Berry Growing is Great, But What Should You Do with All Those Berries?
Year-round berry growing can be a great opportunity to bring nature indoors during the winter months. Indoor plants can certainly provide a serene and earthy atmosphere in your home, but berry growing adds a bit of color which is aesthetically-pleasing, especially when daylight hours are scarce. The question is, what do you do with all of the berries your indoor berry garden produces during the winter months?
Some Berry Great Ideas
Now that you have decided to give berry growing a try during what used to be the “off season” you might be wondering what to do with all the berries that you have grown. Well, the obvious response would be to eat them in their purest form. Berries, specifically strawberries, are a favorite fruit for many people, and devouring a tasty strawberry can be a delicious treat during the winter.
There are also many other uses for the end product of your berry growing efforts. You can use the berries to make homemade jam. Your morning toast is sure to be scrumptious with freshly made strawberry jam. You simply can’t compare store-bought jam with homemade jam. And certainly don’t forget about salads. There are recipes for spinach salads that include strawberries as a nice contrast.
Another option for the excess berries you will end up with from your year-round berry growing efforts is to make smoothies. Smoothies can be served as a tasty dessert, and the best part is that they are so easy to make. They literally take ten or twenty seconds in the blender, so don’t pass up on this easy opportunity for dessert. After all, you don’t want to waste any of the delicious berries that you have been diligently attending to.
Making fruit crisp is much easier than making a pie, so using the berries you get from berry growing should be a cinch. Fruit crisp can be made with a few pantry ingredients: flour, oats, sugar, and cinnamon. Combine your dry ingredients with some butter to top off your fruit before putting it into the oven. Walk away for about 30 minutes or so and you will have dessert with virtually none of the effort usually required. You will likely have several recipes in your cookbooks that will work wonderfully, so take a look on your bookshelves.