8 Essential Strawberry Recipes

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If you’re anything like us, you’re craving strawberries morning, noon, and night the minute warm weather kicks in. According to the University of Illinois, strawberries are the first fruit to ripen in the spring and are grown in every state. California leads the way in strawberry production, followed by Florida. The red berry’s popularity isn’t exclusive to growing though, more than half of 7- to 9-year-olds chose it as their favorite fruit, and 94 percent of households in the U.S. reported consuming strawberries. A winner with kids and adults, strawberries are healthy too. Eat one cup and you’ll have met your daily vitamin C needs and then some. But you probably didn’t need all that convincing to turn your strawberries into meals and snacks, and here are the eight recipes that will keep you snacking on strawberries all day.

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1. Small-Batch Strawberry Jam

Unless you’re regularly canning, chances are you don’t want huge quantities of jam on hand. That is why this Food.com recipe is so useful; you can easily make homemade strawberry jam, and since it yields about 1.5 cups, you won’t have a freezer jam-packed with jam.

Ingredients:

  • cups fresh strawberries, sliced
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

Directions: In a 10- or 12-inch wide skillet bring fruit, sugar and lemon juice to boil over medium high heat, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to medium and cook, stirring constantly and skimming foam as necessary. Cook about 8 to 10 minutes, until mixture begin to look syrupy and thicken slightly. Cool jam to room temperature before serving. Refrigerate.

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