How to find that perfect strawberry? Well here are some things that I follow..A good strawberry must be bright red in color, particularly on the shoulder and at the cap of leaflets around the stem. The cap should be green (indicates its been plucked a couple of days ago), and the berry should have a distinct strawberry aroma. The flesh should be firm but not mushy, with an even sprinkling of seeds. Large and showy strawberries are beautiful to look at, while smaller strawberries are always more flavorful. Look for a strawberry with evenly spaced seeds along the bottom tip. Most importantly, no dark spots.
While buying a container/box of strawberries, discard any that are seeping strawberry juice, or contain strawberries with obvious dark spots or brown spots. Often prepackaged strawberries would have the poor quality strawberries in the bottom, so always check the bottom of the container before buying. I've been fooled a couple of times...experience speaks you see :) Strawberries will stay fresh and flavorful in the fridge for four days. Its highly perishable by nature, they are best if eaten within a couple of days of purchasing.
Ingredients: Makes 1 glass
7-8 fresh strawberries,
1-2 tbsp powdered sugar or as per taste,
50 ml fresh cream (I use Amul low-fat tetra pack),
25 ml cold milk,
Whip all the ingredients in the mixer. Serve chilled.
Its a perfect drink for those milk-fussy kids, like mine :)
Jayashree is an ex-IT person turned into a Food Blogger, Consultant, Home Baker and an Amatuer Food Photographer. From one role to many, she feels it's been an exciting journey. She is the author of the hugely popular food blog "Foodie In Me" in which she shares her reviews, recipes and food stories. She loves to travel and is addicted to collecting recipe books.