Sweet summer recipes for Michigan's strawberry season
Jessica Webster | AnnArbor.com
Cooler temperatures in May and June have slowed fruit growth and development, according to the Michigan State Extension southeast Michigan fruit report. This has caused a delay in ripening of strawberries at most farms.
If you're planning on heading out to pick your own, make sure to call the farm ahead of time to make sure that there are berries to pick. Many farms are closing to pickers several days a week, and are often picked out before noon on picking days.
I haven't been picking yet this year, but I have had luck finding delicious and sweet Michigan berries at local grocery stores and farmers markets. So much luck, in fact, that I've been looking around for more recipes to feature them.
In case you're in the same (wonderful) bind, here's a quick and easy recipe round up to use up your berry bounty:
Additionally, The Huffington Post has a gallery with 30 strawberry-focused photos and recipes.
Want to preserve some for later in the year? Here's a simple guide to four different methods for preparing strawberries for freezing.
And here's a step-by-step how-to video on making strawberry jam:
Want to experience this glorious strawberry season with the minimal amount of effort? Head over to Sidetrack Bar & Grill in Ypsilanti's Depot Town with a half dozen of your closest friends to share this strawberry shortcake:
Jessica Webster leads the Food & Grocery section for AnnArbor.com, a part of the MLive Media Group. Reach her at JessicaWebster@annarbor.com. You also can follow her on Twitter or subscribe to AnnArbor.com's email newsletters.