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Strawberry Treats

Since I was trying to cut down on fruit and beat my sugar addiction, I decided it was a good idea to go strawberry picking. And of course they had a sale on, pick three 4-liter baskets for 25$. So I had to pick three baskets, since I’d be saving money. I went to the Dekok Family Berry Farm on Friday before work, which meant that I had the strawberries beside me at work all day. I actually think this helped. I had to think about it, consciously NOT eat them and force my mind to accept that. Maybe it’ll actually help me get over the psychological aspect of sugar addiction sooner. I did pretty good not eating too many. I also didn’t put any honey in my yogurt that day, just having fresh berries was tasty enough.

When I was young my mom would always make huge batches of strawberry jam and can them. I wanted to make some jam but decided to make a bunch of different things as well. Turns out three baskets was not enough for what I wanted to do and now I’m going to have to pick more!

  • Frozen berries: I froze at least 6 liters of berries, about half of them sliced and the rest whole. We eat a lot of berries here so that won’t last long. I hope to freeze at least 10 more liters next week. I always place the berries on parchment paper on a baking pan and then leave them in the freezer for at least 3 hours. Then, remove them from the freezer and transfer to a bag or container. Freezing them all separated on a sheet first will ensure they don’t stick together. Same thing with slices, just put the slices on a piece of parchment paper.
  • Dehydrated berries: I dehydrated about 3 cups of berries, sliced onto a couple trays in my Excalibur dehydrator. It worked really well but next time I will try to cut them the same thickness. A few were done after 10 hours (at 105F), but most took another 2 hours. I liked the ones that were cut to at least 1/4″ or thicker. These are a more advanced SCD treat since they are dehydrated.
  • Fruit roll-ups: I had never tried this before, it worked so well! I just pureed 1 1/2 cups of strawberries and added a tbsp of honey, then poured that onto a fruit leather lined tray in the dehydrator. 10 hours at 105F it was perfect! These are pretty advanced as well since it’s a dehydrated food, but you can always cook the berries first (make a jam) and then dehydrate into leathers. I wanted them raw to try and preserve nutrients.
  • Strawberry jam: Of course I made a bit of jam, just because that’s what we usually do. I didn’t have very much left at this point so I only ended up with about 1/2 cup of jam, but oh my goodness it was the best jam ever! I just cut up the overly ripe soft berries into a pot and put it on low. It simmered while I cooked and ate lunch, trying to stir it every now and then. I kinda forgot about it and when I finally remembered to check on it, the jam was looking really thick and dark, almost as if it was burning, but not quite. I turned it off, let it cool, added just 1 tbsp honey and put it in a jar. Honestly, the texture of it is just like jam from the store it’s so thick. I didn’t bother using gelatin because I didn’t have any and really it didn’t need it. Next time I make jam I’m definitely going to leave it simmering for a long time like this one.
  • Strawberry gelato: I made a strawberry gelato with some raw sheep milk. If you’re wondering the difference between gelato and ice cream, gelato is made from whole milk, ice cream from cream, and of course there’s also frozen yogurt from yogurt. I make SCD legal ice cream with yogurt made from whipping cream and have been enjoying that, but wanted to try making some from the delicious milk that I seem to be digesting well. I would have substituted whipping cream yogurt plus more honey if making this SCD legal.

1 1/2 cups sheep milk (or 1 1/2 cups SCD legal cream yogurt + 2 tbsp honey)

1 1/2 cup strawberries (measured whole) + handful of berries chopped coarsley

2 egg yolks

1/4 cup honey

1 1/2 tsp vanilla or almond extract

Puree the 1 1/2 cups of strawberries using an immersion blender, food processor, or potato masher. Add yolks, milk (or yogurt), vanilla and mix well. Fold in the chopped strawberries. Process in an ice cream maker according to its directions. Place in the freezer to harden it. Scoop and serve.

My ice cream maker is a Rival electric maker and it will make soft-serve ice cream if you serve it immediately, or if you freeze it long enough it will be like regular ice cream. This is what it looks like half way, if you aren’t patient enough to let it freeze completely.

And just like that, 12 liters of strawberries are all put away for later. I’ll probably go strawberry picking a few more times, and each time make one thing from them in a larger portion. The fruit roll-ups, jam and dehydrated strawberries are so concentrated you need a lot of berries to make a good amount.


This post is part of Two for Tuesdays Blog Hop and Slightly Indulgent Tuesdays. Check out all the real food recipes over there!

Kat

I have been following the Specific Carbohydrate Diet since January 2008 to recover from Celiac disease. As part of the diet, I don't eat grains, sugar or potatoes and prepare all my meals from scratch.

16 Comments

  1. You make me want to go strawberry picking. But I will have to limit myself too, since strawberries are high in potassium. Only allowed 1/2 cup a day. Keep up the posts.

  2. @B-L I eat about 1/4 – 1/2 cup per day of berries. I find it helps if they’re frozen. I plan on freezing some jam in small 1/2 cup mason jars. Let me know if you want to go picking some on the weekend!

  3. Wow! Your berry adventures make me miss living in Oregon, where we used to go berry picking weekly! I’ve been eating lots of strawberries lately too. So good! I’m going to give your jam recipe a try.

  4. Hi kitty kat! I adore strawberries and you certainly made a lot of treats out of them! I had strawberry preserves at our Milk Club’s amish farm this weekend with fresh cultured sweet sour cream–delicious! Thanks for sharing the real food love at the two for tuesday recipe blog hop! Alex

  5. Such a delicious strawberry bounty!! I love fruit leather…always have…wish I had some right now! Thanks so much to linking to Two for Tuesdays this week =)

  6. Those strawberry’s look delicious! It makes me want to go pick some – wish I knew of a farm near by that grew strawberry’s – guess I’ll have to look into that.
    Thanks for all the great strawberry recipes and ideas though! I love the variety and it all looks simply wonderful! I’m so glad you joined us for Two for Tuesdays blog hop!

  7. @Kat I love berries! I should make some fruit leathers in my dehydrator! And someone should donate to you so you can get some bacon 🙂 I haven’t tried sheep milk but I do have sheep yoghurt that I can get from my work- I’m going to try and make some frozen yoghurt similar to your recipe! Sounds yum!

  8. Every single one of those those looks delicious! I want the fruit roll ups for snack and sorbet for dessert! Strawberry season is waaay too short here; I feel like it ended a week after it began, but I’m sure that’s a little dramatic 🙂

  9. Thanks for all the comments 🙂 My favorite had to be the fruit roll ups. I used to love those as a kid. These have an even better taste since they’re just all strawberry.

    I’m picking more berries this week!

  10. Hi Kat,

    Are you the Kat from the HelpforIBS message boards (I was Mary_V)? I found your blog via Cheeseslave. Good ideas for strawberries. I have 2 qts. to use up. I made very similar ice cream yesterday. Maybe I’ll try the fruit leather. Feel free to check out my blog. I too try to eat a healthy, real diet and am still working on healing my digestive system. I may try the GAPS diet someday. But not right now…in the middle of an IVF cycle. Anyway, good to see you.

  11. Hi Mary! I remember you, yep I was on the HelpforIBS boards for quite a while. Glad to see you’re taking the real food approach to health 🙂 GAPS is great, I found it after SCD (both similar anyway) and love it. From the looks of your blog, you’re pretty close to it already. Even just cutting out grains gave me a big leap in getting my symptoms under control (even after going gluten-free).

    Good luck with IVF. You might be interested in http://www.naturallyknockedup.com if you haven’t already checked that out.

    Can’t believe I haven’t stumbled across your blog before. Do you mind if I add a link in my Real Food Blogroll? You have so many recipes and ideas on there.

  12. @Kat
    I’d love it if you add my blog! Yes, I do read Naturally Knocked Up. It’s the first blog I found that got me down this path. And since then I’ve discovered so many more good ones. Glad to hear you’ve found stuff that worked so well. I’ve been on a crash course of trying to change my family’s eating habits after our last failed IVF. I basically had 2-3 months to make major changes. I hope it helps!!

  13. Hi Kat! Great ideas for strawberries! I have two huge containers in my fridge now ready to make jam bt I will definately be trying the fruit roll ups now (my favorite as a kid!). Looks like your doing a great job with your SCD diet. Good for you! Keep up the good work, I’ll be reading!

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