The strawberries are kinda petering out in my garden about now. I’m still getting some, but they are smaller and fewer. But since they are organic and I grew them, I don’t want to throw even one small one out. But what to do with the misshapen and small berries, even slightly overripe ones?
- Wash them
- Hull them
- Lay them on a cookie sheet in a single layer
- Transfer the sheet to the freezer
- When the berries are frozen solid, scoop them up and store in a labeled freezer bag (you don’t want to skip labeling- frozen they can seem very similar to other red fruits).
All shapes and sizes are welcome in the freezer where they can join their buddies to await their next role. Our favorite way to use them?
Did you know if you start with frozen fruit you don’t need to deal with ice in smoothies? And you also don’t need the dreaded banana to thicken it up – it’s all frozen fruit, baby (and yes, I’m aware there are a lot of people who adore bananas…I’m most definitely not one of them).
To make an ice-less, banana-less smoothie:
- Use one to three different kinds of berries and/or chopped and frozen peaches, kiwi, apples, etc. I pull a hand full from each bag and add to the blender.
- Add some yogurt or milk
- Add about 1/2 cup of fruit juice to the blender and blend. It’s pretty thick starting from frozen fruit, so use a spatula and more juice (or water) if needed to get a good, smooth blend going.
And those tiny, misshapen, and overripe berries? Who cares! It’s all good here.
Oh, and I do this with all berries, too. But you probably knew that, didn’t you?