Cleaning and Choosing Strawberries

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Rob Kingsbury of the ACKC Cocoa Bar demonstrates how to properly choose and wash strawberries for dipping.

    Rob Kingsbury: Hi, I am Rob Kingsbury with the ACKC Cocoa Bar. Today I am showing you how to dip strawberries, decorate them and enjoy them. This clip is going to be about washing and preparing strawberries for dipping. So first of all make sure you get some beautiful strawberries. Right now we have a beautiful blend of strawberries from California. I have already rinsed these off and so next is just going to pick through, pick out the strawberries that I want to use for the dipping and make sure they are really, really dry. So the important step here is making sure that all the water is removed. So you want to take a paper towel and come through, give it a good cover and a good path and you want to make sure when you're doing this that you are getting underneath the green leaves, make sure there is no water hiding under there. So at the same time you are getting the water off, it's a good time to also just remove any dead leaves that you might have on the strawberry and put them aside.

    And then when you finish drying them off make sure you put them on to a table rack that has paper towels on, just to make sure that the moisture is getting removed. So now we have finished separating the berries. What I have done is I have picked through the batch that I bought and I picked out just the largest ones, for the dipping and I put the smaller ones in the bowl over here as well as the ones that have little bit of spoilage or little marks or mars on it. We are not going to let this go to waste. We will be able to enjoy these by just taking of the tops and adding a little sugar and we can store it in the freezer for an indefinite amount of time and then bring these back out at any point to make strawberry shortcake, strawberry rhubarb pie, you can bring it back out to make a nice milkshake whatever you want to do with the strawberry.

    But for now we have got these great strawberries that I have separated out, cleaned the leaves. I have got the little dead leaves in the bowl here so these strawberries are ready to go.

    Alright and so right now we are going to put these berries aside for a few minutes and we are going to melt down our chocolates. So today we are going to be using nice white milk and a dark chocolate from Belgium. I will be right back.