Mon 27 Jun 2016
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HAND HELD SMOKING OF FRESH STRAWBERRY FOR SMOKED STRAWBERRIES
Harvesting fresh strawberries is now in season so why not do something different with this fruit favorite and try your hand at smoking them! One of the easiest methods for controlling the smoke level to a fruit is to use a hand held food smoker.
- A hand-held food smoker – we are using the Deni® Hand Held Food Smoker
- SmokinLicious ® Piccolo® Wood Chips in Size #6, #8 or #10 in your choice of wood species
- Fresh strawberries
- A sheet pan or cookie sheet
- A food bag large enough to fit over the sheet pan or plastic wrap
- A lighter or small kitchen torch
HANDHELD FOOD SMOKER PREPARATIONS:
Assemble the handheld food smoker according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Add the SmokinLicious® Gourmet Wood Products Piccolo® Wood Chips in Size #6, #8 or #10 to the chip bowl of the unit. You will only need a Tablespoon or two on hand. Be sure to select a wood flavor that will not overpower the strawberry. My choice is Alder.
PREPARING THE STRAWBERRIES
Gently wash the strawberries and trim the stem head. You may smoke the strawberries whole or in cut pieces, your choice. Pat dry and lay them out on the sheet pan.
SETTING UP FOR SMOKING
Once the strawberries are on the sheet pan, take a food storage bag or plastic wrap and secure around the sheet pan holding the strawberries. Leave the end of the bag open or one corner of the plastic wrap open on the pan. Position the smoking tube of the handheld food smoker under the plastic wrap or in the bag and then seal around the tube.
Turn on the handheld food smoker and light the chips. Immediately, you will see smoke being produced inside the plastic wrap or bag. Decide how much smoke vapor you want in the bag – though I prefer to fill it right up. Turn off the handheld food smoker and remove the tube. Then seal the bag with a cable tie or twist tie or secure the plastic wrap to the sheet pan.
I like to wait until I see most of the smoke vapor dissipate from the bag before opening. Once the smoke infusion is finished, you can begin to use the smoked strawberries in any recipe that calls for this fabulous fruit. Be sure to check out our recipe postings to give you inspiration including the Smoked Strawberry Napoleon with Prosecco Cream.