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
Strawberry is one of the most versatile fruits and I really miss it when it’s not in season. Well, not anymore.
I have figured out a few ways to preserve this fruit to use in any season. I make Strawberry Coulis or Strawberry Sauce, freeze them in small containers and keep using them throughout the year. My Instant Pot Strawberry Jam and Stove Top Strawberry Jam are also great recipes to preserve the strawberries.
But the best way to keep enjoying strawberries all year round is to freeze the fruit itself. In today’s post, I am sharing how to freeze strawberries in the freezer for up to a year.
In summers when the strawberry season is at its peak and you get the best and cheapest strawberries in the market, I always get a big batch and freeze them.
The process of freezing the strawberries is very easy and you can freeze them in multiple ways too. You can freeze them whole, sliced, finely chopped, or crushed. You can also freeze them with or without sugar.
You just need one ingredient for this – Strawberries.
Just make sure to buy fully ripe, firm and sweet strawberries to freeze. Opt for the strawberries that are bright red and glossy. There should be no green or white streaks.
Do not opt for deep red strawberries, they might be overripe and will turn mushy once thawed.
The best time of the year to freeze strawberries is when they are in season that is April to late June. They are also the cheapest in this time frame.
Try to get your hands on organically grown berries. Farmer’s market is a great place to buy organically grown strawberries.
How To Freeze Strawberries
Start by washing the strawberries. It is highly recommended to wash the berries before freezing to remove any dirt in them.
Discard the berries that are soft and squishy.
Take a large bowl filled with water and soak the strawberries in it for a minute. The dirt will settle down. Do not soak the berries for longer than 1 minute otherwise they will start to lose their flavor and quality.
Gently remove the strawberries from the top of the water and spread them on an absorbent tea towel. Air dry for 40-60 minutes.
Chop off the top with the leaves from the strawberries and remove any blemishes if they have them.
Note – Some people hull the strawberries, that is remove the white part using a pairing knife, but I never do that and still get perfectly frozen strawberries.
Note – At this stage, you can also cut the strawberries into half or chop them into small pieces.
Arrange the strawberries on a baking tray in a single layer. Make sure the strawberries do not touch each other on the tray to avoid clumping.
Note – You can also line the baking sheet with a parchment paper so that the strawberries won’t stick to the sheet.
Freeze for 6-8 hours until each strawberry is frozen.
Collect the frozen strawberries and put them in a zip lock bag. Seal the bag and freeze the strawberries until you want to use them.
Tip – Use a straw to remove as much air as possible before sealing the bag to avoid the formation of ice crystals. It’s also good to label the bag with the date of freezing.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, it is very important to wash the strawberrirs before freezing to get rid of any dirt. I also recommend soaking them in a solution of water and vinegar to make sure they are free of any bacteria and mold. Just mix 3 cups of water and ½ cup vinegar in a large bowl and soak teh berries for 3-4 minutes in this solurion. then rinse with water, drain, air dry and freeze.
There is no compulsion to thaw the strawberries. If you are using them to make smoothies or milkshake, where you anyways need frozen fruits, just use them directly from the freezer. If you are using them in baked good, then you will have to thaw them to room temperature.
Thera re multiple ways by which you can thaw the strawberries.
1. Need Them Urgently – Use the defrost option of your microwave and check the berries at regular intervals until they are defrosted.
2. Need Them in 15 Minutes – Add the strawberries to a bowl and keep this bowl over a larger bowl filled with water.
3. Need Them in an Hour – Spread the frozen strawberries on a tray in a single layer and leave them on the counter for an hour.
4. Need Them in 8 Hours – Transfer the strawberries from the freezer to the fridge and let them sit for 8 hours.
The strawberries will release juice when thawed and will not be as firm when they were fresh. Freezing process expands the water in them and burst the cell structure. So when they are thawed, they are slightly mushy. But they will still be as delicious.
Wash and dry the strawberries and chop off the top leafy part. Transfer the berries to a blender and blend until smooth. Pour the puree into small freezer-safe containers and freeze for upto a year. Thaw the puree overnight in the refrigerator or for 3-4 hours over the counter and use as desired.
You can freeze these strawberries for an year in the deep freezer. The less the moisture in the bag, the better it is.
Use the frozen strawberries to make smoothies, or milkshakes like Strawberry Yogurt Smoothie, Strawberry Lassi, Strawberry Kiwi Smoothie, Strawberry Spinach Smoothie, Strawberry Milk, Strawberry Milkshake or Strawberry Blueberry Smoothie.
Use them to make Strawberry Overnight Oats or Smoothie Bowls.
You can even use it in your cocktails and mocktails like this Strawberry Margarita, 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
- 2 pounds fresh strawberries (1 kg)
- Take a large bowl filled with water and soak the strawberries in it for a minute. The dirt will settle down. Do not soak the berries for longer than 1 minute otherwise they will start to lose their flavor and quality.
- Gently remove the strawberries from the top of the water and spread them on an absorbent tea towel. Air dry for 40-60 minutes.
- Chop off the top with the leaves from the strawberries and remove any blemishes if they have them. At this stage, you can also cut the strawberries into half or chop them into small pieces.
- Arrange the strawberries on a baking tray in a single layer. Make sure the strawberries do not touch each other on the tray to avoid clumping.
- Freeze for 6-8 hours until each strawberry is frozen.
- Collect the frozen strawberries and put them in a zip lock bag. Seal the bag and freeze the strawberries until you want to use them.