How to Freeze Strawberries
Freezing strawberries, it may seem like a no brainer, but there really is a method to my madness. How many times have you been stoked to make yourself a strawberry smoothie only to go the freezer and find one big clump of freezer burned strawberries frozen together in an impenetrable fruity brick? Never? Well it happens to me all the time and I'm sick of it (leave a comment letting me know I'm not the only one).
The best way to prevent this from happening and to have delicious, frozen strawberries to use all year round is to follow these steps:
First, wash and pat dry all of your berries, especially if they are not organic. You want to make sure you get as much of the water off of them as you can before freezing. This will prevent clumping and freezer burn. Next, cut all of the tops off and set aside (these are great for many uses, such as making vinegar). Line the strawberries up, top down on a cookie sheet. Fit as many as you can on the tray without crowding them, you don't want them freezing to each other. Make sure your cookie sheet will fit in your freezer before you do this; I got through this whole process only to realize that mine didn't.
Angel had other ideas when I was trying to take photos for this post.
Once you have your berries all washed and organized, set them in the freezer for a couple of hours until they are frozen. I usually just do mine overnight so I don't have to worry about it. Once frozen, they should come easily off the tray and you can put them in a ziplock bag. Be sure to suck all the air out of the bag before closing it and putting it back in the freezer!
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