Strawberries

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minnie
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Strawberries

Postby minnie » Sat Oct 08, 2011 9:42 am

Yippee... I've been picking about a punnet of strawberries a day, it's been great. I was having slug problems and read about a pellet that wasn't ' poisionous' to animals etc and sold at Bunnings. So when we were in Lismore I went into Bunnings and blow me down if it was poisionous, so DH said why don't you just do beer, so next morning I did his 'dregs' in glass jars and have only lost the odd one since.

It's worked perfectly. The problem was I should have mulched in winter, but he chooks were scratching in them, with the little mulch I put in so I waited until they were locked up, by the time I mulched there were strawberries and some were under the mulch and got slugs or rotted.

I know now, that where they are is perfect for them, so I'll hoe up and get in a lot in autumn and do them properly for next year.

I've been making strawberry milkshakes, and put lots of ice-cream like a thickshake... yummo you can't get better than real strawberries in a milkshake that's for sure. And also been macerating some in sugar and a little brandy and it makes a syrup so on chocolate pudding, and have put them in the milkshake as well.

Mind you as I'm picking I'm eating, and honestly with berries eating them in the garden is just the best.

:D
Vicki

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Re: Strawberries

Postby Shadowgirlau » Sat Oct 08, 2011 11:43 pm

Yum! sounds wonderful. I have berries on my vines and should be picking them in a few weeks. Still a bit cool here for them to ripen. They are still green.

I have just finished making tomato sauce. 4 x 60gm bottles and 1 pint jar. I defrosted a couple of bags of tomatoes I had frozen from last summer. Need to finish using up the extra produce so I have a clear freezer for this year. I took out a bag of strawberries and a bag of mixed berries to defrost so I can make mixed berry jam tomorrow. I think I will only have one bag of tomatoes left after this.

Was thinking as I checked the seals on the tomato sauce jars that what I have is good but will need to make 8 bottles to see us through the next year. Am hoping to make some plum sauce as well this year. So far the plum trees are looking promising.

Cheers
Kathleen
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Re: Strawberries

Postby minnie » Sun Oct 09, 2011 7:52 am

Tomato sauce is something I just have to do this year, the shop bought stuff is just not the same :(

How do you freeze your berries Kathleen?

Vicki

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Re: Strawberries

Postby Hayhay » Sun Oct 09, 2011 7:11 pm

Oh wow. Strawberries!

Ours are all growing but still very small and green....waiting waiting.

I freeze mine on trays not touching for half hour or so, then when you put them in the bag together tehy don't stick.

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Re: Strawberries

Postby Shadowgirlau » Sun Oct 09, 2011 9:30 pm

I freeze mine the same way, by laying them out on a try and giving them a good brush over with a soft brush. i then freeze them for around half an hour or more (depends if I am busy or forget) then they should be ready to transfer into my bags and vac seal before freezing completely.

Kathleen
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Re: Strawberries

Postby minnie » Mon Oct 10, 2011 7:31 am

Thank you Kathleen and Hayley,

Now I know, if I get enough over I'll do it this way... what a good idea.

Mind you the way I'm eating them. :lol:

They've been big too, I think the type is Lowana (or something like that) developed in QLD.

Vicki

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Re: Strawberries

Postby Hayhay » Mon Oct 10, 2011 8:32 pm

Ooh we have some Lowana I think....can't wait!

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Re: Strawberries

Postby minnie » Tue Oct 11, 2011 7:10 am

Hi Hayley,

They've been big, that's for sure...

:D
Vicki


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