One thing I realized halfway through the winter was that I did not nearly save enough berries to make it through. With local strawberries showing up in my garden and in the farmers market this seemed like a perfect time to get an early start this year.
Freezing strawberries is much like freezing other berries strawberries are just as easy with just a few simple steps:
1. Quickly wash and gently dry strawberries with a towel
2. Cut of crowns (optional but much easier to do now than when frozen)
3. Place strawberries upside-down on wax paper on cookie sheet
4. Put strawberries in freezer for 24 hours
5. Dump frozen strawberries into freezer bag and use Poor Man’s Vacuum Pack*
With these simple steps you can have plenty of strawberries for making smoothies or strawberry shortcake this summer/winter. This process can scale from many flats of berries or just a handful extra from your garden. Eat what you want fresh, freeze the rest.
- * Poor Man’s Vacuum Pack: Close ZipLoc bag with only enough space to fit in a drinking straw. Suck out air with drinking straw and quickly close the bag.