For the second time, I made my own strawberry filling. Not only that, my husband, daughter and I picked the strawberries ourselves! Ha! We went strawberry picking – a first for our family – with our friends on March 26th at the Sweet Berry Farm in Marble Falls. The weather couldn’t be any more gorgeous. It was perfect!
So that’s how strawberries look like outside of Costco! Hahaha! My thirty-something self felt like a kid and shared in the excitement my 6-year old was feeling.
I gave my little girl instructions to only pick the biggest, brightest red and bruise free strawberries she could find. She nodded her pretty little head, of course. But when we got home, I still found a couple of strawberries that shouldn’t have been in my daughter’s pail. Oh well. She did try. She was just happy to be doing something with her friends. Here she is with one of them comparing harvests…
After a while, she lost interest in being a strawberry picker and handed her pail to me to continue filling it for her. We ended up with a little over $11 worth of strawberries, which were priced at $2.75 per pound.
If I may be honest, I’ve had sweeter, better tasting strawberries. We should probably pick strawberries at the farm where Costco gets its strawberries. But as one of my gal pals put it, Costco’s strawberries may be sweeter and cheaper even, but taking pre-packaged strawberries in in the cold storage of Costco does not make for very good photo ops. Hee hee. Ok. Fine.
We’re glad we got to go strawberry picking. We’ll do it again in a heartbeat, far from sweet strawberries notwithstanding. So what did I do with our strawberry harvest? I turned them into homemade strawberry filling and used it in two cakes I made last weekend. We still had some leftover, which we can use as topping for waffles or for some good ‘ol peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. We’re taking it easy on the filling though. Too much of it, even if it’s not so sweet anyway, might lead us to apidextra. No, thank you.
I got the strawberry filling recipe HERE, contributed by Danielle Michalski. You won’t believe how easy it is to make!
2 1/2 C coarsely chopped hulled strawberries
1/2 C sugar
2 1/2 T cornstarch
1. Bring all ingredients to a boil in a heavy small sauce pan, stirring constantly and crushing berries slightly with back of spoon.
2. Boil 2 minutes to thicken, stirring constantly (mixture will be slightly chunky).
3. Pour into bowl and cool completely.
Quick and easy! It will take more time to get in the car and drive off to Walmart to buy a jar of strawberry preserves. It would be cheaper, yes, but where’s the fun in that? :P
Like I said, I used the strawberry filling for two out of the 3 cakes I made over the weekend. You can very well guess what I’ll be posting about next! *wink*