National strawberry day
February 27th, 2013
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While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday.

February 27 is National Strawberry Day.

As most of us long for spring and summer, let’s take a moment to get excited about all the fruits and vegetables that will be filling our fridges come warmer weather - like strawberries.

There is more to the strawberry than meets the eye: They're technically not berries, and they're considered to be the only fruit with their seeds on the outside. While strawberries aren't in season until May or June in most areas, that doesn't mean you can't find these ruby gems in your grocery store, you just need to check a different aisle.

Frozen strawberries are quite common these days. They're usually stocked alongside frozen veggies or novelties in the freezer section of your grocery store. They're ready to use right out the bag and a great way to get the springtime salivary glands going. Of course, you could freeze your own strawberries (and other berries for that matter) yourself. Stock up on fresh strawberries when they're at their peak and follow these simple tips:

  • Wash and dry the strawberries thoroughly.
  • Cut the leaves off and hull the strawberries, or just cut them in half.
  • You can either put them straight into a freezer-safe bag and into the freezer, or you can put them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and freeze them individually.
  • If the latter, once each strawberry is frozen, put them in a freezer-safe bag until you’re ready to use them.

Frozen strawberries can be used many ways - they’re great in smoothies or for ice creams. They can also be used in frozen alcoholic drinks like daiquiris or margaritas. You can even cook them down for sauces: Brush pork or chicken with strawberry barbecue sauce, or drizzle strawberry balsamic sauce on top of ice cream or cake.

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  1. Ryan Goodman

    I absolutely love my fresh strawberries every Spring! Where I grew up in Arkansas, we have huge strawberry crops and there are fresh supplies at every Farmers' Market and road-side stand. My favorite is a strawberry shortcake. Can't beat it!

    The fruit is a huge part of my hometown's history – http://www.encyclopediaofarkansas.net/encyclopedia/entry-detail.aspx?entryID=5732

    March 3, 2013 at 7:13 pm |
  2. Meghan

    Actually, "Lettuce," this is peak harvesting season for Florida strawberries. The Florida Strawberry Festival runs now through March 10th.

    March 1, 2013 at 6:03 pm |
  3. Kev

    Or we could do the Alton Brown method and freeze them individually in a cooler full of dry ice and then put them in a freezer.

    February 27, 2013 at 2:25 pm |
  4. On the Lettuce Edge

    who decides these things. I don't think anyone in the US is harvesting strawberries right now. If farmers were in charge it would be be national protect your strawberry plants from moles and deer day.

    February 27, 2013 at 1:06 pm |
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