Strawberries are delicate fruits, which indicate the onset of summer season. The fresh fruit is extremely juicy and has a sweet taste. Apart from being eaten raw, it is used in a number of other preparations and dishes. However, the heat of the sun in summers is detrimental to the berries as they spoil very quickly. You can still have strawberries on hand, ready to add to smoothies, pies, cereal or yogurt, in this season. This can be done by freezing berries in the freezer, which is an easy, fun and economical way of securing their supply. This way you can savor the taste of the delicious fruit for a longer time, as per your wish. To know how to freeze strawberries, read the steps given below.
Freezing Fresh Strawberries
- Scrutinize the strawberries you have bought from the market and remove spoiled pieces, if any.
- Now, wash them thoroughly with cold water to remove all the dirt. Make sure you do not bruise the fruit in the process.
- After this, trim the green leaves on the top, along with a little part of the fruit, providing them a base to stand upon.
- You can either freeze them as a whole or chop them in desired sizes before freezing.
- Make sure the strawberries become completely dry because the water will freeze in the freezer, making them hard and difficult to consume.
- After the strawberries have dried, put them on a cookie sheet, not allowing them to touch each other.
- Place the cookie tray in the freezer along with the strawberries.
- After they are completely frozen, take them out from the freezer and put them in a plastic zipper- lock bag.
- The frozen strawberries can be used for a period of six months, when kept in freezer.
Freeze Strawberries With Sugar Syrup
- The preparations for freezing strawberries would be same as freezing them without sugar. Wash them properly, trim the green leaves, dry them, slice them or keep them whole.
- Now make the sugar syrup. Mix one-cup sugar, 1and ¼ cups of water and blend well to dissolve well.
- Now keep the strawberries in the container for freezing and pour the sugar syrup over the berries. You could add half cup to each pint container.
- Seal the container and keep them in the freezer for freezing.
Freeze Strawberries Dry With Sugar
- The preparation would be same for this method too. Wash them properly, trim the green leaves, dry them, slice them or keep them whole.
- Now place the berries in a mixing bowl. Now sprinkle fine sugar, better use fruit sugar over the strawberries, in the ratio of about 3/4 cup sugar per quarter of berries.
- Blend the strawberries and the sugar well. The sugar would get dissolved fast. Now pack the strawberries into pint containers and freeze. If you want, you could date the frozen strawberries. These strawberries could last for over a year.
Freeze Puréed Strawberries
- Wash the strawberries properly checking for any bruises. Trim the green leaves, slice them, or hull them.
- Now put them in a clean blender and make a purée.
- After you have made fine purée, pack it into plastic containers. This way, strawberries can be frozen for up to 6 months.
Freeze Strawberries In Ice Cubes
- Frozen strawberries in ice cubes form, adds a scrumptious taste to any drink especially on a summer day. Prepare the strawberries by washing the strawberries properly checking for any bruises. Trim the green leaves, slice them, or hull them.
- The size of the strawberry should be the size of your ice trays. Keep a strawberry in each square of the tray and fill it to the brim with water.
- You can use this method to freeze the strawberries for up to 2 months.