I first wrote this blog post to group together Thermomix recipes using strawberries. Reason being, at the time of writing it the media had reported that several punnets of strawberries in Queensland had been found to be contaminated with needles, initially the strawberries had all come from one farm.
Unfortunately, this soon spread with copycats following suit, to what turned into over 100 reports of contaminated punnets of strawberries throughout all states of Australia.
Strawberry growers were hit hard, with some stores not stocking strawberries and many people avoiding buying them. Of course this was potentially catastrophic for some businesses, so I wanted to help encourage people to continue purchasing strawberries. To do this, I created this mouthwatering list of uses for them.
The following Thermomix recipes all contain strawberries and can be found here on the website:
In these Thermomix recipes, also found here on the website, you can replace the blueberries with the same weight of strawberries:
Fruity Vodka Slushies – if you’d like to keep the blueberries in this, replacing the mango with strawberries would also work beautifully.
From my cookbooks, the following recipes use/can use strawberries:
Raspberry Cheesecake Porridge – replace raspberries with strawberries, same weight (two of my kids actually prefer this porridge to be made with strawberries over raspberries!)
Blueberry Chia Pudding – replace blueberries in both the pudding and the sauce with strawberries, same weight.
Flourless Lemon and Raspberry Torte – replace raspberries with diced strawberries, same weight.
Chococherry Self Saucing Pudding – replace cherries with chunks of strawberries, same weight.
Blueberry and Lemon Muffins – replace the blueberries with chopped strawberries, same weight.
Perfect Pikelets, four ways – the apple and cinnamon version of these would be lovely made with (the same weight of) strawberries in place of the apple, with or without the cinnamon.
Five or six years ago I cut out a page from one of the free Woolies magazines and made on repeat this very simple recipe. It’s just divine! I shared it in the Facebook group back then and people went crazy for it.
Pre-heat oven to 200C and line a large tray (with sides) or baking dish with baking paper. Wash and remove hulls of two punnets (500g) of strawberries. Slice them in half or if they’re really big, into quarters. Place on tray/dish, top with a couple of tablespoons each of balsamic vinegar and coconut sugar or rapadura. Combine then bake for 15-20 minutes. Store in a jar in the fridge until all used up.
The vinegar helps to preserve these and you will find they will keep for quite a while. Serve on Greek yoghurt, custard, ice cream, porridge, stewed apples, etc. or just eat on their own. Blitzing down to a puree and using to flavour soda water is a really yummy and refreshing way of using these.
Place 2-3 punnets of strawberries (hulled, halved) in your thermo bowl, along with a banana or two (broken up into a few pieces) and if you like, an apple or two (cored and quartered). Be sure to not fill the bowl further than the max fill line. Adding a touch of vanilla is also nice but not essential. Blitz on speed 9 until smooth. You want a thick texture, not super runny liquid, if it’s too runny you can add another banana.
Spread mixture onto lined dehydrator sheets or lined oven trays, about 3-4mm thick. Place in your dehydrator or you can do them in the oven set to the lowest heat it can go down to. Leave them until the sheets are no longer sticky to touch. Timing for this will vary but usually around 4 or 5 hours in the oven, possibly a bit longer and definitely longer in the dehydrator.
And scattered on top of Greek yoghurt, ice cream, granola, custard, stewed apples, fruit salad, chia pudding, rice pudding. The list is endless!
Spread toast with ricotta, top with sliced strawberries and a drizzle of maple syrup.
Melt some dark chocolate, use as a dip for strawberries!
I hope you find some inspiration in this post! Whether it be to grab yourself a few punnets of strawberries, or use up some you didn’t yet have plans for!