Wondering how to freeze strawberries when they are in season? Read my detailed post below and learn how to freeze these berries at home without getting mushy.
About This Recipe
I suddenly get this certain craving for a fruit sometimes, when they are not in season. And what’s the best solution for it, freeze the fruits. What fruit do I freeze the most? Strawberries.
The market is flooded with these beauties in summer, and when it ends I really miss them as I like to add them in my smoothies, shakes, desserts, or fruit salads.
So, I just get some fresh strawberries when the season is about to end and freeze it.
Just make sure to buy fully ripe and sweet strawberries to freeze, so you get the best taste whenever you use them.
If your strawberries are not sweet or unripe, then they will not taste good after freezing.
There are many ways to freeze strawberries. You can freeze them whole, sliced, finely chopped or crushed.
You can choose to freeze them with or without sugar.
No matter whether you are freezing them whole, sliced or crushed, make sure you wash them properly to get rid of any dirt. It is important that strawberries are free of any dirt for them to last longer.
Why miss the taste of summer year-round when you can savor them whenever you want. Right?
You just need one ingredient for this – Strawberries.
Opt for the strawberries that are bright red and glossy looking, as they are sweet and they taste great once they are thawed. There should be no green or white streaks.
Do not opt for deep red strawberries, as they might be over ripe and will turn mushy once thawed.
How to freeze Strawberries?
Take a large bowl filled with water and soak the strawberries in it. The dirt will settle down in a few minutes.
Gently remove the strawberries from the water and spread them on a kitchen towel for a few hours to get rid of any water on their surface.
Chop the left top from the strawberries and remove any blemishes from the strawberries if they have it.
Arrange them on a baking tray in a single layer. Freeze for a couple of hours until each strawberry is frozen.
Collect the frozen strawberries and put the in a zip lock bag. Seal the bag and freeze the strawberries until you want to use them.
Frequently Asked Questions
You can freeze strawberries without sugar, but they have a higher risk of freezer burn and you will have to use them up within six months.
But if you want to freeze them for a longer time, dust strawberries with sugar before freezing. This will help in preserving their color and preventing freezer burn.
You can even freeze strawberries in simple sugar syrup. To freeze in sugar syrup, combine 4 cups water and 1 cup sugar and dissolve it completely. You can use either cold or hot water.
If you are using hot water, let the sugar syrup cool down completely before using it.
Now add whole or sliced strawberries to it. Transfer in airtight container and freeze.
Thaw the strawberries in the refrigerator for a few hours before using or at room temperature.
To freeze strawberries without getting mushy, wash and dry the strawberries.
Make sure you don’t soak strawberries for long as they might lose flavor and nutrients.
Once dry, remove the green leaves. Now line the strawberries on a baking sheet or tray and freeze for a few hours, until solid.
Also, make sure there is a gap between strawberries and they are not touching.
Once frozen, transfer them into freezer-safe bags or airtight containers and keep in the freezer for up to six months.
Depending on how you want to use the strawberries, you can either use them directly or thaw them in the refrigerator.
In smoothies and baked goods, you won’t need to thaw them. You can use them straight from the freezer. You can chop them finely if using in muffins or cakes.
Thaw them overnight in the fridge if using in smoothie bowls or overnight oats. The best and recommended way to thaw frozen strawberries is to keep them out at room temperature or take out the number of strawberries you need and put in a bowl and let them thaw overnight in the refrigerator.
You can even place the container or bag in cold water.
You can even puree the strawberries and store them for up to 6 months.
First, wash and dry the strawberries. Transfer them into a grinder or blender. Blend to make a puree.
You can now pour it into freezer-safe containers or individual ice cube trays and use them as and when needed.
You can freeze these Strawberries for about 6 months, if stored properly. If you keep for longer, it is likely to get a freezer burn,
When we buy Strawberries from the market, they have a lot of dirt on them. So just add them in a bowl of water, so that the dirt can settle down in a few minutes.
Then dry the same, and continue with the remaining process to freeze the same.
Use them in your Overnight Oats Bowl or in Smoothie Bowls.
You can even use it in your cocktails and mocktails, and your guests will surely wonder where did you get strawberries from? Haha, it happens with me all the time.
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How to freeze strawberries
- 1 kg Strawberries
- Take a large bowl filled with water and soak the strawberries in it.
- The dirt will settle down in a few minutes.
- Gently remove the strawberries from the water and spread them on a kitchen towel for a few hours to get rid of any water on their surface.
- Chop the left top from the strawberries and remove any blemishes from the strawberries if they have it.
- Arrange them on a baking tray in a single layer.
- Freeze for a couple of hours until each strawberry is frozen.
- Collect the frozen strawberries and put the in a zip lock bag.
- Seal the bag and freeze the strawberries until you want to use them.