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Freezing Strawberries

Freezing Strawberries
Freezing strawberries is a perfect way to store them for usage later. This is a guide about freezing strawberries.
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July 22, 20060 found this helpful

Selecting High-Quality Fruit Strawberries:

Select fully ripe, firm berries with a deep red color. They should be plump and moist in appearance. Avoid dry, shriveled berries with brown caps, or soft-bodied berries that are bruised or leaking juices. Keep in mind that very large containers may contain berries that are being crushed by their own weight. Steer clear of sticky containers and berries showing signs of mold.
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Preparing for Freezing:

Discard immature and defective berries. Wash strawberries and remove caps (hull). Drain and pat dry.

Best Freezing Methods(s):

Whole Berries Sweetened Dry Pack

Add 3/4 cup sugar to 1 quart (1 1/3 pounds) strawberries and mix thoroughly. Stir until most of the sugar is dissolved or let stand for 15 minutes. Pack strawberries into suitable containers leaving 1/2 inch headspace. Seal, label and freeze.

Whole Berries Syrup Pack

Put strawberries into suitable containers and cover with cold, heavy syrup (4 cups water to 4 3/4 cups sugar), leaving 1/2 inch of headspace. Seal, label and freeze.

Sliced or Crushed

Prepare for packing as for whole strawberries; then slice or crush partially or completely. Add 3/4 cup of sugar to 1 quart (1 1/3 pounds) strawberries and mix thoroughly. Stir until most of the sugar is dissolved or let stand for 15 minutes. Pack strawberries into suitable containers, leaving 1/2 inch headspace. Seal, label and freeze.

Unsweetened Dry Pack

Remove caps, wash and drain strawberries. Place in a single layer on a baking sheet and place in the freezer to tray-freeze. When frozen, transfer to suitable containers, leaving 1/2 inch headspace. Seal, label and freeze.

Suitable Packaging:

Freezer containers should be moisture and vapor resistant and should not be prone to cracking or breaking at low temperatures. Containers should provide protection against absorbing flavors or odors and should be easy to label. Suitable packaging for freezing strawberries includes freezer-grade plastic bags, rigid plastic containers, glass containers and heavy-duty foil containers.

Maximum Storage Time:

12 months at 0ºF.

Thawing:

Defrost frozen strawberries in the microwave (see manufacturer's recommendations) or let thaw in refrigerator.
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Tips & Shortcuts:

Strawberries packed with sugar will retain their texture better than berries frozen unsweetened. Serve tray-frozen strawberries when they are semi-thawed to retain shape.

Refrigerating Strawberries:

Unwashed strawberries can be stored in the refrigerator for 3 to 5 days. Leave their caps intact and keep them in perforated plastic containers or cover them in plastic wrap.
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January 2, 2012

Every summer we pick u-pick berries at a local farm. Along with making jam and syrup, I mash up some of the berries and freeze them in ice cube trays. The berry cubes are the perfect size to toss in with some plain yogurt (it defrosts in time for lunch), or my favorite, putting in with the water for my oatmeal. Frozen berries, cinnamon, and a little brown sugar makes oatmeal taste just like a nice fresh fruit crisp - yum! It's especially tasty in the winter.
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This year I also made up and froze a little extra homemade apple pie filling when I made my pies. A cube of apple pie filling in your oatmeal tastes far superior to the dehydrated instant stuff.

By Stephanie from Hillsboro, OR

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July 12, 20060 found this helpful

How do I go about freezing strawberries?

Jeannie from Stuarts Draft, VA

Freezer Bags

When I freeze strawberries, I just pick, wash, remove stems and slice them. I fill zip lock freezer bags with enough for a meal, express as much air from the bag as possible and pop them into the freezer. If you like them sweetened, add sugar when you thaw them.

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By Harlean from Arkansas

By moderator

Zip-loc Bags

I do this all the time. Rinse, remove stems, freeze in single layer on a cookie sheet or sheet pan. Once frozen, pour into zip-loc bag. You can then remove as many as you need each time. (07/04/2006)

By Linda.

Foil Lined Cookie Sheet

I would recommend cleaning off the stem and freezing them whole. I usually put them on a foil lined cookie sheet and freeze them individally. Then store in a freezer Ziplock bag. This way they don't freeze in a big glob. Use them frozen. Also i like to freeze Blueberrys on a cookie sheet to. Then they are loose when you store them in your ziplock freezer bags. Strawberries tend to get mushy but sure are good in the dead of winter. Good luck (07/11/2006)

By Connie From Ballwin

Cookie Sheet

I also freeze strawberries all the time. After I clean them, I slice them and lay them out on a cookie sheet sprayed with a little non-stick spray so that they freeze individually. Once they are frozen hard I put them all together in a gallon ziploc. Because they are flash frozen individually they don't stick together and I can just pull out a handful or however many as I need at a time. (07/12/2006)

By mef1957

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