Jul 6, 2023
Got a ton of freeze-dried strawberries and you don’t know what to do with them? We got you. Here are some awesome recipes using freeze-dried strawberries that everyone in your family would love. They’re all easy to do, and the ingredients are also easy to find.
This recipe comes from The Spruce Eats, made by Leah Maroney. It’s a perfect way to cool down during the summer, especially when strawberries are ripe and juicy. Or you can have it whenever you just want something cool to eat – literally and figuratively.
Imagine strawberry ice cream covered in ground, crips sugar cookies, and freeze-dried strawberries. Visually, it’s like a popsicle covered in sweet confetti. Then each bite gives you that crunchy sugary goodness of the cookies and the sweet tartness of strawberries.
You’ll be needing two crucial things for this. One is an ice cream mold that holds the popsicle stick straight as the ice cream freezes. Another would be fast hands, especially if the room is hot. The ice cream’s going to melt, so you need to move quickly when you coat the ice cream with the cookie-strawberry coating.
Here’s also a tip from the tester. You can mix the freeze-dried strawberries in the softened ice cream before putting it in the mold. This way, you’ll get chunks of strawberries in every bite.
Watching how Sam of Sugar Spun Run makes the strawberry frosting is like watching a masterclass. Here she showed two ways of making buttercream strawberry frosting using fresh and freeze-dried strawberries.
What she did here was she ground the freeze-dried strawberries to a fine powder using a food processor. Of course, you can use a big food processor, but a hand-held one can also do the job pretty well. If you freeze-dried your strawberries properly, this is going to be a piece of cake. In no time at all, you’ll get this vibrant red strawberry powder that will brighten up your buttercream frosting.
Now you might be thinking that this frosting is going to be dry. And it is because the strawberries are in powdered form. What Sam did was add heavy cream to the mixture until she got the right consistency.
You’ll be surprised how the frosting gets this vibrant pink color without any food coloring. The specks of freeze-dried strawberry powder adds another visual appeal to the frosting. The great thing about this frosting is that it has a more sturdy feel. Frostings will melt in the heat, but this one holds up better.
It’s a great frosting to use if you’re going to serve cakes outdoors or when days are hot
If you’re looking for a great appetizer, snack, or starter for your next party, then read on. This Strawberry Balsamic Crostini by Brothers All Natural transforms an ordinary French baguette into a perfect summer appetizer.
It’s a recipe using freeze-dried strawberries with concentrated balsamic syrup that serves as a flavor enhancer and balancer. It complements the flavor of the herbed goat cheese and makes it lighter. And once it touches the freeze-dried strawberries? They’re going to taste phenomenal.
Word of caution, though. Reducing balsamic vinegar is going to release a strong aroma. You might want to turn on an overhead fan or hood to circulate air.
If you have a soiree or a pajama party, you will want to make this. It’s so pink and sweet, that you’ll think of Elle Woods (Reese Witherspoon) roasting Chutney (Linda Cardellini) on the witness stand. All confident and powerful, yet still feminine at the same time. It’s got the perfect fudge texture that’s not too brittle and not too gooey, either.
Remember the strawberry frosting recipe we had earlier where the color came from the freeze-dried strawberries? This Strawberry Fudge gets its color from the store-bought strawberry frosting instead. If you want a buttery fudge with an intense strawberry flavor, you can use the recipe above. But for a lighter flavor, you can stick to Ann’s recipe.
Instead of grinding the freeze-dried strawberries into a fine powder, you’ll be crushing them. This will put a layer of texture to the fudge as well as enhance the color. With the crushed freeze-dried strawberries and the assorted sprinkles on top? You’re going to want to sink your teeth into this once it’s ready.
Isn’t it challenging to get the fresh taste of strawberries in cookies without losing the crunchy texture? This recipe can bring you the best of both worlds without any compromise whatsoever.
Sue created this Sparkly Strawberry Shortbread Cookie recipe using freeze-dried strawberries. She wasn’t sure how it would turn out, but she was really satisfied with the outcome. She wrote on her blog: “…but omg, these cookies actually taste like fresh strawberries. I think I’ve made the quintessential spring cookie!”
We can’t hold her excitement against her. Strawberries are awesome, and our kids love them because they’re very juicy. But this juiciness makes every cookie dough a fail in terms of crunchiness. By freeze-drying the berries, you get this rich strawberry flavor and add it to any cookie recipe without ruining the texture.
What we love about this is that you don’t have to add any artificial flavorings by using freeze-dried strawberries. And if you’ve freeze-dried your own strawberries? You’re even more confident that you’re eating something that’s free from preservatives and additives.
What are your favorite recipes using freeze-dried strawberries? What made them remarkable for you? Please share your story in the comment section.
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