Four Ways to Use Extra Strawberries
1. Rose Garnish
You know what's better than a lemon tart? A lemon tart with a strawberry rose on top! Same goes for fruit salad, mimosa, pretty much any brunch items on the menu! Plus, it's easier than you think. Here's how to do it:
- Choose a strawberry that is at least medium size and has a more rounded shape to its tip.
- At the outer most edge, make a small cut into the berry down toward the bottom, but don’t cut all the way through.
- Make 3-4 more cuts around the base of the berry, each starting where the last one ended.
- Move up on the berry and make a second row of smaller cuts, cutting in between the petals from the first row and being careful not to cut into any existing petals.
- Continue making rows until you reach the peak of the berry. There, gently circle your paring knife around tip until you can life it out.
2. Brightening Face Mask
This DIY is actually great for those berry with the more prominent or scratchy seeds and leaves your face soft and your complexion brightened!
- Cut the tops off 4-5 strawberries and blend together with a tablespoon of olive oil.
- Add a heaping tablespoon of sugar and the same amount of salt and mix thoroughly.
- Immediately apply to a freshly cleaned face and gently rub into skin. Allow to sit of the face for up to 5 minutes before washing off.
3. Dehydrated Berries
These little sweet nuggets of yum are great as a snack on their own, but are also a great way to add flavor to breakfast cereal or salad. They store in the fridge for up to 24 hours.
- Cut the tops of your strawberries and slice in half from top to bottom.
- Cover a baking pan in tin for and place the berry halves cut side up.
- Bake in the oven for 2 hours at 200 degrees. If they still appear to be a little juicy, flip them over and bake for another 30 minutes with the oven door open.
5. Fancy Chocolate Strawberries
Pretty much regular chocolate strawberries, just way way better.
- Cut the tops off several large strawberries by pointing your knife downward to hollow out the berry a bit.
- Cut the point of the end of the berry.
- Mix about a cup of chocolate chips with a tablespoon of coconut oil and microwave in 30 second increments until it stirs completely smooth. Dip your berry tip in and place on a piece of parchment paper.
- Allow all your dipped berries to chill in the freezer for 20 minutes before bringing the out to eat. Drizzle with the leftover melted chocolate before filling the berry hollows with whipped cream and sprinkling with a little chopped chocolate.