How Not to Buy Strawberries in Buenos Aires

8 Oct

They say if it’s too good to be true, it probably is…but you never remember these helpful sayings at the right time! I found out the hard way that street vendors in Buenos Aires are not always to be trusted.

You see, every day I take the subway downtown to work and back home, every day I see the same illegal subway vendors: there’s the coffee  guy parked at the entrance of the subway who always greets me with an “hola hermosa!“, there’s the guy in the stairs selling DVDs who always is yelling at his children not to step on the merchandise, and then there are the fruit guys with the long plyboard tables sagging under the weight of whatever fruit is in season. I must admit, their prices are rather decent, often better than my usual vegetable seller. So the other day when I saw that a kilo of strawberries was only 10 pesos, I started having visions of all the amazing things I would be able to make with delicious, red strawberries.

So for the first time in my life, I approached the vendor and said “1 kilo of strawberries, please!” Except in Spanish, of course. I should have been alerted when instead of grabbing the beautiful strawberries on the top of the pile, he quickly starting shoveling strawberries from the side of the pile (where I couldn’t see them) into a bag. I should have known something was up when he turned his back to measure the strawberries, thus blocking the view of the scale. And I definitely should have said something when, out of the corner of my eye, I spotted a few shiny coins on the scale and thought “hm! that’s a strange place to keep coins…hey wait-a…”, but it was too late, I’d handed over my ten pesos and he pushed the bag of strawberries in my hands and shooed me away. Strawberries in Buenos Aires

Being the smart girl I am (go college education, woo!) I promptly dug out my digital scale when I got home and lo-and-behold what do I find? Oh! That dirty strawberry vendor ripped me off a hundred grams! It must have been those coins on the scale…so I now know my lesson and I will never, ever buy strawberries from some strange men off the street.

But since I had them anyways, I had to use them. So, I whipped up some super easy, quick strawberry jam. And boy was it delicious on the scones I baked up from JoyofBaking.

Easy Strawberry Jam Recipe:

2 cups chopped strawberries (you could put them in your food processor too, if you aren’t one of those people who got mad at their food processor and threw it and consequently broke it…oops.)

Easy Strawberry Jam

1/4 cup sugar

1-2 tbls lemon juice

Put everything in pot and bring to a boil, stir constantly for 10 minutes until mixtures thickens. It will thicken more when it cools! Because I use chopped strawberries, I smushed them up a bit with a fork prior to cooking them, but they break down pretty well while cooking anyway!

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