Cooking with Alison

How to Freeze Strawberries

In Desserts, How-To on August 19, 2010 at pm

Frozen strawberries are convenient to have on hand throughout the year for smoothies, alcoholic beverages, strawberry sauce, desserts, etc.  So I stock up on fresh strawberries in the summer and freeze them for the fall and winter.  I recently found a bag of strawberries at the bottom of my deep freezer from two years ago.  To my surprise, when I defrosted them, they still looked and tasted great!  So I thought I’d share my method for freezing strawberries.  It’s tedious and time consuming, but well worth it, in my opinion.

Photo below:  Strawberries defrosting.  After spending 2 years in the deep freezer, they were still great.

On a side note, this post is for my sister who suggested that I create an encyclopedia of “How to” on food and cooking.  I guess this is a start  😉

How to Freeze Strawberries

Use good quality, ripe strawberries.

Step 1:  Wash the strawberries in cool water.  Leave the hulls on or else the strawberries will absorb excess water.

Step 2:  Allow the strawberries to dry off completely.

Step 3:  Remove the hulls with a sharp knife.

Step 4:  Spread the strawberries out on a baking sheet in a single layer and place in the freezer until just frozen through.

Step 5:  Place the strawberries into a large freezer bag, squeeze out as much air as possible and seal the bag tightly.  Then return to the freezer until ready for use.

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