Friday, April 9, 2010

Sugared Strawberries

I have had several people ask me how to make sugared strawberries for strawberry shortcake. Since we were having strawberry shortcake for dessert on Easter Sunday I thought this would be a great time for me to share this quick and easy Sugared Strawberries recipe. I love the simple strawberry syrup that it creates, and it bring back great childhood memories. One thing I love about sugared strawberries is it’s red!! I know that sounds weird, but not to me. I am highly allergic to red dye #40. Pretty much anything and everything you find that is red and eatable has red dye #40 in it and I cannot have it. You would be amazed at the thing I can't have like boxed yellow cake mixes. So basically anything red is off limits except for these. I know I can have them because I made them myself. I cannot trust anything that I cannot read a label on.

Ingredients:
  • 16 ounces (1 pound) of whole fresh strawberries
  • 3/4 cup of granulated sugar
Directions
  1. Wash and slice strawberries removing the leaves and stems
  2. In a closeable bowl (or you can put plastic wrap over your bowl) add the sliced strawberries and the sugar
  3. Mix together well and seal the bowl up
  4. Refrigerate for at least four hours.
  5. Serve over poundcake, angel food, or even ice cream




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3 comments:

~Alison~ said...

Nicole, I'm wondering if the sugared strawberries can be frozen. Do you know? I had some strawberries that needed to get used up, I sugared them and still didn't get around to using them up, so I stuck the whole container of sliced and sugared strawberries into the freezer...syrup and all. Not sure if it will thaw nicely or not. Guess I'll find out.

Colie's Kitchen said...

Alison my Mom would freeze them in the suagar all the time when I was a kid. I don't think you will have a problem. They are sooo great over ice cream. This year we have a surplus of strawberry's around here and they are pretty cheap I got an entire flat of them for $3.95 the other day at the farmers market. So cheap, then again, maybe it's just the fact that it's the only fruit that is affordable around here. Right now grapes are over $3 a pound. Onions are .99/lb, $3/ 5lbs on tatars, green bell pepers are .99 EACH! I had a guy at the famers market want to sell me green bell peppers for $3 per pound WOW seriously? It makes me laugh because they are always saying how Americans are so fat, yet right now veggies are not affordable. I told my husband soon we will be eating veggies out of cans because they are cheaper, but like he said they will only be cheaper for awhile, then their prices will catch up. I guess then we won't eat veggies? How are prices in PA?

~Alison~ said...

Honestly, I'm not really good at keeping track of the prices of produce. Since Gracie's been born, I rarely get out to do the grocery shopping(almost a year). My hubs usually does the shopping on his way home. But even before that, fresh produce was something I had trouble keeping track of the good prices. I don't know why!
But you're right, that is why Americans are so fat....it's cheaper to grab something from the Dollar Menu at McDonald's (or similar) than it is to prepare a nice healthy meal. My friend and I always joke that it's more affordable to be fat! I'm trying to change that now....it's a struggle!