What To Do When Strawberries are in Season

What To Do When Strawberries are in Season

June is strawberry season and I have 24 lbs. worth of strawberries, that were handpicked locally, to use up before they go bad. The first thing I did was give some away. Next, I washed and cored a bunch and put them in the freezer to use for smoothies later in the year.

Fresh, in-season strawberries really can’t be beat so we kept eating them with every almost every meal for several days.

Easy Strawberry Pie

Next, I tackled making a strawberry pie – something I have never done before. I used the same pie crust recipe  to bake this Red, White and Blueberry pie but halved the recipe as I only needed the bottom crust. I blind baked the pie crust at 375 degrees for 20 minutes using dry beans to keep my crust sides up and the bottom down. Then I took the beans out and let it bake for about 10 minutes more until the edges started to brown. If I did this again I would definitely use more beans and have my crust go up and over the edge of the pie pan as mine sank a little while baking. Sad face.

Blind Bake Pie Crust

Bottom Pie Crust

Blind bake pie crust

Use dry beans to weigh down your crust while baking

I used this Easy Strawberry Pie recipe for the filling. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to use a Jello based filling or not, but I opted to try it this way the first time.

Fresh strawberry pie

Fresh strawberry pie

Slice of Strawberry Pie

Slice of Strawberry Pie

Last year I used fresh strawberries to make The Barefoot Contessa’s Fresh Strawberry Jam which I liked a lot because it doesn’t involve all the canning business. Basically you make it and eat it within two weeks which is not a difficult thing to do in my home.

Strawberry Jam

Strawberry Jam

What about you? What do you like to use all those fresh strawberries for? Leave a comment and give me some ideas for next year’s strawberry haul.

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  1. Emily
    June 22, 2016 / 10:44 am

    That pie looks so tempting while it’s sitting in the fridge😊

    • June 22, 2016 / 7:00 pm

      Yes they look weird in the pie but definitely serve a purpose. You can save them and reuse them for another pie. I know there are pie weights that you can buy but beans are easy!

  2. June 22, 2016 / 2:41 pm

    I seriously never would’ve thought about using beans to keep the pie crust in place while it was baking, taking that into account for the future! The pie looks soo great!

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    • June 22, 2016 / 6:59 pm

      Yes I learned the bean trick some years ago but this is the first time I have used it. The pie tasted really good!

    • June 27, 2016 / 11:18 am

      Thanks it was very tasty!

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