How to Freeze Whole Strawberries0
Freezing strawberries is easy peasy but there are a couple of steps you can take to optimize the outcome. The method I used works best for freezing whole strawberries. Timing is key too – try to freeze them as close to the time they are harvested as possible in order to retain nutrients and taste. Here’s the scoop on freezing whole strawberries:
- Rinse the berries in cool water – don’t leave them in the water for too long or you’ll lose some flavor.
- Let the berries drain in a strainer for about 3 minutes and then gently pat them dry with an absorbent towel.
- Hull the berries (remove the green stem) and remove any spoiled berries/cut out spoiled spots. (These can go into your compost… or you can feed them to the chickens like I did!)
- Place the strawberries on a baking sheet in a single layer (try to avoid letting them touch) and freeze for 24 hours. NOTE: I placed the berries on a layer of paper towel so that more water would be absorbed as they were freezing. This worked well except for the berries where portions I had cut were touching the paper towel (i.e., where the hull was cut away). In these places the berry stuck to the paper.
- Transfer strawberries to a an air-tight container (freezer bag or jar). Label with the date and contents, then store in the freezer for up to six months.
That’s it! Pretty simple, right? Now when the weather turns cool and strawberry shortcake sounds yummy… or you have a hankering for a strawberry smoothie… you can go shopping in your freezer. It doesn’t get much more local than that!
Anyone else have strawberry freezing tips?
P.S. Looking for naturally-raised strawberries in the Southwest Michigan area? Find them here.