On any day of the year, spoil that someone special or even yourself with one of my delicious desserts like gluten and dairy free banana pudding, brownies topped with homemade ice cream (recipe coming soon), or this strawberry pie topped with truwhip. They are all perfect on a hot summer day.
If strawberries are one of your favorite desserts, buy and prepare enough to top Old Fashioned Gluten and Dairy Free Pancakes.
How to Wash Your Strawberries
Washing strawberries twice removes all the dirt and kills harmful bacteria, mold, and viruses. After soaking all my vegetables in an ice-water vinegar solution on the day of purchase, I was tickled to learn they lasted a week without any appearance of mold growing on them. In fact, the vegetables looked better than on the day of purchase. However, some fruits are best washed on the day you will eat them like peaches.
According to PubMed, a 1 % concentration of acidic acid in the vinegar kills bacteria, including E. coli. The label on the bottle of vinegar tells you the concentration. In fact, vinegar has numerous health benefits.
Interestingly, vinegar naturally increases sodium chloride (salt), which inhibits the growth of mold and provides additional health benefits.
- Picks up and transports nutrients within the bloodstream
- Maintains blood pressure by promoting ideal balance of fluids within your body
- Transmits nerve signals
- Contracts and relaxes muscles
For the Washing:
- 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar
- 1 prebaked gluten and dairy free pie crust
For the Filling:
- 1 1/2 cups of washed and quartered strawberries
- 1 cup of sugar
- 3 tablespoons of cornstarch
- 3/4 cup of water
- 4 tablespoons of strawberry jello
How to Make Gluten and Dairy Free Strawberry Pie
Wash Your Strawberries
First, fill up a bowl or sink with water. Dunk strawberries moving them around in the water.
Then, refill the other side of the sink with about a ½ cup of vinegar with enough water to completely cover the strawberries. I like to use apple cider vinegar, which kills fungus and bacteria. Now, remove strawberries from the rinse water into the vinegar-water solution. Let them sit in the vinegar water for about 3 minutes. Vinegar kills bacteria.
Next, put strawberries in a strainer. While water drains, line your counter or a cookie sheet with a clean, dark dishtowel. On top of the dish towel, lay paper towels. This will catch most of the red dye that some strawberries will leave behind. Lastly, remove strawberries from the strainer one at a time to minimize water getting on the paper towels.
Make Your Pie Crust
While strawberries dry, make my Gluten and Dairy free Pie Crust. This recipe makes two pie crusts. I like to double the recipe and put two, unbaked pie crusts in the freezer or tightly wrapped two balls of pie crust dough in the refrigerator where they will keep for a few days.
You must prebake the pie crust and let it completely cool before adding strawberries. If you use a store-bought crust, prebake the crust using directions for baking an empty pie crust.
Slice the Strawberries
While the pie crust cools, cut off the green tops of the strawberries. Then, and cut them in half or quarters, keep small strawberries whole.
You must place strawberries in a cooled pie shell before cooking the mixture below. The pie crust must be completely cool, so strawberries stay firm.
How to Make the Gluten and Dairy free Strawberry Pie Gel Filling
In large saucepan mix:
1 cup of sugar
3 tablespoons of cornstarch
3/4 cup of water
4 tablespoons of strawberry jello
Turn the burner to medium-low. Stir constantly while cooking.
Once the mixture is thick enough, like Jello, it turns clear/transparent and sticks to the spoon.
You can test to see if it is done by dripping some of the gluten and dairy free strawberry pie gel filling into a cup filled with ice cold water. If it forms a small ball, it’s done!
Remove the saucepan from the burner and stir the gel until it is completely cool. About 5 minutes.
Pour the gel over the strawberries in the pie crust.
Place the pie in the refrigerator to set. Do not cover while it is setting for about the first hour or two.
Serve with your favorite non-dairy toppings like truwhip or ice cream!