Sweet, juicy, and vibrantly colored—what’s not to love about berries? With so many berry varieties, it’s understandable that most people can’t decide on a favorite. So if you end up buying a box of each, you may need some more inspiration about what to do with all of them. Find some ideas after the jump!
Frozen berries are delicious bite-sized frozen treats that you can munch on with no regrets. Be sure to carefully wash and dry your berries (try folding them up in a clean kitchen towel and gently rolling) and remove the leaves and hulls from strawberries before freezing.
- Use frozen berries instead of ice cubes to keep beverages cold, colorful and tasty.
- Use frozen berries to add body and flavor to smoothies, milkshakes or frozen cocktails.
Marinating (or macerating) is a great way to amplify berries’ best points; it draws out their flavorful juices and plays up the fruit’s sweet-tart nature. The most common technique is to toss berries with lemon juice and sugar—and it’s no wonder why. The acid and sugar break down the berries, producing a vibrant, flavorful mixture that’s ready to be piled into a graham-cracker crust or spooned over ice cream, plain yogurt, pancakes… the list goes on.
- Toss strawberries in good-quality aged balsamic vinegar with a pinch of sugar and salt, let it rest for a few hours, then layer with mascarpone cheese and crushed amaretti cookies for an effortless Italian dessert (use shortbread cookies if you can’t find amaretti).
- Toss blueberries or blackberries with lemon juice, a pinch of sugar and a pinch of kosher salt, let it rest, then serve on the side of grilled salmon or pork. The berries’ natural tartness makes a tasty contrast to the grilled meats’ rich flavor.
Get ‘em tipsy
Berries go a long way when paired with wine and spirits. Much like marinating, alcohol helps release berries’ flavors and juices.
- Infuse vodka with chopped up berries for a refreshingly sweet cocktail. Mix your berry elixir with club soda, a dash of simple syrup and a squeeze of lemon. Serve neat or on the rocks.
- Spoon mashed raspberries or strawberries into a champagne flute and slowly top with sparkling wine. The result is a gorgeous, subtly-flavored aperitif that instantly sets a festive mood at your next party.