How to Freeze Strawberries
If you have ever wanted to enjoy the delicious taste of early summer well after the season has ended, try freezing some ripe strawberries. You can freeze strawberries whole on trays or in freezer-safe plastic containers, or you can freeze sliced strawberries sprinkled with sugar or simple syrup to help preserve them longer. While there are many methods, some enable you to keep the strawberries longer than others, so you should consider your needs carefully before proceeding.
Strawberries (amount of choice) - not too hard, not too soft - avoid freezing any that display discoloration, blemishes, or moldy spots
Water, or syrup, or fine sugar, or lemonade (dependent on method chosen, amounts stated below)
Vanilla Ice Cream (Optional)
Understand the process of freezing strawberries before choosing a method.Whichever method you choose, be aware that freezing doesn't sterilize strawberries; it preserves them. As such, be sure to only use the best quality strawberries and to ensure that they're well washed and dried first. Moreover, don't expect miracles from frozen strawberries. Upon thawing, they will be softer, sometimes quite mushy, and they will have darkened in color. They will also have a different taste texture from fresh strawberries. Just be aware of this and be prepared to use them in ways befitting their condition upon thawing.
Make sure the strawberries are mostly dry before freezing them, or the water will freeze on them and make them hard and unpleasant to eat.
If you will be storing the frozen berries for a long time, make sure to remove as much air as possible from the plastic bags and seal them thoroughly.This will help to prevent freezer burn and keep the berries fresh.
- You may wish to cut the strawberries into smaller, bite-sized pieces. This can be done before freezing to lessen the freezing time needed, or after they come out of the freezer.
Freezing Strawberries Whole
Wash and hull the strawberries, leaving them intact.If you like, cut the green leaves off, along with a little of the top, leaving enough so that they can stand on the top as a base.
There are two ways to freeze strawberries whole:
- Pack into plastic containers or into plastic bags. They may, however, become stuck together.
- Freeze whole on flat trays. This will prevent them from sticking together.
- Line a cookie sheet with waxed paper or paper towels. Stand the strawberries on their bases on the cookie tray, making sure that they don't touch.
- Put the strawberries in the freezer.
- Wait until they are frozen, then remove from the cookie tray and place in strong sealable plastic food bags to store.
Use the strawberries within two months.
Dry Sugar Pack Method
Halve or slice the strawberries into a bowl.
Sprinkle 1/2 a cup of sugar over each quart (946g) of strawberries.
Stir gently to allow the sugar to dissolve.It is important to take care not to bruise the strawberries.
Pack into a freezer container.Seal the container tightly and freeze.
Light Syrup Method
Boil together 1 part sugar to 4 parts water to make the syrup.
Place the washed, hulled and drained strawberries into a plastic container and pour the syrup over the strawberries.
Using this method, the strawberries can be frozen for up to 6 months.
Freezing Sugared Strawberries
Wash, hull and drain the strawberries.
Sprinkle with fine sugar (for example, caster/superfine sugar) and pack them into plastic containers or bags.
Using this method, the strawberries can be frozen for up to 6 months.
Wash and hull the strawberries.
Purée using a blender or mashing device.
Pour the purée into plastic containers or individual squares.
Using this method, the purée can be frozen for up to 6 months.
Ice Cube Method
Wash and hull each strawberry.If you choose this method, make sure to select strawberries that fit the tray squares easily. Ideal for adding to drinks on hot days.
Place a strawberry in each square of an ice cube tray and fill with water.
- An alternative method for the ice cubes is to use commercial lemonade in place of water and give as sweet treats to children at a party. Do not use this method as a regular treat, however, as the lemonade is not healthy for growing teeth. If you want a healthier ice cream version, use puréed strawberries and bananas and freeze in an ice lolly/icy pole mold.
Using this method, the strawberries can be frozen for up to 2 months.
Dry Ice Method
Wash and hull each strawberry.
Crush a block of dry ice.
Mix berries with dry ice in a metal bowl.
Place in cooler with lid open a bare crack to allow pressure to escape.Leave for 20 minutes. You may want to put a folded towel under the bowl to protect your cooler. Dry ice can turn the plastic extremely fragile, or crack it, ruining the cooler.
Place frozen berries in dated zipper bag and store in your freezer.
Using this method, strawberries can be frozen for up to 6 months, and will not break down into mush when they thaw.(Commercially, this is called Individually Quick Frozen.)
QuestionDo I have to put sugar on strawberries in order to freeze them properly?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerNo, strawberries are fine frozen as they are.Thanks!
QuestionI cut my strawberries up and put sugar on them then mashed them up to make them juicy and refrigerated them overnight. Can I freeze them this way?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYes. They are great as a topping for ice cream or for adding to smoothies.Thanks!
QuestionWill thawed out frozen strawberries be fine for making jam?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerThey will be great for making jam. Add some sugar and ascorbic acid to them prior to freezing.Thanks!
QuestionCan I vacuum-seal strawberries after cleaning them, and freeze them whole?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerPut the berries on a tray or in a bowl and freeze them before vacuum-sealing to prevent them being squashed. This simple procedure can be done when vacuum-sealing just about anything, from fruits and vegetables to meat.Thanks!
QuestionCan I puree the strawberries, mix with yogurt and then freeze this? If so, how long will it freeze for?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerI do this all the time with various fruits and yogurt, to use for smoothies. You always want to use your freshly-frozen fruits as soon as you are able to in order to get the best flavor and color. It also depends upon the type of freezer you have. Frost-free freezers tend to pull fluid from frozen ingredients, which definitely affects their flavors. You can check with the company that made your freezer for specifics on that. You may have to do some experimenting with your freezer in regard to the length of time frozen fruit tastes best. I would eat them within a couple of months.Thanks!
QuestionWhich temperature is suitable for strawberry jam in a freezer?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerAlways make sure your freezer's temperature fluctuates between 2 C - 10C. This will ensure the fruits' freshness and taste.Thanks!
QuestionHow many years can I keep strawberries in the freezer?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYou cannot keep the strawberries for years. The longest the strawberries can go is 6 months.Thanks!
QuestionHow long does it take to freeze strawberries?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerA few hours to overnight, depending on your freezer.Thanks!
QuestionCan I put cut up strawberries in a zip lock bag and freeze them without lemon juice or sugar.? Or will that turn them dark?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerIt is best to put them in your freezer in a bowl and check on them every once in a while. When crispy white flakes of ice are seen on the strawberries, let them unfreeze a little, and they are ready to eat!Thanks!
QuestionHow do I freeze strawberries for a snack on a long flight?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerRemove the stems, halve or slice them if you like, then freeze in a single layer on a baking sheet until solid. Store in an airtight container or ziptop freezer bag. You could also bring fresh strawberries on a plane as long as your flight isn't international.Thanks!
Can you put strawberries in the freezer unwashed and stems on and wash when you use them
To freeze strawberries, start by cutting off the leaves at the tops. Then, just put the strawberries in a plastic freezer bag or container and store them in the freezer for up to 2 months. If you don't want the strawberries to get stuck together when they freeze, stand them up on a lined baking sheet so they're not touching and freeze them on the sheet. To store the strawberries for longer, make a simple syrup by boiling 4 parts water and 1 part sugar. Then, pour the syrup over the strawberries before you freeze them, which will help them last 6 months.
- Be sure to label and date the strawberries so that you only keep them as long as the storage times outlined above.
- Frozen strawberries make a great addition to smoothies.
- When thawed, strawberries are often very mushy. These strawberries can be used for making jam and as an addition to fruit salads or dessert sauces. They can also be used for making cakes, cheesecakes, sorbets and ice cream. When cooking with them, you may not even need to thaw them (follow the recipe's instructions).
- You can serve frozen strawberries straight out of the freezer or partially thawed. Partially thawed makes them into a delicious ice treat for dessert on a hot day.
- Although unorthodox, using a liquid nitrogen bath will also produce very frozen strawberries. Make sure to allow strawberries to return to freezer-cold frozen before consuming, −196 °C (−321 °F) is too cold to eat!
- Strawberries bruise easily; always wash gently either by placing the strawberries in a colander and dipping in water gently or using asoftfaucet/tap spray.
- Using vinegar and water to wash fruits and vegetables before storing may increase the length of time they stay fresh in your refrigerator.
- You can also use a vinegar and water mix for washing your strawberries. This will aid in killing off bacteria. Place the berries in a colander. Using a ratio of one tablespoon of vinegar per each quart of water, place the vinegar and water in a clean sink or a clean bowl. Dip the colander into the vinegar/water mix. Gently move the berries around so that all areas of each berry come in contact with the vinegar/water mix. Lift the colander out of the vinegar and water, and rinse berries off with plain water. Towel dry berries before freezing or refrigerating to help prevent them from getting mushy.
- Plain, white vinegar and apple cider vinegar are both commonly used for washing fruits and vegetables.
Things You'll Need
Plastic containers or bags
Soft spray of water or colander to clean strawberries
Ice cube tray
Waxed paper or paper towels
Sources and Citations
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