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How to Freeze Strawberries

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How to Freeze Strawberries

Photo © Erin Huffstetler

Strawberries freeze beautifully. Buy a bunch in June, when they're at their cheapest and tastiest; then, freeze them to use throughout the year.

Difficulty: Easy

Time Required: Varies

Here's How:

  1. Wash the strawberries in cool water, and pat them dry.
  2. Sort out any damaged berries and debris (stems, leaves, etc.).
  3. Hull the strawberries (that's fancy for remove the stems).
  4. Then, arrange the strawberries in a single layer on a cookie sheet, and place them in the freezer.
  5. Once frozen, transfer the berries to freezer bags, and store them in the freezer until you're ready to use them.

    Strawberries will keep in the freezer indefinitely, but are best when used within six months of freezing.

Tips:

  1. Cut down on the number of mystery items in your freezer by labeling your bags with the contents and date.
  2. Too busy to can? Freeze your berries now. Then, pull them out when you have more time. It won't affect the quality of your jam or jelly at all.
  3. Frozen strawberries are best used in recipes. Try them in smoothies, baked goods, ice cream or jam.
  4. Use this printable freezer inventory list to stay on top of what's in your freezer.

What You Need:

  • Strawberries
  • Water
  • A colander or bowl
  • A cookie sheet
  • A knife or strawberry huller
  • Freezer bags

See Also:

  1. About.com
  2. Money
  3. Frugal Living
  4. Food Savings
  5. Preserving Foods
  6. Freezing Foods
  7. Freezing Fruit
  8. How to Freeze Strawberries

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