I know it’s way too early to expect delicious strawberries. When they are ripe and ready the farmer’s market will smell of these summer jewels. But I passed the strawberries at Trader Joe’s yesterday and they were a beautiful shade of red with a scent sweet enough to entice me to take a chance on a small box. . Not surprisingly, they were less than impressive. Great texture, but no delivery when it came to yummy sweet “strawberry-ness”. I got nature’s message loud and clear: “BE PATIENT. My wares are worth waiting for!” How right she is.
That said, I had a box of organic berries that I didn’t want to waste despite my impatience for ripe strawberries. So here is my fix-it recipe. I share it with you her in case any of you are lured in by bright berries with lackluster flavor.
STRAWBERRY ALMOND MILK (or MILKSHAKES)
one batch fresh almond milk (click here to see recipe w/video)
16 ounces fresh strawberries (tops removed)
1-2 teaspoons of raw honey (to taste)
Blend all ingredients in the Vita-Mix until creamy smooth. Serve over ice to enjoy as strawberry milk. Or, to make a shake, fill an ice cube tray with the strawberry milk and freeze. And frozen cubes back to the blender with the remaining strawberry milk and blend to form a shake. NOTE: you can also make strawberry ice cream by replacing the honey with 3/4 cup chopped dates. Blend well and put in an ice cream maker. Follow the manufacturers directions.