10 Genius Ways to Use Overripe Strawberries
Before you throw away those sad, slightly mushy strawberries, take a read through these ways to use overripe strawberries. All hope is definitely not lost!
Pie, Crisp & Cobbler
When coated in sugar and baked in a hot oven, even the freshest of strawberries will soften and get a little mushy. This makes overripe strawberries the perfect candidate for comforting strawberry cobbler or flaky strawberry-rhubarb pie.
Jam & Jelly
Let overripe strawberries simmer away on the stovetop and turn them into an insane strawberry jelly to spread on toast and muffins. We especially love the spicy-sweet combo of this Habanero Strawberry Jam.
For a sweet summer treat, puree overripe strawberries, pour them into molds and freeze them into some tasty strawberry popsicles like these Coconut Milk Strawberry-Banana Pops or these Strawberry-Citrus Freezer Pops.
Dips & Compotes
Strawberries are great for more than just jams. Dice overripe strawberries with apples, raspberries and apricot preserves for a special strawberry salsa to serve alongside homemade cinnamon-sugar chips.
Cakes, Cupcakes & Muffins
Just as overripe bananas are ideal for baking, overripe strawberries can be used to make some divinely delicious baked treats. Make this adorable pink-hued strawberry cake for an upcoming celebration or these Nut-Topped Strawberry-Rhubarb Muffins.
Vinaigrettes & Dressings
Who doesn’t love to put fresh berries in salad? If your strawberries have passed their peak of freshness, don’t despair. You can still use them to make a killer dressing or Strawberry Vinaigrette to coat your bed of greens.
While perfectly ripe strawberries may be best for garnishing waffles and pancakes, overripe strawberries can have a place on your brunch menu, too. Add them to some egg-soaked challah or brioche with cream cheese for a special baked french toast.
Smoothies are a great way to use up past-prime strawberries. Freeze the berries, then add them to a blender with other fruit, veggies and yogurt for a great breakfast on-the-go, like our PB&J-inspired smoothie.
Ice Cream & Sorbet
Get out your ice cream maker or order one pronto so you can put those overripe strawberries to work in becoming an out-of-this-world homemade strawberry ice cream that your whole family will love.