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How to Freeze Strawberries

Today I’ve got another handy “how to” for you. We’ll take a look at how to freeze strawberries. It’s quick easy and will save money if you buy strawberries in bulk but can’t quite use them all before they spoil. Bonus: At the end I’ve also included some uses for frozen strawberries.

How to Freeze Strawberries - A Step by Step Guide

One of the keys to enjoying seasonal produce is capitalizing on storing extras, whether it be by freezing, drying or canning. Preservation of seasonal produce is a way to ensure that you enjoy your favorite fruits, veggies, and herbs year-round. While storage space can be an issue for some, mixing preservation methods is a good way to make the most of this abundance.

Strawberries are one fruit I find to definitely be worth the storage space. Capturing their flavor at the peak of the season is a gift you can give yourself down the line when you’re craving something with sweet juicy strawberries in late October. While the texture of the strawberries is altered from freezing, you can easily use the strawberries in a variety of pureed and cooked manners. Best of all, freezing strawberries is actually a very easy 3 step process.

How to Freeze Strawberries:

Step #1

Trim the tops of the strawberries off. When we were storing the strawberries in the fridge, we took the time to carefully core each strawberry. For freezing, I recommend just cutting the stem off at a flat angle. This way the strawberries will stand up easily on the sheet you’re freezing them on.

How to Freeze Strawberries - Step #1: Trim the tops off the strawberries

Step #2

Rinse the strawberries and drain them well. Next line up the trimmed strawberries on a sheet pan with the core side down. If you’re doing a big batch, neatly pack the strawberries onto a large tray. You’ll want to line the tray with a Sipat, parchment or some aluminum foil. Basically, a non-stick surface is what you need.

How to Freeze Strawberries - Step #2a: Rinse the strawberries then start to line the strawberries up on a sheet pan.

Proceed to line the pan with as many strawberries as you have. As you can see below, I just packed as many as would fit onto my sheet pan. Carefully place sheet pan in the freezer on a level surface. Freeze strawberries overnight.

How to Freeze Strawberries - Step #2b: Finish lining the tray with strawberries and freeze overnight.

Step #3

Once frozen through, transfer the strawberries to a freezer storage bag. Label and date the bag and return to the freezer.

How to Freeze Strawberries - Step #3 - Transfer strawberries to a freezer bag and keep in freezer for up to 6 months.

That’s pretty much it. Frozen strawberries will keep at least 6 months in the freezer. These strawberries will come in really handy for lots of dishes such as

  • Smoothies
  • Jam / Jelly
  • Frozen Yogurt
  • Coulis / Sauce for desserts
  • Strawberry shortcake sauce
  • Frozen blended cocktails like daiquiris and margaritas

Do you have any other suggestions for uses for frozen strawberries? Let us know in the comments section!

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