What do you put on strawberries to make them tastier?
If you follow any Bon Appétit staffer on Instagram, you know when Harry’s Berries are in season. In these parts, the arrival of these ridiculously-delicious berries from a single small farm in California marks the official beginning of summer. They’re our first, precious taste of that real-deal ripe-ripe, and their brief season comes well before we actually get any decent local strawberries in this neck of the woods.
These things are so bursting with flavor that they almost taste fake, more strawberry-y than you could even imagine strawberries could taste. But it can’t be all Harry’s Berries all the time—that’s just not the world we live in. And when we’re facing down a clamshell of less-than, trucked-from-far-away fruit, or even farmers’ market berries that aren’t bursting with flavor, we have a simple trick that will make them taste almost as good.
All you’ve got to do to rescue mediocre berries from their own mediocrity? Add a little sugar and salt! Wash your strawberries, cut them, and hit them with a pinch of salt and a couple good three-finger pinches of granulated sugar, give them a little tossy-toss, and watch them magically start to darken and get extra juicy.
- The additional sugar supplements whatever natural sweetness the strawberries might be lacking, and helps to draw out their juices to form a tasty, ruby red syrup.
- And the salt, which may seem like a wildcard in a sweet preparation, actually does exactly what it does in savory applications—it makes the strawberries taste more, which is especially welcome in a situation when they don’t taste like all that much.
Magically, what were once ho-hum berries start to taste.actually awesome! But folks, it doesn’t stop with strawberries! This same little one-two punch of a flavor enhancer can be applied to any berry that could use a little pick me up. Raspberries. Blackberries.
- You name it! It even works with stone fruits like peaches, plums, and nectarines.
- To be quite honest, you’d be hard-pressed to find anything that couldn’t benefit from a little hit of salt and sugar.
- So whenever you can get flavorful, perfectly-ripe berries—Harry’s or otherwise—enjoy them with unadorned and with abandon in whatever strawberry recipe you love.
And all those other times? A little salt ‘n suga will have things tasting juuuuuust fine.
What seasonings go best with strawberries?
Frequently Asked Questions – What cheese goes well with strawberries? Mozzarella, goat cheese, feta cheese, cream cheese, brie cheese, and any soft cheese goes well with strawberries. What herb goes well with strawberries? Mint, coriander, basil, watercress, dill, fennel, tarragon, and rosemary are the herbs that pair well with strawberries.
- What goes well with strawberries in a smoothie? Blueberry, blackberry, raspberry, mango, apple, banana, peach, and nectarine are a few fruit flavors to go well with strawberries in a smoothie.
- What goes well with strawberries in a salad? Cucumber, bell peppers, spinach, tomato, avocado, lemon, limes, red onion, coconut, rhubarb, asparagus, coriander/cilantro, lettuce, arugula, kale, plum, prune, guava, kumquat, papaya, passion fruit, and pomegranate goes well with strawberry in a salad.
What liquor goes with strawberries? Brandy, Champagne, elderflower liqueur, rum, sake, and red, rosé, and sweet white wine, amaretto, Grand Marnier are the liquor that goes well with them.
Is it good to put sugar on strawberries?
What does Macerated Mean? – Macerated means to soften or sweeten by soaking in a liquid. It is the perfect way to sweeten strawberries that aren’t as sweet or ripe as you would like them. Fruit can be macerated in a liquid such as balsamic vinegar or liquor but it can also be macerated in sugar.
What is a perfect strawberry?
Look for bright red berries. Strawberries don’t continue to ripen after they are picked, so what you see is what you get. Look for berries that a bright red from top to bottom. Berries like the ones in the photo below, with a lot of yellow or green, will stay that color and won’t taste as sweet as a ripe strawberry.
Why do people add sugar to strawberries?
A Two-Ingredient Topping – Macerated strawberries are an unbelievably easy and versatile alternative to strawberry pie filling or strawberry syrup. They’re made with just sugar and fresh berries, and you can have them prepped in only five minutes! If you’re not familiar with maceration, it’s a very hands-off technique to soften and break down berries or other fruits.
- By simply adding sugar to cut the berries, they’ll become juicer and sweeter, and their flavor will intensify.
- The whole process works quickly, but you do need to allot for a bit of time as they take about half an hour to an hour to macerate.
- Serve your macerated berries over pound cake, waffles or crepes, angel food cake, or enjoy them on their own.
They also make a delicious snack with some homemade whipped cream –yum!