Finnish Food,  Finnish Lifestyle,  Hobby Farming

Home Grown Strawberries, anyone?

Strawberries in Finland are a beloved summertime delight. Growing in abundance during the warm months, these ruby-red berries are cherished for their sweet and tangy flavor. Finland’s cool climate and long daylight hours provide ideal conditions for the cultivation of strawberries, resulting in juicy and flavorful fruit. Finnish strawberries are known for their exquisite taste and exceptional quality. They are often enjoyed fresh, picked directly from the fields or used in various culinary creations like jams, desserts, and refreshing smoothies. Whether you savor them on their own or incorporate them into your favorite recipes, Finnish strawberries offer a delightful taste of summer.

Since we love eating fresh fruits in our porridge daily, this year I made an extra effort to preserve some berries which I harvested from our small backyard farm. We are trying to go organic,so in this way I am sure there are no chemicals added to grow them.

Preserve with Sugar

Strawberries can be frozen fresh and by adding sugar only. They absorb the sugar through time and by the time we eat them, they are sweeter and complement well in our baking activities or simply in the porridge we love in the morning.

Preserving strawberries goes beyond just using sugar. One method is freezing them, which involves rinsing and hulling the berries, then drying them thoroughly. Spread them on a tray and freeze until solid, before transferring to airtight containers or freezer bags. Another method is making strawberry jam or jelly, which involves cooking the berries with sugar and lemon juice to create a delicious spread. Experiment with different preservation methods to enjoy ripe strawberries all year long.

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