The Denizens like to leave me lists of things they believe I should immediately rush out and buy for them.
Apparently not long ago, Boo Bug was listing “strawberries” as a needed item, and Eldest was going “tea! tea! tea! tea! tea!” until finally Boo wrote it in, with of course, the obligatorily snotty “happy?” after it.
To which Eldest replied…
Oh, and on the strawberries? We’re going to need to have a chat, because it wasn’t that long ago that I brought these home.
Yeahhhhhh, that was an all-day event to get those all processed and into the freezer. And then those kids went through them in about half of nothing FLAT, because, SMOOTHIES.
Meanwhile, the pureed peaches, nectarines and so forth (from the stuff in the boxes behind the boxes of strawberries)…is…well. Not exactly “untouched.” But there’s still SOME of it left!
…and I’m not quite emotionally prepared for dealing with another enormous amount of strawberries, is the thing…
I wish I had purchased a flat of strawberries this year for jam!
That looks like, what, four quarts of strawberries in each layer?
I'm kind of surprised you bothered to freeze them. Will your kids eat strawberries plain, or only as smoothies and only after someone else (you) has washed them and trimmed the leaves off?
In my experience, kids will eat a quart of strawberries each a day, unless overruled by parents. And it sounds like processing and freezing didn't make them last much longer...
Strawberries are the fruit of choice in our house too. I just got a couple flats but didn't have time to "deal" with them. So into the blender they went (we don't like chunks in our freezer jam) and I just froze the crushed berries. It saves tons of freezer space because you are not storing the sugar! Then this winter when our jam is gone, I can pull out the pureed berries and make jam! Just thought I'd share how I "deal" with flats of berries!
When I was a kid, hulling the strawberries was a kid chore. Thought there was a certain amount of attrition...
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