See “Kashrut Instructions” below for instructions on checking fresh strawberries for insect infestation.
- 1½ cups quartered fresh strawberries
- 1 cup lime juice, fresh or bottled
- 4 cups water
- 1½ cups sugar substitute
- 6 small strawberries or lime wedges (optional)
- Blend strawberries and lime juice in blender or food processor until smooth.
- Combine strawberry mixture, water, and splenda in pitcher.
- Pour over ice cubes in tall glasses and garnish each with strawberry or lime wedge, if desired.
- If the green crown is to be removed, do so carefully without making a hole in the top of the strawberry. If a hole was made, the strawberry should then be cut in half, allowing you to wash both the inside and outside of the strawberry.
- Briefly soak berries in a solution of cold water and vegetable wash. The proper amount of vegetable wash has been added when some bubbles are observed in the water. (In the absence of vegetable wash, several drops of concentrated non-scented liquid detergent may be used. However, for health reasons, care must be taken to thoroughly rinse off the soapy solution.)
- Allow the berries to soak for a few minutes.
- Carefully wash off the entire surface of the strawberry.
- Gently dry each strawberry. They may be used without inspection.
- Carefully remove the green leaf of the strawberry without making a hole in the top of the strawberry. If a hole was made, the strawberry should then be cut in half, allowing both the inside and outside of the strawberry to be washed.
- Rub the surface of each individual berry while holding it under a stream of running water. Careful attention should be paid to the area beneath the green leaf at the top of the berry.
Inspection for Long Stem Strawberries:
The beauty of highly-priced long stem strawberries may be marred by contact with water and/or the removal of its green crown. We therefore recommend the following washing procedure:
- Taking an individual strawberry in hand, lift the green leafy crown at the top of the berry and, with a soft brush, e.g., soft bristle paintbrush or women’s make-up brush, brush off entire surface of strawberry.
- Each berry should be carefully inspected under strong light. Thrips may crawl into the crevices of the strawberry seeds. The entire surface area must be visually inspected. A magnifying glass can be a most helpful tool for easy identification of insects.
- If the strawberries are found to be heavily infested, the entire pallet should not be used.