Hi everyone,  This is a photo of my mom and Oma (grandma) helping me stem berries in 2014.  My mom comes from Ontario, Canada every year to help us on the strawberry farm, and twice she took her mom with as well! It was a bit funny, because as Oma's Alzheimers advanced, she couldn't remember that she'd been stemming for hours and hours - every ten minutes she thought she was helping us with a new job, and she was sooo  happy to help!   I make a lot of jam, so their help was such a blessing!  I hope that you have fun with your family picking and preparing your strawberries for jam, smoothies, and desserts!  Sincerely, Sarah Brouwer

Fresh Strawberry Handling Tips
  1. Do not hull or wash your fresh strawberries until shortly before serving them.
  2. For best flavor, serve strawberries at room temperature.
  3. To preserve freshness for about a week, refrigerate strawberries on a lower refrigerator shelf, covered lightly with a paper towel.
Strawberry Freezing Methods

Strawberries will get soft after being frozen, but they retain all their flavor and nutrition. There are three main ways to freeze strawberries.  Choose your method based on how you think your family will use them in the winter. 

1.Flash Freezing: For smoothies, ice ring garnishes for punch, fruit salads or fruit cups, rinse, stem and let your strawberries dry.  Spread them out on a cookie sheet and freeze.  When frozen, pack them into freezer bags, removing as much air as possible from the bag.

2. Blended: For making jam later in the winter, or for pre-blended smoothie mix, rinse and stem strawberries, then lightly pulse them in a blender or a food processor. Measure 8 cups blended berries into gallon Ziploc bags.  Lay flat and freeze. Break off chunks or use entire bag later to make jam or smoothies.

3. Sliced: For ice cream or yogurt topping, a side dish at dinner, or for use in a muffin  recipe, rinse, stem, and slice your strawberries, sprinkle them lightly with sugar, and pack gently into quart Zip-lock bags. 

 

Strawberry Jam

Jam Today! With Pomona’s Universal Pectin®   sold by Brouwer Berries!

  • Pomona’s sugar free, preservative free, low-methoxyl citrus pectin is specially formulated for making low sugar jam & jelly.
  • Sweeten jam & jelly to your taste with low amounts of any sweetener: sugar, honey, agave, maple syrup, frozen juice concentrate, stevia, xylitol, Sucanat, concentrated fruit sweetener, or Splenda and other artificial sweeteners.
  • Each 1 oz box makes 2 to 4 batches (about 5 - 8 oz jars per batch). Keeps indefinitely.
  • Vegan. Gluten
  • Free. Non-GMO.

Sarah’s Reduced Sugar Strawberry   Preserves with Pomona’s Pectin

***Follow the directions in the Pomonas box, but use these ingredient quantities: (Yes! Sarah is sharing her recipe! It uses a bit more sugar than the box suggests.  This is because her children persist in leaving the jar on the counter instead of refrigerating it, and the extra sugar acts as an extra preservative.  Also, we like our sweets:)  It is still less sugar than Sure-Gel Light, though!)

8 cups blended  Brouwer strawberries; fresh or frozen

6 tsp calcium water

1 tsp butter to reduce foaming

6 cups sugar








6 tsp Pomona’s Universal Pectin

 

Smoothies

Triple Berry Kiwi Smoothie

By The Pretty Bee

“A simple berry and kiwi smoothie that’s packed with antioxidants and vitamin C.”

Dairy Free, Vegan,  Gluten Free.   Serves: 1

Ingredients (fresh or frozen):1 cup strawberries  

3/4 cup raspberries,                   1/2 cup blueberries  

2 kiwifruit, peeled and sliced

 1 cup orange juice

Method: Place the frozen berries in the blender and let them thaw for about ten minutes, or drop fresh fruit into blender.  Add kiwifruit and orange juice and blend on high until smooth.  Top with more kiwi or berries if desired.

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Power Smoothie

Submitted by Corinne Dahl, Willmar, MN

Preparations:  Pick Brouwer Berries and freeze them after hulling and washing. A strong blender is needed such as a Nutri Ninja with at least 900 watts of power. I grow kale and freeze it also.  

Ingredients:

1 cup milk (any kind)

1 scoop protein powder (optional)

6-8 frozen Brouwer strawberries

3/4 cup frozen wild blueberries

1 tablespoon ground flax seed

1 tablespoon hemp hearts

2 mejool dates or 1 banana

1 cup frozen kale or spinach

1/2 cup plain yogurt

Add to blender in this order. Pulse and blend until all ingredients are rotating as seen by funnel at the top. It will be a nice thick smoothie.

It serves two and has about 450 calories without the protein powder and 520 calories with the protein powder.

Strawberry Pies

Strawberry Slab Pie

Submitted by Kelli Rath

"Here is a recipe for strawberry slab bars. I have made them numerous times with your berries. Amazing!"

INGREDIENTS
for the crust:
  • 2¼ cup all purpose flour
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup cold butter, cut into cubes
    for the pie:
    • 6 oz strawberry jello
    • 1½ cups sugar
    • ⅓ cup cornstarch
    • ½ tsp salt
    • 20 oz sprite (2½ cups)
    • 32 oz strawberries, washed and tops removed
    • Whipped topping or whipped cream for garnish.
 
INSTRUCTIONS
 
for the crust:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Add all ingredients to a mixer bowl or food processor, mix until crumbly. Press into a half sheet pan (about 18 x 12). Prick all over with a fork.
  3. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until lightly browned.
for the pie:
  1. Add a jello, sugar, cornstarch, salt and Sprite to a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil and whisk until stir thickened. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature.
  2. Slice strawberries. Arrange over crust. Pour filling over strawberries Refrigerate 2 hours or until set.
  3. Garnish with whipped topping.

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Mom Graves’ Strawberry Pie

By Ruby Graves, Clara City

Baked 8 or 9 inch pie crust

1 quart fresh Brouwer strawberries

Little water

1 cup sugar

3 tablespoons cornstarch

Ice cream or whipped cream

Directions:  Wash and hull strawberries.  Place about half of the whole strawberries in the baked pie shell.  Mash the remaining berries until a fine pulp.  If necessary, add a little water to make 1 1/2 cups pulp.  Bring pulp to boiling.  Gradually stir in a mixture of sugar and cornstarch.  Cook over moderate heat, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens and boils.  Boil 1 minute (until clear).  Cool.  Pour over strawberries in pie shell.  Chill at least two hours in refrigerator.  Serve with ice cream or whipped cream.  Enjoy!

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Strawberry Desserts

Mile High Strawberry Dessert

Submitted by Denise Gulbranson of Prinsburg, MN

 “Favorite (one of our favorites) strawberry recipe!”

 Crust:                2 ½ c. crushed pretzels

                1/3 c. granulated sugar

                ¾ c. butter, melted

                Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a mixing bowl, combine crushed pretzels, sugar and melted butter. Press into a lightly greased 9x13 pan. Bake for 8 minutes and remove from oven. Let cool completely.

Filling:      2 egg whites                    

              2 Tblsp lemon juice

                1 c PLUS 2 Tbl sugar      

  10 oz Brouwer strawberries (partly frozen)

                Put all filling ingredients in a large bowl. Beat with electric mixer for 15 minutes. The mixture will be stiff and fluffy. Fold in 8 oz Cool Whip. Spread over cooled crust and freeze.

Before serving, add dollop of Cool Whip and fresh strawberry on top. Very refreshing in the hot summer evening!

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Strawberry Truffle Brownies

Submitted by Judy Treptau of Willmar, MN

 

“Here's my yummy recipe for Strawberry Truffle Brownies (made with delicious BROUWER berries)!!!!!”

1/2 c. butter

1 1/4 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips

2 eggs

3/4 c. packed brown sugar

1/2 tsp. baking powder

3/4 c. flour

In heavy saucepan, melt butter & chocolate chips over low heat.  Cool slightly.  In a large bowl, beat eggs & brown sugar.  Mix well.  Combine baking powder and flour - stir into chocolate mixture.  Spread in a greased 9-inch square baking pan.  Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes or toothpick test works.  Cool.

OPTIONAL - if you don't feel like baking brownies from scratch, just buy a brownie mix for a 9" pan and prepare it according to directions.  Cool.

THEN MAKE FILLING:

1 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips

1 - 8 oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened

1/4 c. powdered sugar

1/3 c. Brouwer strawberry jam

Melt chocolate chips, cool.  In a mixing bowl, beat cream cheese until fluffy; add powdered sugar and jam.  Stir in melted chocolate, spread over cooled brownies.  

Chill and enjoy!!!!!!

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Schaum Torte

Submitted by Donna Luck of Willmar, MN

“Here is my favorite dessert recipe.”

6 egg whites

1/8 tsp salt

1/4 tsp cream of tartar

1 3/4 cups sugar

1 pt Brouwer strawberries

1/2 pint whipping cream

Place egg whites in large mixing bowl and let stand to room temperature.

Then beat till foamy, sprinkle cream of tartar and salt over whites and continue

beating. When frothy, beat in 2 Tbsp of sugar at a time till used.  Batter 

should be very stiff and hold firm peaks.  Put on brown paper covered cookie

sheet in 8 round circles, building each circle up on sides.

Bake in a slow oven, 275 degrees for 1 hour or till lightly browned and top is 

crusty  to the touch..  Cool and remove from paper.

Cover with fresh sliced Brouwer strawberries and top with whipped cream.

Delicious!

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Strawberry Nachos with Cinnamon Chips

Submitted by Melissa Versteeg of Prinsburg, MN “Delicious!”

Prep time 15 mins Cook time 4 mins Total time 19 mins

This easy Strawberry Nachos recipe with crispy cinnamon sugar tortilla chips, whipped cream, and juicy strawberries is the most delicious summer dessert!

Author: The Gunny Sack

Recipe type: Dessert

Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 4 flour tortillas
  • 1 cup whipped cream
  • about one pint of strawberries
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar

Instructions

  1. Mix together ½ cup of sugar and the cinnamon. Set aside.
  2. Heat vegetable oil in a frying pan over medium heat and fry flour tortillas on both sides until golden.
  3. Place the fried tortillas on paper towels and sprinkle both sides with cinnamon sugar.
  4. Cut the tortillas into triangles. Chop a couple of triangles into small bits for garnish.
  5. Set several small strawberries aside. Cut the rest of the strawberries into small pieces and place them in a bowl. You should have about 1 cup of strawberry pieces.
  6. Sprinkle with two tablespoons of granulated sugar and stir. Allow the strawberries to sit for about 10 minutes and then stir again.
  7. Keep the cinnamon chips, whipped cream, and strawberries separate until ready to serve.
  8. Line a paper berry basketor paper food tray with waxed paper and then fill with cinnamon sugar tortilla chips. Top with whipped cream, sugared strawberry pieces. Sprinkle with cinnamon chip bits and place a few whole strawberries on the top.

My strawberry-rhubarb bar recipe:

Submitted by Bonnie Jaeger of Benson, MN

Filling: 1 1/2 cups rhubarb, cut into 1 inch pieces      :

1 1/2 cups fresh strawberries, sliced                              

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice                                    

1/2 cup granulated sugar                                                

2 tablespoons cornstarch 1/4 teaspoon salt

Crust:

1 1/2 cups flour

1 1/2 cups oatmeal

1 cup brown sugar, packed

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract  

3/4 cup butter, softened

 

Topping: 3/4 cup powdered sugar

              1/2 teaspoon vanilla

               1 tablespoon milk, or as needed

Preheat oven to 350

Filling: Place rhubarb, strawberries and lemon juice in2 quart saucepan, cover, cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, abut 8 minutes. Mix sugar and cornstarch in small bowl and stir into mixture. Cook and stir until comes to boil. Boil 1 minute. Remove from heat and add vanilla.

Crust: Mix flour, oatmeal, brown sugar, soda, and salt in bowl. Add butter, beat on low speed until crumbly. Reserve 1 1/2 cups mixture. Press remaining mixture in bottom of a greased 9x13 pan. Spread rhubarb mixture over crust; sprinkle with remaining crumb mixture. Bake 30-35 minutes, until golden brown.

Topping: Stir powdered sugar, vanilla and milk in small bowl to a drizzle consistency. Drizzle over cooled bars. Cut and serve. Store in refrigerator. Makes 3 dozen bars.


             Strawberry Pizza

Submitted by Marilyn Freese of Murdock, MN       

  Crust:

     1 cup flour

     1/4 cup powdered sugar

     1/2 cup butter

  Filling:

     1 8oz. pkg. cream cheese, room temperature

     1/2 tsp. vanilla

     1/2 cup granulated sugar

     1/4 tsp. fresh lemon juice

  Topping:

     1 cup fresh strawberries, mashed

     4 Tbsp. granulated sugar

     1 Tbsp. cornstarch

     10 – 12 strawberries, sliced

  Instructions: 

  1. In a bowl combine flour, powdered sugar and butter. Form into a ball with hands and press

  or roll into a 14” circle on an ungreased cookie sheet or pizza pan.

  1. Bake at 325 degrees F for 15 minutes. Cool.
  2. In a bowl combine cream cheese, vanilla, granulated sugar and lemon juice. Spread on cooled crust.
  3. In a saucepan over medium heat combine strawberries, granulated sugar and cornstarch. Stir

   and simmer until thick and glossy. Cool.

  1. Spread on top of cooled filling.
  2. Cut fresh strawberries into slices and place on top of glaze. Serve.

Cheese Cake Salad

Submitted by Sherolyn Bahl

Make a graham cracker crust, this works in almost any size pan - depends on how many layers you want to make and how thick you want it to be.  I've even skipped the crust and layered the fruit and cheese cake in a bowl.

Next:

Beat together: 1-8oz. pkg. of cream cheese, 1/3 c. sugar, and 1 tsp. vanilla.

add: 1-8 oz. carton sour cream

fold in:  1-8 oz. cool whip

Layer:

Graham cracker, Cheese Cake, Banana-thin slices,

Pineaple-crushed,  Cheesecake,  Strawberries-halfed

glaze on top is optional

Glaze:

1 T corn starch

dash of salt

1/3 c. Karo syrup

red food coloring

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Rhubarb Strawberry Cobbler

Submitted by Mike Reitmsa of Bloomington, MN

http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/rhubarb-strawberry-cobbler

Mom's yummy cobbler is a truly wonderful finale to any meal. This sweet-tart family favorite is chock-full of berries and rhubarb, and has a thick easy-to-make crust. —

Ingredients

  • 1-1/3 cups sugar
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups sliced fresh or frozen rhubarb, thawed (1/2-inch pieces)
  • 2 cups halved fresh strawberries
  • 2 tablespoons butter, cubed
  • CRUST:
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup canola oil
  • 1/3 cup warm water
  • 1 tablespoon 2% milk
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • Vanilla ice cream, optional

Directions

  • 1. Preheat oven to 425°. In a large bowl, mix sugar and flour. Add fruit; toss to coat. Transfer to a greased 11x7-in. baking dish. Dot with butter.
  • 2. For crust, in a bowl, mix flour and salt. In another bowl, whisk oil and water; add to flour mixture, stirring with a fork until a dough is formed (dough will be sticky).
  • 3. Roll dough between two pieces of waxed paper into an 11x7-in. rectangle. Remove top piece of waxed paper; invert rectangle over filling. Gently peel off waxed paper. Brush pastry with milk; sprinkle with sugar.
  • 4. Bake 40-50 minutes or until golden brown. If desired, serve with ice cream. Yield: 8 servings.
Editor's Note: If using frozen rhubarb, measure rhubarb while still frozen, then thaw completely. Drain in a colander, but do not press liquid out.
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Strawberry Shortcake Bars Recipes

Submitted by Megan Beaver of Willmar, MN "One of my favs!"

Ingredients:
1 cup unsalted butter
2 cups sugar
4 large eggs
2 teaspoon vanilla
5 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Cream layer:
1 (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
1 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 (8 oz) Cool Whip (frozen whipped topping)

2-3 cups fresh strawberries, diced

Directions:
In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing after each egg. Mix in vanilla.
In a separate bowl whisk together flour, salt and baking soda. Add to wet mixture and mix just until combined.Spread on a greased, rimmed baking sheet (I use a 13x18x1″ pan/cookie sheet).  The dough will be just like cookie dough- heavy and sticky- so it’s best to spray your hands with a little nonstick spray and use them to help mold the dough into the pan.
Bake at 375 degrees for 10-15 min, until light golden brown or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool completely.

Mix together cream cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla. Beat until smooth, then fold in the Cool Whip and stir well. Spread cream cheese layer over cooled sugar cookie bars. Place in the fridge for about 30 minutes to let the cream layer set up. Top with fresh strawberries, cut, and serve.

I learned that these look the best if you put the strawberries on right before serving, otherwise the juice from the strawberries can tint your cream layer pink. 🙂 Store leftovers in the fridge.

Makes 40-48 bars (depending on how large you cut them).


Best New York-Style Cheesecake

Submitted by Katie Nikolic of Minnetonka, MN

The Best New York-Style Cheesecake
author bakerbynature
Ingredients

For the Crust:
2 cups graham crackers, pulsed into crumbs
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
7 tablespoons butter, melted
For the New York-Style Cheesecake:
3 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, very soft
1 cup Full-Fat Sour Cream
1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
3 large eggs + 2 egg yolks, at room temperature
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 cup heavy cream
For the Fresh Strawberry Sauce:
1 1/2 cups fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced
1/4 cup sugar
1 small lemon, zested

Instructions
Preheat oven to 325 degrees (F).
For the Crust:
Lightly spray a 9" springform pan with non-stick spray; set aside.
In the body of a blender or food processor combine graham crackers, sugar, and salt; blend until the crackers have been completely pulsed to crumbs. Add melted butter; stir well to combine. Press down firmly into the prepared 9-inch springform pan; set aside.
For the New York-Style Cheesecake Filling:
In the body of a high power blender, food processor, stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, or in a large bowl using a hand held mixer, beat the softened cream cheese and sour cream until completely smooth.
Add sugar and vanilla; beat until smooth, scraping down the sides and bottom of bowl as needed. Add in the eggs and yolks; beat until smooth. Stir in the flour, mixing just until combined.
Quickly stir in the cream, mixing just until it's incorporated in the batter.
Pour filling into prepared crust, and spread evenly.
Wrap the bottom of the pan in tin foil (I recommend doing a few diligent layers here; no one wants a wet crust).
Place the cheesecake pan into a large, deep pan. Fill the pan up with hot water half way. This is your water bath and will help ensure your cheesecake comes out crack free.
Place pan in the oven and cook cheesecake for 1 hour and 25 minutes. Turn oven off and let the cheesecake sit, undisturbed, for 55 minutes inside the oven with the door shut. The cheesecake should be still slightly wiggly.
Remove cake from oven, run a knife very gently around the edge of the cake, and let it sit in the pan for 15 more minutes before covering loosely with plastic wrap and refrigerating for at least 6 hours. When ready to serve, top with a dollop of whipped cream or fresh strawberry sauce and enjoy!
For the Fresh Strawberry Sauce:
Process 1 1/4 cups of strawberries, sugar and lemon zest in a food processor or blender until smooth. Transfer mixture to a medium-sized bowl, stir in remaining sliced strawberries, and chill for at least 1 hour before serving.

 

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