How To Freeze Strawberries – The Right Way

Whether you’re buying strawberries in bulk, or just have a few extra strawberries you want to freeze for your smoothies, here is how to freeze strawberries, the right way!

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How To Freeze Strawberries

Why Should You Freeze Strawberries?

Before I tell how to freeze strawberries, let’s see why you should freeze them in the first place.

Freezing strawberries can help preserve their freshness and flavor for a longer period of time. It also allows you to enjoy strawberries out of season or when they are not readily available. Freezing strawberries is a convenient way to have them on hand for smoothies, desserts, or other recipes. Additionally, freezing can help prevent the strawberries from spoiling and going to waste.

It can be cheaper to freeze your own strawberries compared to buying pre-packaged frozen strawberries from the store. However, it depends on the cost of fresh strawberries in your area and how much you are able to buy in bulk. Freezing your own strawberries also allows you to control the quality and freshness of the fruit.

How to Freeze Strawberries

  1. Start by washing the strawberries under cold running water to remove any dirt or debris.
  2. Remove the stems and any blemishes from the strawberries.
  3. Pat the strawberries dry with a clean towel or paper towel to remove excess moisture.
  4. Slice them in half and place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, making sure they are not touching each other.
  5. Place the baking sheet in the freezer and allow the strawberries to freeze for 1-2 hours, or until they are firm.
  6. Once the strawberries are frozen, transfer them to a resealable plastic bag or airtight container.
  7. Label the bag or container with the date and store it in the freezer.
  8. Frozen strawberries can be stored in the freezer for up to 6-12 months.
  9. When ready to use the frozen strawberries, simply remove the desired amount from the freezer and thaw in the refrigerator. Or you can even use them frozen.
  10. Enjoy the frozen strawberries in smoothies, desserts, or as a healthy snack.

Mistakes To Avoid When Freezing Strawberries

  • Not properly washing the strawberries before freezing them. It is important to wash the strawberries thoroughly to remove any dirt or pesticides before freezing.
  • Freezing strawberries without removing the stems. The stems can become tough and bitter when frozen, so it is best to remove them before freezing.
  • Freezing strawberries whole without slicing or chopping them. Whole strawberries can become mushy when frozen and thawed, so it is better to slice or chop them before freezing.
  • Freezing strawberries in a single large clump. It is important to spread the strawberries out on a baking sheet in a single layer before freezing to prevent them from sticking together.
  • Using containers that are not airtight or freezer-safe. Improper storage can lead to freezer burn and a loss of flavor and quality in the strawberries.
  • Freezing strawberries that are overripe or mushy. It is best to freeze strawberries when they are at their peak ripeness for the best flavor and texture when thawed.
  • Thawing strawberries at room temperature. It is best to thaw strawberries in the refrigerator to maintain their texture and flavor.

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