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Learn how to freeze fresh strawberries! When you use this easy method, you can enjoy frozen strawberries all year round in your smoothies, drinks, desserts, and more!
One of the first signs of spring in Virginia is the open strawberry patch! Every year since we’ve lived here, I’ve picked a sunny morning to pack up the kids and drive over to our favorite spot, where we’ll pick a few buckets full of strawberries.
It’s a really special springtime tradition that I look forward to! But the best part comes when we get home — we get to start digging in!
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With so many strawberries on hand, I always make strawberry guacamole, strawberry mocktails, fruit popsicles, and smoothies. We eat a whole lot of strawberries plain too, standing over the sink, juice dripping down our chins.
Somehow, despite our best efforts, we still always have some leftover! So what’s a girl to do? Freeze the strawberries to enjoy later!
Today I’m going to show you how I do it. It won’t take a ton of your time, it won’t drive you crazy, but it will allow you to have wonderful strawberries all year round!
How to Freeze Strawberries
- Wash the strawberries.
I like to submerge berries in a large pot of cold water with a splash of white vinegar. Allow them to sit in the liquid for about 5 minutes. Gently pour off the water and rinse well. Pat them dry with a paper towel.
Note: Once the strawberries are washed, they won’t keep for very long. You’ll need to eat or freeze them within a day.
- Hull and slice the strawberries.
Hulling is just a fancy way to say “cut off the stem.” Use a paring knife or strawberry huller (or even a straw!) to remove the leaves and stem. You can freeze whole strawberries, or slice them in half. Your choice!
- Lay the berries on a parchment lined baking sheet in a single layer & set in the freezer for 2 hours.
Let’s be real here – It’s okay if the strawberries are touching a little. They’ll stick together a tiny bit, but that’s a small price to pay for the time you’ll save by not painstakingly laying out single pieces of berry.
In any case, this is an important step! If you skip it and go straight to freezing in a bag or container, the strawberries will freeze stuck together in a big clump. That will make it hard to take out the amount of berries you want when you’re ready to eat them.
- Transfer to air tight bags or containers and store in the freezer. Remove the berries from the paper and add to freezer bags of any size or any air tight container. Squeeze out as much air as possible and return to the freezer.
Frozen Strawberry FAQ
To freeze strawberries for smoothies:
If you mostly use strawberries for smoothies and other blended recipes, you’ll want to dice the strawberries before freezing. I have a super strong, high speed blender that can totally handle whole frozen strawberries, but most blenders cannot.
Nobody likes a chunky smoothie, so this will ensure your smoothies are actually smooth!
How long can you freeze strawberries?
If you’re wondering how long frozen strawberries last, you’re not alone! For best taste, use the berries within a year.
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How to Freeze Strawberries
- baking sheet
- parchment paper
- plastic bags or air tight containers
Wash & Prep the Strawberries
- Submerge the berries in a large pot of cold water with a splash of white vinegar. Allow them to sit in the liquid for about 5 minutes. Gently pour off the water and rinse well. Pat them dry with a paper towel. Remove the stem and slice each berry in half.
Par-Freeze the Strawberries
- Lay the strawberries on a parchment-lined baking sheet in a single layer. Set it in the freezer for 2 hours.
Transfer and Store in Freezer
- Remove the berries from the parchment paper and add to freezer bags of any size or any air tight container. Squeeze out as much air as possible if using bags, and return to the freezer.