Strawberries for Every Meal
By Rachel Teichman
On the last day of spring break I took my kids strawberry picking. There were all kinds of rules pertaining to how to pick them. “Don’t pick the baby berries.” “Don’t pick the flowers.” “Don’t step over the rows of plants.” “Do pick the big ripe strawberries!” We left with two big buckets full, about eight pounds of berries.
However we did not leave with any rules on what to do with all this fresh deliciousness! But we have managed to incorporporate strawberries into every meal since, and will continue to do so until we run out! Here are some ideas we have tried, and will try, as we get to the bottom of both berry buckets.
Slice and freeze the berries, so they are ready for smoothies or sauces
Blend with milk for fresh strawberry milk-Fold into muffin or banana bread batte
Slice into green salad for a fruity addition
Make fruit cups with strawberries and other fruit
Chop into prepared salsa, or make some from scratch
Top pancakes or strawberry shortcake
Dip into melted chocolate and cool
Serve with yogurt and brown sugar or honey
Puree and mix into yogurt, and freeze
Of course eating these berries is fun! But strawberries are also such a good model and supply for craft projects too.
Kids can draw their own strawberry on paper with endless amounts of multicolored seeds. They can add faces to their drawings too.
Strawberries can be connected with toothpicks to make edible Tinker Toys.
The green stems can be strung along with other leaves and flowers to make a lei necklace.-Once the stem is cut off kids can use them as stamps on white paper.
They can be used for counting and math games. Subtracting them is always yummy!
Rachel Teichman is the founder of OOGIAH, an online resource for Jewish families who are moving or traveling throughout the US. The site includes a blog full of creative ways for families to cook, craft and play together. Rachel has also edited the SF Bay Area family events calendar for Red Tricycle, along with writing about family-friendly restaurants. She is a mother of two, and she loves to bake scones! You can find out more about her here.
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