Thursday, May 9, 2013

Simple Oatmeal Strawberry Cobbler + {Tips for Purchasing & Storing}

When bright red strawberries start popping up in the grocery store, I know summers right around the corner. May is Strawberry season in Texas, but due to the hot and cold temperatures berries won't be ready for picking at the berry farm until June. 

My family loves picking fresh strawberries, but they hate going in the heat of summer. For me it's worth fighting the grueling Texas heat to get a big box of fresh strawberries. Since the strawberries aren't ready, I will have to rely on store bought. To celebrate the beginning of "Strawberry Season", Walmart asked me to share a strawberry recipe.


Cobblers are quite common in the South and one of my family's favorite desserts, so today I'm sharing a recipe for a Simple Strawberry Cobbler. This recipe has oatmeal as one of the ingredients, so I think this could also be considered a fruit crisp

Walmart has a great selection of strawberries and the prices are really good. Before I get to the recipe, I wanted to share a few tips on picking and storing those precious berries.

Facts to keep in mind when purchasing & storing strawberries:
  • Select plump, firm, fully red berries. Strawberries should have a potent fragrance. Those without it generally aren't ripe and strawberries do not ripen after harvesting.
  • Fresh strawberries are highly perishable, so use them right away for the best flavor and appearance.
  • Don’t wash the berries until you are ready to use them. Washing makes them more prone to spoiling.
  • Put a couple of days supply into the fridge, wash and cut the caps (green tops) off the others and freeze them up! (Unless you’re going to make jam right away)
How to freeze strawberries:  
  • Wash and drain berries well on paper towels
  • Remove stems
  • Place berries on a cookie sheet in one even layer and place in freezer 
  • After frozen, place berries in a large freezer. Seal the bag tightly and label it with the date. Strawberries can be frozen for up to 6 months. 
  • It's best to use frozen strawberries in jams, jellies, sauces, ice cream, smoothies, sorbets, cobblers, pies and cakes. 





Easy Oatmeal Strawberry Cobbler

Ingredients:

2 - lbs strawberries, sliced or halved
½ - cup granulated sugar
2 - tablespoons cornstarch
2 - tablespoons water


Topping: 

¾ - cup firmly packed brown sugar
¾ - cup quick cooking oats
½ - cup all-purpose flour
½ - teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ - cup butter, softened


Directions:
Preheat oven to 350ยบ F. In a large saucepan, combine strawberries and sugar. Let stand for 30 minutes. 


Cook strawberry and sugar mixture, stirring frequently, over medium heat for 5 minutes. In a small bowl, combine cornstarch and water until blended. Stir cornstarch mixture into strawberry mixture. 

Bring to a boil over medium heat; boil for 1 minute or until mixture is thickened. Spoon mixture into 8x8 inch square pan. In a medium bowl, combine brown sugar, oats, flour and cinnamon.

Using a pastry blender or fork, cut in butter until mixture is crumbly.  Sprinkle mixture evenly over the strawberry mixture. Bake for 30 - 40 minutes or until lightly browned and bubbly. Serve warm. 

adapted from: Paula Deen




Garnish with a dollop of whipped cream or vanilla ice cream and enjoy!


Currently Walmart has a great selection of strawberries. I usually try and purchase the 32 oz. containers, because we love eating them. Did you know by purchasing larger packages the price per pound drops about .25 less per pound to $1.74. I definitely like that.


What are some of your favorite strawberry recipes?




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6 comments:

K. Marie Jesch said... #

Definitely Strawberry Jam is my favorite! Bring 2 pounds of sliced and hulled strawberries (weighed AFTER they are prepared), 1.5 lb sugar, 1 grated green apple (skin and flesh, no core), and .25 cup of fresh lemon juice to a heavy boil. Boil until thick, about 20-30 min. Then ladle into 4 clean jars and screw on the lids. Turn them upside down to cool and seal/ "process" the lids. Store up to 1 year. Easy and delicious! ~ That's a recipe from a Williams Sonoma cookbook called "Family Meals" by Maria Helm Sinskey. I make it on a weekly basis during strawberry season!

K. Marie Jesch said... #

Forgot to add that your strawberry cobbler recipe looks delish! Can't wait to try it!

Debra said... #

Just took it out of the oven looks and smells amazing!!! Love to have something different to make with strawberries besides shortcake!!! Yum :-)

Lindsey @ American Heritage Cooking said... #

I love strawberry season! I just bought (my second) half flat of the season at the farmer's market. I have plans for some of them but I think I might just have to make your strawberry cobbler with the remainder! Thanks for the wonderful recipe as always!

Alwayzbakin said... #

Love it when strawberries are in season. Lately I've been a fruit freak. Can't wait to try this. My family will love it!

Lilly said... #

Ich liebe Erdbeeren und freue mich jedes Jahr darauf, wenn es diese endlich wieder gibt. Da kann man einfach so viel mit machen.