I LOVE strawberries. Mainly, eating them. But they also happen to be my favorite color and sometimes the subject in vintage kitchenware, which I also love. We got a delicious box of strawberries from the store yesterday (above) and I am reminded that it's time to research the local fruit-picking schedules. If you've never picked your own fruit fresh from the orchard, you need to try it! As a family, we've been picking blueberries and apples for the last few years and have also picked blackberries, peaches, and cherries. Somehow the strawberry-picking has not worked with our schedule, but I'll try again this year. For you-pick orchards, I always check the Pick Your Own site and this one (which is limited to just a few Midwest states). You can also check your state's Chamber of Commerce or tourism site.
Here is an old family favorite strawberry pie recipe:
Bake your favorite pie crust and allow it to cool.
Fill with fresh, washed, cut or whole strawberries.
1 c sugar
1 c water
2 Tbs cornstarch
1 small pkg strawberry or raspberry jello
Mix sugar, water and cornstarch in a pan. Heat until boiling and thickened. Remove from heat and stir in jello. Pour over berries in crust. Refrigerate until set. Top individual pieces with whipped cream, if desired.
(This is also great for fresh blueberry pie!)
Update: Oh yeah, makes a great peach pie, as well.
And we did get to pick strawberries this year, with a blackberry bonus!
See blueberries here.