Freezing Strawberries & How to Use Them

Photo Credit: Homestead Farm

Photo Credit: Homestead Farm

Strawberry season has just started here in the Washington, DC metro area. (It’s very late thanks to our long, hard winter!) That means it’s time for our annual journey to my local pick-your-own farm to stock up on strawberries for MUCH cheaper than in supermarkets.  Since they only last in my refrigerator for a few days, I freeze mine so that I can enjoy them throughout the year.  Here are my tips on how to freeze them properly and ideas for using them afterward.

The best way to freeze strawberries is as follows:

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    wash them
  2. hull them using a small, sharp knife and lay them on a towel long enough to fully dry
  3. line them up on a flat tray so they’re not touching
  4. put the tray into the freezer for at least 2 hrs
  5. collect the berries and put them into your freezing container of choice (I use Ziplocks) and freeze

This way, you avoid them sticking together and when you need them, you can just take individual strawberries out of your bag.

Now here are some great uses for frozen strawberries:

  • smoothies
  • homemade strawberry ice cream, sorbet or milkshakes
  • add them to your yogurt, preferably homemade yogurt
  • make fruit rolls/fruit leather
  • make a clafoutis, which is like a baked custard with fruit and very easy to make – many recipes on the web
  • add them to drinks: sangria, strawberry daiquiris, fruit punch
  • make homemade jam/preserves
  • make dessert sauce (coulis)
  • cheesecake topping

Have any other great recipes or ideas to share?  Leave a comment!

Strawberry Clafoutis

Strawberry Clafoutis

3 thoughts on “Freezing Strawberries & How to Use Them

    • Unfortunately they’re not organic, but Ian and Ben, father and Son who own the farm, will gladly share with you the details of which chemicals they use – they’ve explained it to me before. It’s less than some, but more than organic. If you find an organic pick-your-own farm in the area, let me know, but I fear this area is just not conducive to growing edible strawberries. Similar thing with Apples, btw.

  1. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing. But your list of uses for frozen strawberries is making me hungry…

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