How to Freeze Strawberries
WHOLE: Rinse first, then cap berries. Air dry on a dish towel. Place, not touching, on a cookie sheet and put in the freezer. Once berries are frozen, place them in freezer bags. Use later like ice cubes in fruit smoothies, or partially thawed in cereal or to snack on.
CHOPPED: (This is the way we freeze most of our strawberries). Rinse and cap the berries. You may crush, chop or slice the berries.
- Crush: Place whole berries in a casserole dish and use anything with a flat surface to crush the berries. (We use glasses or glass jars). Then place in freezer bags.
- Chop:Chop berries with a pastry blender or any food chopper (NOT a food processor.)
- These are great for freezer jam, homemade ice cream, or pouring over ice cream or cake.
- We usually freeze some without sugar. For freezer jam, pies, and homemade ice cream, do not add sugar; the recipe will call for sugar. For just pouring over cake or ice cream, you may want to add a little sugar to taste. If you add sugar, let the berries and sugar sit for a few minutes to make a juice.
- We would recommend freezing no more than 2 cups of chopped berries in one bag.
How to Care For Fresh Strawberries
- On the drive home, keep berries cool and take them inside immediately to a cool place. Protect them from heat and direct sunlight. Do not leave them in the car!
- Handle berries gently.
- Leave the caps on the berries until after you rinse them.
- Strawberries stored with the green caps on stay firm longer than those without the caps.
- We recommend keeping fresh strawberries refrigerated rather than on the counter at room temperature. Place fresh strawberries in shallow containers, cover them, and place in refrigerator. It’s best to store them only 1 or 2 deep in a shallow container.
- For best flavor after refrigerating, allow strawberries to reach room temperature before serving.
- Do not rinse the berries until you are ready to eat them. Rinse berries in cold water. Do not allow berries to soak.