Day 21/365 – Preparing Strawberries for freezing

Jan 21

Winter months is when strawberries are seen in abundance in Bangalore. They sell cheap and are at their best. I got this idea of freezing them for summers and have started doing this from last year. Though they last no more than a month. I use them happily through out summer months in smoothies and shakes. I bought a big batch this time to freeze them. I got so excited that after prepping them I turned my freezer to high to be super efficient.

And the same night my refrigerator broke. It was such a tragic story, got conned for repairing it with a local fraud mechanic, who took money and replaced parts with local substandard products. I don’t know what was I thinking. The refrigerator didn’t even last for a day. We have painstakingly waited patiently and finally after 2 more mechanics the one from the actual company authorized center did a good job and my refrigerator worked after 15 days. You can image things we take for granted, living without refrigerator was a night mare for 15 days. All my frozen products were spoiled. Luckily we have a smaller one in my other apartment and I was able to save these strawberries. We could use that refrigerator  only for essentials as my parents use them.

To freeze strawberries use a good batch. I used around 1/2 kg. Wash them and let them dry completely on a kitchen towel. After they are dried, hull them and pack in airtight containers. I used the same containers I bought them in, lining them with a parchment paper and finally sealing off with cling film. They last in the freezer for about 2 months.

Day 20/365 – Strawberry Lemonade

Jan 20

Session with beakers

Day 19/365 – Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Jan 19

Wherever I go these days I always find Oatmeal raisin cookies on the menu. Mc Donald’s has a Oatmeal raisin cookie Smoothie and Subway has large Oatmeal cookies offerings with their subs. No wonder I wanted to try these. So posting a recipe as well after a long time. These cookies turned out to be really good and I tried baking them super large size just like in Subway.

Giant Oatmeal Raisin Cookies (Recipe adapted from allrecipes)

2 eggs

1 and 1/2 cup brown sugar

3/4 cup butter (about 1 and 1/2 stick)

1 tsp baking soda

1 cup raisins

1 and 1/4 cup plain flour

2 and 3/4 cup rolled oats

1 tbsp cinnamon syrup * or 1 tsp cinnamon powder

1 tsp Vanilla

1/2 tsp salt

1. Cream together butter and sugar till sugar is completely dissolved.

2. Add the eggs and beat after each addition. Add the cinnamon syrup.

3. Gently fold in the flour, salt.

4. Finally stir in oats and raisin.

5. For gaint cookies drop the mix on greased baking sheet about 3 tbsp worth of mix to make one cookie. Bake at 190 C for about 10 mins or till firm and set and golden at the edges. Cool completely.

* to make Cinnamon syrup simply boil 1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 cup water and 1 tbsp cinnamon for about 10 minutes. It should be thick. Let cool and strain. Store in a clean bottle. This keeps well at room temperature for couple of months. This is an excellent syrup to flavor coffees, use for all kinds of baking.

Step by Step

1. Creaming the butter and sugar

2. Beat in 2 eggs and Cinnamon syrup  or Cinnamon Powder and Vanilla

3. Add in the flour and baking soda and Salt

4. Stir in the oats and raisin