Further evidence that mytoddler daughter rules our kitchen - out of season strawberries in my fridge. Strawberries have been a weekly addition to our shopping cart since December. I get it kiddo - at two years old you just love what you love and you aren't worried whether your berries are seasonal, local, organic, or even washed.
Ella basically has a strawberry radar on full blast. One particularly ornery Saturday - she insisted on being outside of the shopping cart to help. Luck would have it that there was a strawberry display just inside the store entrance. She stopped mesmerized, "stawbewrries" she whispered. I was trying to find the shopping list, trying not to block the busy store entrance, and clearly not paying attention when a quart of strawberries was lobed into the cart by a toddler obsessed. That carton of strawberries burst open - all over the shopping cart and the store floor.
I tried not to laugh as I scolded Ella. "Oh no, no, Ella we have to be gentle with our strawberries". I moved the shopping cart out of the way, smushing berries with the wheels, trying my best to let other shoppers in the door. And as I started picking up stray berries from the grocery store floor - another quart of berries hit the side of the cart to the cheer of "more stawbewrries pease!" I just lost it; I was in a full on giggle fit in the entrance of a very busy grocery store on a Saturday. We bought two pints of terribly bruised out of season strawberries that day.
We also buy a lot of dried strawberries and freeze dried strawberries for snacks too. Ella has a dairy sensitivity that keeps her from enjoying store bought strawberry milk. So I worked up this Strawberry Milk Mix to indulge Ella's strawberry obsessions and use up some of the freeze dried strawberries that start to get stale after someone leaves the package open.
Strawberry Milk Mix
makes 3 cups
3 cups freeze dried strawberries - about 14 ounces
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla powder, optional
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
Pulse together the strawberries, sugar, vanilla powder, and salt in a food processor to a fine powder. Store in an airtight container for up to a month.
Combine 1 tablespoon of powder with 8 ounces of milk, almond milk, heck even yogurt and stir to combine well. Enjoy!