Tip of the Day: Freezing Strawberries

Strawberry season is definitely upon us!  Last weekend we headed out to Virginia for a day of pink stained fingers while picking strawberries.  We came home with over 10 pounds, some of which I turned into jam and the rest were thrown in the freezer.

freezing_StrawberriesFreezing strawberries is simple and saves them for later when you’re running out of time before they go bad in the fridge. The only downfall is generally speaking, strawberries that have been frozen and then thawed will not retain their original shape and texture, so they are best used as an ingredient in sauces, preserves, smoothies, or in baked goods.

Here’s how I freeze ’em…

1. Wash the berries in cold water, then pat dry.

2. Remove the stems with a sharp paring knife.

3. Place the berries nice and tight in a single layer on a baking sheet to prevent them from sticking together in one big clump after freezing.  Then put them in the freezer for about an hour.

4. Remove from freezer and transfer to freezer ziplock bags.  Label and date the bags then return them to the freezer.

5. The strawberries will keep for about a year if sealed in an air-tight bag.

2 Comments

Filed under Food, Healthy, Home Keeping, How To

2 responses to “Tip of the Day: Freezing Strawberries

  1. I’d love to go berry picking this summer! I’m relatively new to the area. Do you have a place that you recommend?

  2. We picked about 15 lbs of strawberries yesterday at great country farm in northern Virginia. They are delicious, but we can’t eat them fast enough. I’m glad to find these freezing instructions so that we can enjoy them into the winter.

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