Yay!!! It’s strawberry season! Strawberry season is the local kick off to a summer of great produce. Not much beats ripe, freshly picked strawberries. Everyone gets excited and a bit crazy during the first few days of the season. Demand is high and the berries are moving. In order to keep up with the craze, you’ll find that sometimes the berries are picked in haste. If you’re not picking your own, you might find a bit too many under ripe strawberries. Not so sweet and delicious.
You know what else is not so sweet & delicious – the majority of strawberries I buy throughout the year at my local grocery stores. They look like big, bright, juicy berries – but when you taste them, well you don’t taste much 🙁
The first thing I do when I bring berries home is remove them from their cartons, rinse them off and let them air dry. This way they’re ready to eat. This is also the time you should inspect for any bad berries that need to be tossed or badly bruised & overly ripe berries that need to be eaten right away.
So what to do with those greenish-whitish sour strawberries. Easy. Chop up all your cleaned berries, throw them in a bowl and mix them up with some sugar. Cover and refrigerate for a few hours. The sugar and natural acidic juices from the strawberries mix and macerate/marinate the berries in sweetness. No need to make a simple syrup – the berry juices do it for you. This works best with a mixture of juicy ripe and not so ripe berries.
That’s it. At times I feel silly stating what seems obvious to many. After having a conversation with an older woman at the grocery store today, I realized there are a lot of people who don’t know such little tricks.
On another note, if the strawberry crop is abundant, buy up on it while it’s cheap. Strawberries freeze very well – even more so if you have a vacuum sealer.
Okay, enough reading! Go out and get your fresh strawberries – the season doesn’t last too long!
Thanks for stopping by! Hope you have a beautiful day : )
How to Sweeten Up Under Ripe or Sour Strawberries
- 1 pound strawberries
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- Wash, clean, hull and cut (half or quarter) strawberries.
- In a medium bowl, combine berries with sugar. Mix until sugar is completely dissolved.
- Store covered in the refrigerator for a few hours or overnight.
- Enjoy your sweet, juicy strawberries!
This is a great read, I love all your posts!
Thank you so much Angela : )
Added sugar wonderful. It used to be strawberries where naturally sweet. Not so anymore mass produced produce has lost its flavor if not luster. Sad.
Hi Thomas, glad it helped. It is a total bummer – it seems like the only good strawberries I get are local during the few weeks of a season we have in PA. Florida strawberries have been everywhere lately & I haven’t tasted a good one yet. Sour, tart – no sweetness whatsoever 🙁
I’m resorting to Korean Strawberries… really sweet and juicy. I can’t really find sweet locally produced strawberries in Malaysia too.
I live in Tampa, right next to Pant City where most of the Florida strawberries are grown. And I have trouble finding sweet one also. The winters are getting warmer and the sweet strawberries only seem to come after a cold snap.
What a great tip! Thanks for sharing this with The Sunday Brunch Magazine!
All the best,
Eliza & Bel.
thanks everytime i buy berries they are sour! always!
Me too! I get good strawberries local when they’re in season and the rest of the year I’m stuck with sour berries! Glad it helps! Thanks for stopping by Nadia 🙂
Patricia B Spencer
have you tried using artificial sweetner for a diabetic diet?
Hi Patricia! I haven’t, but I’ll give it a try next time I get some not-so-sweet berries. I have a diabetic in the family so I have a BIG assortment of sweeteners.
Was out of sugar so used some local straight from the hive (through a filter) to the jar local honey which added a slightly different sweetness but was down right delicious and better for us than simple sugar. When mixed with ice cream all flavors seemed to be enhanced. Thinking of trying a little maple syrup next?
Sounds wonderful! With ice cream…oh my yum!
Takes much more than 1 tablespoon of sugar to sweeten a pound of tart strawberries. Sounds good in theory just not very realistic.
Try adding in a touch of milk with the sugar and strawberries. Best after 12-24 hrs. My kids grew up eating them this way. I made them without milk this summer only to be told they are much better when I make them the “right” way with a bit of milk. (Mind you the kids are not so little anymore! 13 to 24 yrs)
use SUGAR? that’s it, when SUGAR is bad for your blood
I was looking for some miracle; not an advocate for living unhealthy
Angie – sugar is not inherently “bad for your blood”. Too much sugar or an excess amount of sugar can pose health risks for certain individuals. The key is moderation. A tablespoon of sugar for a pound of strawberries isn’t going to be “bad for your blood”, unless of course your diabetic or you just inhaled a 1/2 dozen Krispy Kremes & washed it down with a large coke.
Amanda – great recipe.
Grew up eating strawberrys, fresh from the garden, with cream from our cow and a little sugar. You don’t need sugar if the berrys are really sweet but it’s definately more fun. These days I throw garden fresh berrys in the blender with a touch of sugar (it pulls out the juice) and just a touch of vanilla and serve it over icecream. It stores well and like a good stew just gets better for a bit of fridge time, the berrys are acidic enough that 2 or 3 days are no worry and it stores well for a short time in the freezer. I’m going to have to try freezing whole strawberrys with my vacuum packer, I would never have thought of doing that if I hadn’t read it here
Thanks. I hadn’t a clue. My mom used to make sweetened strawberries, though. No need to put a lot of sugar in. Let them sit overnight in frig. They will be great the next day.
Glad I discovered you!
I cut my berries and put brown sugar on them leave for a few hrs. or overnight top with sour creme and sprinkle more brown sugar over top.