The record warm winter in Central Florida is causing Strawberry season to come a little early this year. The Florida Strawberry Festival does not open until next Thursday, February 28, and yet the supermarkets and farmers markets alike are filled to the brim with Plant City Strawberries. For Tampa Bay budget meal fans, this is the best time to stock freezers and pantries with the ruby red fruit in all its bountiful beauty. With flats selling for as little as ten dollars, a year’s worth of jam, dried berries, and frozen berries for smoothies can be made for $100 or less; potentially saving hundreds on the year’s grocery bill.
Here are the top five ways to enjoy Strawberries as part of a family’s cheap eats strategy year-round: