Strawberry Season: 3 Quick and easy recipes to try

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Strawberry season means ripe, red berries are showing up in abundance at grocery stores and farmers’ markets. Many of you have enjoyed the Pungo Strawberry festival in recent weeks and have a stock at home. They’re fragrant and juicy this time of year, but they don’t keep for long once they’re in the fridge.

If you’re looking for some simple strawberry recipes to use up your stash, you’re in the right place!

1. Strawberry Butter:

Strawberry butter is delicious melted on a piping-hot English muffin, and gives frozen waffles new character.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup butter (2 sticks), room temperature
  • 4 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup chopped strawberries

DIRECTIONS:

-Use a hand mixer or stand mixer to combine the room temperature butter and sugar.

-Add the chopped strawberries to the butter mixture and beat until combined.

-Transfer to an air tight container and store in the fridge for up to two weeks.

2. Easy Strawberry Ice Cream Topping

This is an easy – and vegan! – way to use up strawberries that may be slightly past their prime. The flavor is bright and tangy, and you’ll love the way your home smells after whipping up this sweet topping.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 cups chopped strawberries
  • 2 tablespoons sugar (or more, depending on how sweet the strawberries are)
  • 1 ½ tablespoons chia seeds

DIRECTIONS:

-Put the chopped strawberries into a medium-sized pot over medium heat, and let them start to release their juices.

-Add the sugar to the strawberries, and let it cook for a few minutes, stirring occasionally.

-Add the chia seeds and stir them into the strawberries, letting it cook for about 10 minutes. Chia seeds naturally thicken up a liquid, and are said to have plenty of nutritional benefits as well. You’ll want the mixture to thicken up and become syrupy.

-Once your strawberry syrup has thickened nicely, turn off the heat and move the pot off the burner to cool down.

-Once it is cool, transfer the syrup to a food processor or blender and blend until smooth.

-Transfer to a jar or other air tight container, and enjoy over ice cream. Swirl it into your morning oatmeal or yogurt for another treat!

3. Strawberry Lemonade

Quench your thirst with homemade strawberry lemonade! Once you’ve made this, it’ll be tough to go back to powdered mix.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 ½ cups chopped strawberries
  • 1 ½ cups fresh lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup sugar or honey (use more if you’d like a sweeter drink)
  • 3 cups of water

DIRECTIONS:

-Use a blender to combine the chopped strawberries with about ¼ cup lemon juice.

-Strain the blended strawberries with a fine-mesh sieve, gently pushing the mixture through the sieve into a pitcher.

-Mix the strawberry juice with the rest of the lemon juice, sugar (or honey) and water until the sugar is dissolved.

-Enjoy over ice.

*Bonus Tip: This recipe works great with watermelon or blueberries in place of the strawberries. For another twist, try using lime juice instead of lemon juice for a limeade.

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