Are you looking for a thrifty strawberry recipe? Look no further. I’ll tell you how to save money on strawberries, handle them, and get you started with a list of easy and thrifty strawberry recipes.
During one of my trips to the grocery store at the end of March, I spotted strawberries for $1.99/lb. That’s my target price, so I purchased a couple of pounds for the kids to snack on and to use in one of my favorite seasonal salads. The following week, the strawberries were $1.59/lb, so I purchased a few more!
Seeing my target price and one even lower than that tells me that it’s strawberry season.
While May is National Strawberry Month, strawberry season in your area can vary depending on which part of the country you live in. In my hometown, we have a Strawberry Festival on the first weekend in May, rain or shine. The festival offers two days of berry treats, along with children’s games and activities, free musical entertainment, arts and crafts, vendors and more.
Here’s what you have been waiting for…
12 Thrifty Strawberry Recipes
These are some of my favorite easy and thrifty strawberry recipes. Most require only a few ingredients and allow me to keep the cost low by buying strawberries in season.
- Strawberry Sundae – Vanilla ice cream topped with sliced and sweetened strawberries and real whipped cream.
- Berries and Cream – Fresh sliced and sweetened strawberries capped with an airy crown of real whipped cream.
- Chocolate Dipped Strawberries – Strawberries dipped in melted chocolate.
- Strawberry Smoothies – Sweetened strawberries pureed with purified water and ice.
- Oatmeal with Strawberries – Your favorite bowl of oatmeal topped with fresh, sliced strawberries.
- Strawberry Milkshake – Blend vanilla or strawberry ice cream, milk, and fresh strawberries.
- Waffles with Strawberries – Your favorite waffles topped with fresh, sliced strawberries.
- Yogurt with Strawberries – A bowl of vanilla yogurt topped with fresh, sliced strawberries (and granola).
- Strawberry Spinach salad
- Fresh Strawberry Pie
- Strawberry Shortcake (I substitute store bought shortcake. 🙂 )
- Strawberry Trifle
Tips to Save Money on Strawberries (and Other Fresh Produce):
- buy fresh in season
- buy them fresh, freeze them
- buy frozen off season
- buy in bulk
- buy on sale
- shop the farmer’s market
- include them in your weekly meal plan to avoid waste
- pick your own at a farm
- buy in May during National Strawberry Month
How to Care for Strawberries
Once you’ve got your strawberries home, it’s important to follow these handling tips to avoid spoilage and waste.
- Keep fresh strawberries dry.
- Store in the refrigerator in their original container.
- Wash only when you’re ready to use them.
- Rinse them gently with cool water just before using.
- Allow berries to reach room temperature before serving to enhance their natural flavors.
I learned tip #3 the hard way. The first time I purchased fresh strawberries at the grocery store, I brought them home, washed them, and stored them in their original container in the refrigerator (just like I handle of my produce).
Within a couple of days, they were molded. I called the grocery store and then returned them. It wasn’t until some time after that I learned that I had broken this very important rule!
What is YOUR favorite thrifty strawberry recipe?