SWEET SUPPORT: Nanango member Deb Frecklington is throwing her support behind Queensland strawberry farmers following recent contamination scares by revealing her secret family strawberry recipes.
SWEET SUPPORT: Nanango member Deb Frecklington is throwing her support behind Queensland strawberry farmers following recent contamination scares by revealing her secret family strawberry recipes. Contributed

Secret recipes support strawberry farmers

NANANGO member Deb Frecklington is fighting the strawberry contamination scares by sharing her family's secret strawberry recipes.

She released the first of her family recipes, Grandma Stiller's strawberry jam and her sister-in-law Tammy Stiller's fresh strawberry muffins, this week on her Facebook page.

The recipes were to encourage people to continue buying strawberries and support Queensland farmers, after several brands of the fruit were found with needles hidden inside.

"Her jam was wonderful and I hope people love it as much as I do," Ms Frecklington said.

Families should remember to chop the strawberries up first, to lower the risk of consuming a hidden needle.

"I'm asking Queenslanders to help our farmers and farmworkers by buying and eating strawberries," she said.

Queenslanders have a responsibility to help support farmers and farmworkers by buying and eating the strawberries.

"Our strawberry farmers are victims of crime and we must help them through this crisis," Ms Frecklington said.

"We can't give in to the pathetic, sick culprits who are behind this."

Ms Frecklington will continue to release recipes in support of the Queensland farmers.

"I have many more strawberry recipes to share, so keep an eye out for them, each one is delicious," she said.

Grandma Stiller's Strawberry Jam recipe:

1kg strawberries

4 cups sugar

4 tablespoons lemon juice

1. Place strawberries in a saucepan and mash them up with a potato masher.

2. Add sugar and and lemon, put on low heat until the sugar dissolves. Increase the heat until boiling. Stir. When the jam covers the back of the spoon it is ready.

3. Put the jam in clean jars.

 

Nanango member Deb Frecklington encourages people to buy and cook with strawberries to support Queensland farmers.
Nanango member Deb Frecklington encourages people to buy and cook with strawberries to support Queensland farmers. Bev Lacey

Tammy Stiller's Fresh Strawberry Muffins:

Makes about 12

2 1/2 cups self raising flour

90 grams cold butter

1 cup Castor Sugar

1 1/4 cups milk (can use buttermilk)

1 egg beaten lightly

vanilla essence (to taste)

Dash of cinnamon (to taste)

200 grams roughly sliced strawberries

1. Preheat oven to 180/160℃ fan forced.

2. Sift flour into large bowl, rub butter in well.

3. Stir in sugar, milk, egg, vanilla and cinnamon. Do not overmix, the mix should be lumpy.

4. Add strawberries gently to the mix.

5. Spoon the mixture into greased muffin pan holes.

6. Bake the muffins for 20 minutes.

7. Stand for five minutes, turn top side up on wire rack to cool.

The strawberry muffins are lovely when served with whipped cream on the side.

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