learn how to make my Strawberry Prosecco Pops, a tasty summertime treat for grown ups.  Who says kids have all the fun?