Berry facts and general information about berries including...
Planned Kids Cooking Curriculum
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Berries are Available:
Depending on the variety of berry: May-July.
How do Berries Grow:
Berries grow on bushes. Strawberries grow on plants.
What to Look for When Buying Berries:
Select berries that are plump and a good color for their variety.
They should not be mushy and if buying in a box, inspect all berries
Berry Facts- Storage Tips:
Store in fridge but do not wash until ready to use. Berries also
How to Cook Berries:
Berries are great for baking in muffins or pancakes. Use as a
topping for pies or cheesecakes. They make great sauces for ice
cream or other dessert dishes. Wonderful eaten as is.
You can freeze berries easily by laying a single layer on a cookie
sheet and flash freezing. Store in Ziploc bags and use for desserts,
fruit dishes and smoothies.
Try dried berries on your cereal, for added nutrition each morning.
Strawberries are high in Vitamin C and potassium. Blueberries are
a great source of antioxidants. Blackberries are high in
manganese. Raspberries are high in niacin.
Berry Facts- Recipes:
Three Berry Jam
4 Cups fresh strawberries
2 Cups fresh raspberries
1 Cup fresh blueberries
1 (1 3/4-ounce) package no-sugar needed powdered pectin
Mash berries with blender or by hand to equal 4 cups. Stir in
pectin, let stand 10 minutes. Stir often. Pour into saucepan and
bring to a boil over medium heat. Cook and stir 1 minute while
boiling. Fill clean jars or freezer containers and store in fridge
until jam is set. Store one in your fridge and the remainder in your
Berry Rice Cakes
1/4 Cup creamy peanut butter
1 teaspoon honey
3 fresh berries, cleaned and stems removed or replace with
24 mini rice cakes
Place the peanut butter into a small mixing bowl.
Add the honey and stir until well combined.
Cut each strawberry into 4 equal slices.
Spread the peanut butter mixture onto one side of each rice cake.
Place a strawberry onto 12 of the prepared rice cakes.
Top each strawberry with another rice cake peanut butter side down.
Berry Heaven Smoothie
half cup of strawberries
half cup of blueberries
half cup of blackberries
half cup of raspberries
and add half cup of orange or apple juice. Blend.
Berry Smoothie Video
Strawberry Spinach Salad
Fruit of choice: sliced strawberries, sliced kiwi, taste great and
add nice color to your salad but choose whatever you'd like Spinach Salad Dressing
1 Cup oil
4 Tablespoon sour cream
5 Tablespoon vinegar
½ teaspoon mustard
2 garlic cloves
½ teaspoon salt
2 Tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoon parsley
In a jar or salad shaker, add oil and sour cream. Then mix in
vinegar and other ingredients. Store in the fridge until ready to
serve. Shake well before using.
3/4 cup milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup chopped strawberries
In mixing bowl combine milk, oil and egg. Blend in flour, sugar,
salt and baking powder. Blend until smooth. Stir by hand or gently
add in chopped strawberries.
Add mini or regular muffin liners to muffin pans. Add spoonfuls of
dough into muffin liners. Bake at 400 degrees until golden brown.