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Simi Valley Strawberry Stands

Simi Valley Strawberry Stands

 

Announcing The Opening of the 2013 Strawberry Season

In Southern California

 

Strawberries Are Back In Simi Valley!

 

January 20th and Strawberries are back in Simi Valley. 

The BG 1975 Strawberry is Here!

 This new strawberry variety ‘BG-1975’ is primarily adapted to the growing conditions of the southern coast of California, and is primarily characterized by foliage medium to small in size and light to medium green in color, production is early, beginning as early as late December, producing upwards of 50% to 60% of it production by the end of March, produced fruit is attractive and of excellent quality, produced fruit is orange red to red in color, medium to large in size, very firm, conical to cylindrical in shape with a smooth surface lacking creases and ridges, and seeds may be slightly sunken below the surface.

These early season strawberries are the sweetest and largest you will get all season. If you wonder, as strawberry season progresses why the strawberries don't taste the same as early in the year, it's because the variety they use early, is by far the best. Don't miss the best of the year!!

 

In Simi Valley, Strawberry Trucks from nearby Oxnard are stationed all around the city. In Southern California, strawberry season is long and bountiful. We get fresh, juicy, big berries from early March, through the end of the fall. The farmers bring fresh "Picked Same Day Organically Grown in Oxnard" strawberries to our grateful city of Simi Valley. I have discovered that even though many of the strawberry trucks in Simi Valley look the same, they are different. The strawberries come from different places and different growers use different varieties of strawberries than others. Simi Valley  Strawberries,  at Madera & Mc Coy is the best in Simi Valley. The closest cross street is L.A. Avenue. Simi Valley Strawberries is across the street from the Elephant Bar.    

Madera & Mc Coy Just South of Los Angeles Avenue 

 

                                                                 

 

 

 

 

Making Chocolate Dipped Strawberries for a Very Special Occasion?

 

.35 cents each

​Special Order Your Long Stemmed Strawberries

​Available only at Madera & Mc Coy

SimiValleyStrawberries.com

 

Special Order Long Stem Strawberries

 

Available only at the SimiValleyStrawberry truck at Madera and McCoy

Place your order with Agustine and Pick up the following day.

​Long Stemmed Strawberries for only .35 cents each. $ 10.00 Minimum Order

 

Yes You Can Use The Whole Box!

Let Us Show You How

 

You may be looking at this whole box of strawberries and asking yourself, ”how on Earth am I ever going to use all of these strawberries?  Can't I just buy half of a box?”   We will show you how to use every last strawberry. Even the soft squishy ones. Let's explore the possibilities.

 

Plan Ahead

How many of these berries are you going to consume in one day? If the answer is half, start planning right away by choosing one or more of these methods of preparing and preserving strawberries. Preserving strawberries is easy, thrifty and downright smart. Let’s get back to simpler times.

 

Freeze Them

 

It is really easy to freeze the strawberries. First of all, let's identify the berries right away that you would like to freeze on the first day when they are still fresh and solid. Rinse the Strawberries under running water, and dry them off gently using paper towels, then hull them, and set on a paper towel to finish drying. Then arrange them on a cookie sheet so they are not touching, and slide them into the freezer. After they freeze, just transfer them into a freezer bag, properly dated. These strawberries will keep frozen for 6 months. Use them in smoothies or just eat them frozen. Remember, we aren't here all year around selling strawberries, you have a 5 or 6 month period where we aren't able to grow strawberries. You don't want do worry about buying frozen imported foreign grown strawberries over the winter do you??  Strawberries that may have pesticides and who knows what else?

 

How do you Hull a Strawberry?

First of all, hulling a strawberry involves removing the green stem or calyx, from the top of the berry. You don't need a fancy gadget, but if you are into fancy gadgets, search for a strawberry hulling tool on  Amazon.com,  or go down to Bed, Bath and Beyond and pick one up cheap. Using a paring knife can work with some practice and cutting skills, but we found a great, cheap way to hull a strawberry. Just take a plastic straw and push it through the strawberry from the tip at the bottom, all the way through, pushing the core and green top right out and off. If you are concerned about the waste, there is no rule that says you can’t eat the part left in the straw. The hole all the way through will actually help freeze the fruit even faster. Here are some other samples of strawberry hulling tools.

 Strawberry Coulis

 

Strawberry coulis, pronounced Koo-lay, is a fancy French term for a sauce that is so easy to make and so tasty and elegant. Spoon it over pancakes or crepes. Serve it over chocolate cake, ice cream or your favorite desert.

Use a pound of washed and hulled strawberries, about 2 pints. Add about 1 tablespoon of sugar or to taste, and one ½ teaspoon of lemon or lime juice. Combine all ingredients and blend in until smooth and looking glossy. Taste to see if you need to add sugar. You can pass the puree through a sieve to remove seeds if you want. Pour into ½ pint containers to freeze leaving room in the container to expand when frozen.

 

                     

 

Chocolate Covered

Strawberries

 

30 Medium/Large Strawberries                                       30 Toothpicks

2 Cups Nestles' Semi Sweet Milk Chocolate Chips           2 Tbs. Shortening

1/2 Cup Nestles' White Chocolate Chips                           1 tsp. Vegetable Oil

Wax Paper and Sandwich Bag

In Simi Valley, we are blessed almost year around with fresh picked strawberries picked daily, just 30 miles away in Oxnard California. This recipe is so easy to prepare, even a novice can look like a fine pastry chef.  Your friends will think you spent the whole day slaving away at these beautiful strawberries. With a little practice, you can pipe the white chocolate on the berries in heart shapes, swirls and stripes. The shortening is used in this recipe to make the chocolate appear shiny and wet looking. If you are making it for yourself, for health reasons alone, just leave it out. If you want to impress, by all means use it.  Give as gifts, be the hero of the pot-luck.  Have fun and make sure you eat them all up, they don’t keep very long. Gee, too bad!   Bon Appetite!  And remember, whenever you can, buy your strawberries from our Oxnard Strawberry trucks!!! See our website for locations.

First, Wash the strawberries well and set on paper towels, wipe each strawberry gently with paper towels and make sure they have a chance to dry. Poke toothpicks into the tops at the stems to serve as handles for dipping and decorating. Some choose to skip this step for time purposes, holding on to the green leaf stem. Sure it's a little messy but you can skip a step.

 

Using a medium Pyrex glass mixing bowl, microwave the shortening for 30 seconds, mix with fork and then heat another 30 seconds till melted. Add the chocolate chips and stir up a little. The chips will begin melting immediately. Next, heat on high for 30 seconds, stir for 15 seconds and then microwave on high again for 30 seconds more. Stir again for 30 or more seconds, making sure the chocolate is smooth. Heat more if still necessary. Make sure the chocolate doesn’t overheat and burn or separate. The trick is to keep the chocolate cool to the touch. This will guarantee the chocolate forms a hard shell when it dries and doesn’t stay soft and messy.

  

Holding onto the toothpick sticking out of the strawberry, and at the same time gathering the green leaves on top, if for no other reason than to keep them out of the chocolate, dip the fruit into the chocolate, turning in the bowl to cover, and then twirling the strawberry in the air to spread the chocolate evenly. Now you can lay the berry onto a cookie sheet lined with wax paper, much easier but you get a flat side, or you can flip them upside-down, sticking the  toothpicks into Styrofoam or I prefer  a wire cooling rack, or you use an upside/down colander with smaller holes to poke the toothpicks in. Allow the chocolate to set-up and harden in a cool place for approximately 1 hour.

For the white chocolate drizzle, add a teaspoon of vegetable oil into a glass mixing bowl, add ½ cup of white chocolate chips and stir to coat & melt the white chocolate the same as you did the dark chocolate but without the shortening, microwave on high for 30 seconds, then stir for 15 seconds, then heat on high for another 30 seconds, stir until smooth heat and stir more if necessary and transfer to a Ziploc sandwich bag using a spatula. Now cut a tiny hole in one corner of the bag and squeeze out the white chocolate through the hole, piping it onto the strawberries with a back and forth motion. The oil you added will make the white chocolate flow better out of the bag.  Store berries in a cool place.  Refrigerate to help set up the berries or if room temperatures are too warm. Eat fast!

 I sometimes use a pan of hot tap water as a double boiler under the bowl of chocolate as I work with it on the countertop, especially  if  the room temps are too cool. Make sure to keep the water out of the chocolate. Keep some dried fruit on hand to wipe the chocolate bowl clean . Almost anything tastes better dipped in chocolate! 

 

Debra and Barry Kessler, Trooprealtors.com are happy to prepare and serve Chocolate Covered Strawberries for your over-the-top open house. Let us help you sell your home.  A sweet Deal for you.

Contact us at www.trooprealtors.com and set up an appointment.                                    

 

 

Contact Information

Photo of Barry and Debra Kessler Real Estate
Barry and Debra Kessler
CENTURY 21 Troop Real Estate
3200 East Los Angeles Avenue
Simi Valley CA 93065
Direct: 818-426-6415
805-422-2200