- 1 ready-made graham cracker crust
- 1 lb. strawberries, halved (3½ cups)
- 1 Tablespoon finely-grated fresh lime zest (from 3 limes)
- ¼ cup fresh lime juice (from 2 limes)
- 1 (14-oz) can sweetened condensed milk
- 2 Tablespoons tequila
- 2 Tablespoons Triple Sec, Cointreau, or other orange-flavored liqueur
- 1½ cups chilled heavy cream
- Garnish: small strawberries
- Purée strawberries, zest, lime juice, condensed milk, tequila, and liqueur in a food processor or blender until just smooth, and then transfer to a large bowl.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer beat the cream until it just holds stiff peaks. Fold one third of cream into strawberry mixture, and then fold in remainder in 2 batches.
- Pour the filling into crust, mounding it slightly in the center, and freeze, uncovered, until firm, about 4 hours.
- Remove from freezer and let soften in refrigerator, about 40 minutes, before serving (pie should be semi soft).
- 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.