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The other afternoon, the kids and I took a little trip over to Pappy’s Strawberry Patch in Oviedo to get our berry fix. We picked fresh strawberries for the first time last year and just could not get enough of them. You have no idea how sweet and perfect these little guys are…there is just nothing like picking your own fruit and eating it. At least for me.
It makes me very happy. 🙂

(7lbs of strawberries later…)

So when we got back to the house, I had to shout out to all of my Facebook friends and ask what I should do with my 7lb box of strawberries. So many great suggestions…strawberry shortcake, smoothies, pie, freezer jam….and sorbet. For some reason, when Mary Ann and Maria mentioned sorbet, I had to have it. I have never made sorbet and couldn’t believe how unbelievably easy it was to make. I followed a David Lebowitz recipe found on Yum Sugar.

The sorbet turned out great, it was so refreshing and such a nice treat.

Strawberry Sorbet
Recipe from Perfect Scoop by David Lebovitz

1 pound fresh strawberries, rinsed & hulled
3/4 cup sugar
1 tsp kirsch (optional)
1 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
pinch of salt

Makes about 3 cups

Slice the strawberries and toss them in a medium bowl with the sugar and kirsch, if using, stirring until the sugar begins to dissolve.

Cover and let stand for 1 hour, stirring every so often.

Purée the strawberries and their liquid with the lemon juice and salt in a blender or food processor until smooth.

Press the mixture through a strainer to remove seeds if you wish.

Chill the mixture thoroughly, then freeze it in your ice cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

My strawberry loving family has gone through almost the entire box…so I think we’ll be taking another trip to Pappy’s this week. In the meantime, I am going to gather a few recipes to make later this week using those berries.

What’s your favorite way to eat strawberries?
Share your recipes with me!!

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(my cool little helper….)

Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!!

(if you look closely, you can see my Gina sitting and snacking…she just did not want to leave!)

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33 comments on “We love….”

  1. We have a patch down the road and I cannot wait until they’re ready! Looks like a lot of fun and sorbet is such a great use for those fresh berries! What a fun day 🙂

  2. My girls are looking over my shoulder at this glorious strawberry post! Lots of ooohs and aaahs! We are months away from true, ripe strawberries here in Oregon, so for now we’ll just have to drool on our computer! YUM!

  3. Those strawberries look perfectly ripe. I have got to make a trip over there before the season ends. And I love your closeup shots!! Looks like you’re getting the hang of that new camera!

  4. Yep, there is nothing better than U pick fruit!

  5. Your sorbet looks amazing! I can’t wait for the strawberries to be ready here… we have to wait until June though!

  6. One thing I miss about living in California is all the u pick farms. My kids and I would spend many a day wandering and picking everything in sight.

    What a fun day you had and with beautiful results.

  7. Aggie,
    I love the photos of those strawberries. They look so good! I’ll have mine with a sprinkle of sugar or in my cereal.

  8. Your sorbet looks delicious — cool and refreshing. Yummy!

  9. Gorgeous! This reminds me of summer.

  10. This looks unreal! I am definitely going to be making this as it starts getting easier to get great strawberries around here! You’re little strawberry picker is precious!

  11. I used to go strawberry picking with my mom and late granddad.

    My favorite way is just plain or with some Cool Whip.

  12. I only wish, we go in July. I’m jalous of your early season.

  13. I’m so jealous – there aren’t strawberry fields like that near me! The recipe sounds so easy. I’m going to have to give it a try!

  14. Yeah, there is nothing like fresh picked berries. My parents used to grow strawberries and raspberries, it was the best thing ever. I can’t even eat store bought raspberries. I’m wicked spoiled. Heh.

  15. Strawberries are in season now? You must be near warm weather…lucky you!!! I have fond memories with my mum going strawberry picking…but sorbet..woo hoo, what a fabulous treat, and fresh strawberries… Oh Luscious…

  16. I love strawberries….come on spring

  17. Oooh I am so jealous of your strawberries – lol. That sorbet looks so refreshing!

  18. Oh, man! I am so jealous. The sorbet turned out beautifully and I am sure it was so good. What beautiful strawberries. I want some!

  19. You lucky girl. It’s snowing here today so no picking strawberries here. The sorbet looks amazing.

  20. I am jealous! The berries look SO good! I am glad you tried the sorbet, one of my favorite sweet treats…and not that bad for you either!!

  21. I love adding a bit of balsamic vinegar and a little sugar to strawberries….I scoop out the inside of an angel food cake, replace with strawberry ice cream and drizzle the fresh-strawberry-balsamic vinegar “sauce” over it all.

  22. I love the fact that there are strawberry stands popping up here already in CA. I look forward to this season all year! Gorgeous photos and I love your little helper…too cute.

  23. I ADORE strawberries, especially homepicked ones. You are making me long for summer even more…thank you!=)

  24. It’s still winter up North. I’m still waiting for the crocuses to come up, much less think about strawberries! How wonderful…they look terrific.

  25. lol, I’m with Ninette! Way up north we won’t have strawberries for a few months yet. We actually have snow again! I’m so jealous. ;o)

  26. There is still snow on the ground here in the Boston area so I’m very jealous of you! Near my house is an organic raspberry you-pick farm. I can’t wait to take the kids there this summer.
    BTW, congrats on the RN Award!

  27. Wish it were strawberry season here. We have about 2 more months to go before we can go picking. I love stawberry shortcake…of I love stawberries with whipped cream!

  28. Those are beauties! I love strawberries and when I was a little girl I remember picking them with my family! Great memories…

  29. Oh I am SO jealous! It’s still full on winter here (snow yesterday) and your strawberries are so beautiful they are making my spring fever all the worse. I will have to make the sorbet though. Looks amazing!

  30. How fun! All this looks delightful and delicious!

  31. You’re so lucky to have fresh Strawberries practically year round! I love fresh strawberries, we don’t get them until May or June though.

  32. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog Aggie. And, oh my, I’ve enjoyed my visit here. Fresh strawberries look so good. We are several months away from the crop here.

    Hope you come back to visit soon.

  33. I wish we had one of those close to us. In the spring I get these fabulous jumbo organic strawberries from whoe foods. They are the juicest I’ve ever come across. We are limited on good fruits here on cape cod.
    I will have to try that sorbet. Was it really that good? I am dying to try a strawberry gelato.