We picked two big mixing bowls of strawberries, today. The berries were huge huge and sweet and still warm from the sun.
I chopped seven cups for the freezer. Martha Stewart would freeze them nicely on cookie sheets, then package them up once they were frozen, so they didn’t stick together. I am not Martha Stewart. I pre-measure the packages to the sizes my recipes call for, throw them in vacuum-sealer baggies, and go to town. We just break them up and throw them in the blender for smoothies, anyways, or thaw them for baking and such.
This is way beyond the hundred mile diet. This is a zero mile diet. Those berries came from literally just out my front door!
We planted about 100 plants in four little patches, in 2011. We got fifty of an everbearing variety, and fifty of a June bearing variety. For whatever reason, all of the plants are going nuts right now. Last week, we put seven cups in the freezer, plus I took strawberries to work for lunches. This week was much the same; seven cups for the freezer, plus plenty to eat!
The taste is incomparable.