How to Freeze Strawberries
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How to Freeze Strawberries

There is nothing more rewarding than having your own strawberry patch in your garden but sometimes you will have a flush of berries all at once. Don’t throw them out when you can freeze them. This guide shows how to freeze strawberries easily at home keeping you in berries for the months to come.

There are two methods which are both successful. It will depend on how you want to use the berries once they are thawed. The first method is the healthiest and easiest by freezing the berries whole.

The second method uses sugar which will increase the freezer life of the berries and is a great method if you are planning on using the berries in pies, tarts or just with ice-cream.

Whichever method you use remember the strawberries will be softer once they are thawed than fresh.

Freezing Whole Strawberries

This method of freezing prevents the strawberries from sticking together.

Time needed: 3 hours and 15 minutes.

How to Freeze Strawberries Whole

  1. Wash the Strawberries

    First wash the strawberries then pat dry with a clean tea towel or paper towel.

  2. Prepare the Tray

    Cut off the green top then place on a tray lined with baking paper leaving room between each one so they don’t stick together.

    How to Freeze Whole Strawberries

  3. Freeze

    Place uncovered in the freezer and leave for at least 3 hours to freeze.

  4. Store

    Place the frozen strawberries into a thick freezer bag or use two thin bags as this will help prevent freezer burn.
    Push out any excess air and secure the top. Place back into the freezer until ready to use.

    Storing frozen strawberries in a freezer bag.

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Freezing Strawberries with Sugar

If you are planning on using the berries for a pie or tart, measure out the amount you will need and freeze in one bag so all you’ll have to do is thaw and use without having to worry about how many bags you will need to thaw out later.

First wash the strawberries then slice into a bowl.

Add two teaspoons of sugar for every cup of strawberries then stir and let stand for a few minutes until you can see the sugar has dissolved. The strawberries will be sitting in their own sweet juices which will help protect them when frozen.

Put the strawberries and juice into a thick freezer bag (paid link) then press out any air and secure. When you secure the bag make sure you leave room for the liquid to expand when frozen.

Place bag directly in the freezer and leave until ready to use.

How Do You Thaw Frozen Strawberries?

To thaw, place the strawberries in the fridge overnight or if you need them quickly, place the strawberries in a microwave save bowl then microwave for 20 seconds, check to see how they are and stir then microwave for a further 20 seconds until they have thawed enough.

To save or print this guide on how to freeze strawberries, here is the PDF Version.

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