* If necessary to bake muffins in batches, remaining batter can be refrigerated and baked as soon as possible.
Purchase fresh strawberries that are dark red and without white tips or signs of mold or mushiness. Use them within a day or so of purchase. Rinse berries, then remove their green hulls. Doing the reverse can waterlog the berries.
For a strawberry shortcake variation, split these muffins, then fill and top them with additional (uncooked) sliced fresh berries and mounds of real whipped cream.
Substitute raspberries or chopped ripe peaches for the strawberries.