Strawberries!

Discussion in 'Fruit, Nuts & Berries' started by foamheart, May 2, 2015.

  1. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Last week I got two large flats, 12 pints each. We had had so much rain for the two weeks prior the berries were no good. Too much water robs the taste and spoils in 1 day .

    Wel someone one loves me and brought me two more today, and not only did I say nothing about the weeks before being a waste, but didn't even hint. So today I get get the door and I have ..........


    One box was big and beautiful, the other box small but still berries.

    Then comes the hard part..... cleaning and slicing.


    Three big tupperware bowl of sliced and some large and pretty left for munching and maybe a pie.

    Here's what I am thinking, One bowl for jelly, one bowl for booze, and one bowl for the freezer for shortcake during the winter. What do ya think?


    Sure wish I could share!

    Now ya know why I am still looking for time to make tamales from week! before last!!
     
  2. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Did you have to make coffee real fast !!!!
     
  3. rmmurray

    rmmurray Master of the Pit

    That's one heck of a score. Someone sure does love you. Enjoy them my friend.
    -Ryan
     
  4. I remember my aunts and uncles going over to LA every spring for the big strawberry festivals. Grandmother would always make me a strawberry angel food (homemade angel food cake torn apart and put back together with fresh strawberry gel it an and strawberries then covered with whip cream and strawberries). Remember eating one by myself when I was 8 or 9 (got ahold of it before anyone else got home). Took me a few years to enjoy them again. Evertone was mad, but nanny told them to lyove me alone, she made the cake for me and if I ate all of it that was ok.

    If we could only go back to the good ole days
     
  5. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Yep!  We are in the middle of strawberry season here.

    On my way to the shooting range, I pass a couple of strawberry patches with stands.  The oriental folks grow great strawberries and sell them at a reasonable price.

    And I can see exactly where they are grown.  Nothing from other countries!

    Good luck and good smoking.
     
  6. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    ::U[date::

    18 jars of Jelly! I could have sworn there was 20........


    4 qts. of strawberry juice, I only had a 1/2 gallon of vodka!! Mmmmm.... fruit juice!


    Supper tonight? Scramble eggs with Graton, toast with fresh unset jelly, and some fresh strawberries for desert. That graton (the meat bits), cooked in scrambled eggs absorbs the moisture and the flavors of that tender fried meat in the eggs......... I wish I could share some with everyone!!


    Maybe strawberry shortcake before bed?
     
    Last edited: May 3, 2015
  7. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    LOL... I am affraid it might keep me awake!
     
  8. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thank you Ryan, the family has raised strawberries yearly for funsies for over 40 years. Its started out with one row. Then by the end was totally out of control. See ours was always the bigest and sweetest because the hog pens and the chicken yard was next to the rows....LOL  We gave away what we didn't have room for. When Mom said that was it, we still had to pick 'em to give 'em away. Never let anyone but family in the garden, and no telling how many flats we gave away.

    I guarantee I can tell the different varieties of local berries simply by tasting.
     
  9. rmmurray

    rmmurray Master of the Pit

    That is quite a tradition!
     
  10. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Wow we call those a cloud cake. Split the ring slather it with jelly, put the top back on and cover the top with fresh berries and fill the cent hole up with fresh whipped cream! Thank you, I had forgotten those completely.

    Yes sir, but its all different today, too big a hurry to get somewhere.

    Thank you for sharing and reminding me of something I enjoyed. (Especially with fresh berries here!)
     
  11. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    The problem with most variety of berries is the truck farmers raise them to sell. They was a study less fluid berry. Cayanosa variety is a good example its probably the nost shipped berry in the US. They grow large, they last long before degrading, but are not as sweet or tender. I will give 'em this though they now have that good smell down.

    There is nothing like fresh berries to put a snap in your shorts. My favorite use? A Foamheart special strawberry daqurii. LOL I bet I have burnt up 10 blenders. My sis every year at Christmas would ask me the blender status at my house....ROFLMAO!
     
  12. http://www.kuchentogether.com/?p=448. This is close To the recipe my grandmother made, but it was all made from scratch, no store bought stuff, other than the Knox gelatin. Though those dadaiquiri ' s sound like they would hit the spot. Remember eating a few baskets out of the flat when they were first brought home too.
     
  13. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Its no longer a tradition, you have no idea how much work strawberries are. You can't stand, or kneel, you have to bend over. AND when you have so many berry plants you have to pick twice a day ..... well my Dad never had a back problem and hes 91 this year. I quit messin with 'em, my first heart attack was planting berries. They are a royal pain, but everyone loves 'em. Including us! LOL.
     
  14. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    That does look good, and I understand homemade.

    I actually bought my first brownie mix this week. And only because a recipe I want to try calls for it.

    The above does look good.
     
  15. Supper tonight? Scramble eggs with Graton, toast with fresh unset jelly, and some fresh strawberries for desert. That graton (the meat bits), cooked in scrambled eggs absorbs the moisture and the flavors of that tender fried meat in the eggs......... I wish I could share some with everyone!!

    Hi foam, if you want to share some I'm only a few minutes away.
     
  16. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Cecil you know your bride feeds you better than that!
     
  17. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Whats left? Well it either a cajun cheesecake or a shoney's strawberry pie? Since I didn't think of the cheese cake first, AND I can make one later using the frozen sliced berries, I went with the Shoney's Pie.  If Shoneys are still around they make the best strawberry pies.... well for store bought anyway.

    Gonna make this short and sweet. I made a vanilla wafer pie crust (I get tired of always doing graham crackers & the vanilla wafers crusts I like better), I cleaned the last of the whole berries, cut them in half and filled the crust.


    Not so much to look at.........

    I slapped together the Jell sauce for lack of the proper name.


    Then you just pour that stuff over the pie so it encapsulates all the berries and makes this wonderful type glaze.


    Set it in the reefer to later tonight, or maybe coffee tomorrow. Of course I'll make some sweeted whipped cream.

    Before you are below is my recipe. The only deviation I made this time was to substitute a 10 oz can of strawberry soda pop for the 8 oz of water. You just can't get enough sugar and stawberry right? LOL

    Thats it again till tomorrow, kum-baa-yaa scouts.
     
  18. She feeds me good but she is a redneck, I'm the Cajun in the family. After 45 year together I still haven't been able to convince her that crawfish, crabs and shrimp are edible foods.
     
  19. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    LOL... I just realized I didn't include my recipe...... Mmmmmm..... good stuff Manard!

    Click here to see the recipe for Shoney's Strawberry Glazed Pie (Kevin)
    http://www.dvo.com/BestRecipes2/0503_164737411.html?CID=email

    I am sorry, was not trying to be a tease!

    Oh btw if you ever use a vanilla wafer crust, its the same as a graham cracker crust just omitt any sugar additive, they are sweet enough already. Chocolate cookies make good crusts also.
     
    Last edited: May 4, 2015
  20. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    So I got a picture this afternoon...... The Bear view I guess......


    Even used the good china for ya......... Try it if ya get a chance, you'll like it.
     

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