how to freeze strawberries

How to Freeze Strawberries

Easy step-by-step guide showing you how to freeze strawberries. Enjoy the fresh summer taste of strawberries all year round!

how to freeze strawberries

It’s finally strawberry season in Michigan! The flavor of a fresh, organic, sun-ripened strawberry, fresh from the field, can’t be beat!

Follow this step by step guide to learn how I preserve my fresh organic local strawberries so I can enjoy them all year long in smoothies, oatmeal, and more!

Where can I find local, organic, strawberries?

Check out your local u-pick farm or farmers market to get your local strawberries while they are in season.

See my blog post “How to find local food and goods” for more advice on finding local food.

Another great option is to grow your own strawberries! They are pretty easy to grow, and come back each year.

I had the pleasure of visiting Slow Farm’s organic strawberry u-pick on the first day of summer with my best friend Amanda from Nature UP Design!

You can see some of Amanda’s famous wire flowers on her hat and on the table in some of the photos below, check out her eclectic art on Instagram!

And if you are in the Ann Arbor area I highly recommend Slow Farm!

What to do with strawberries?

So now I need to decide what to do with all of my amazing strawberries. Obviously I am eating as many of them fresh as I can, but I want to make sure I preserve the rest before they go bad.

Freezing the strawberries is one of the easiest ways to preserve them. Especially during busy harvest season, it can buy you time and keep them fresh until you can use them later.

You can always thaw them out in the future to make jam or jelly, fruit leather, or other delicious treats.

Supplies Needed to Freeze Strawberries

  1. Cookie Trays that fit in your freezer.
  2. A flat place in your freezer to set the trays while they freeze.
  3. Ziplock storage bags or glass jars with lids to store long-term in freezer.
  4. Marker and Label.
  5. Bowl, filtered water, and area on counter lined with towels to dry strawberries.
  6. Knife to cut off strawberry tops.

How to Freeze Strawberries

1. Wash Strawberries.

I like to put the strawberries in a large bowl and pour filtered water over until covered.

Then gently move the strawberries around with your hand to release any dirt or bugs.

Carefully remove strawberries from the bowl with your hand and lay them out on the towels on the counter to dry.

2. Remove the green strawberry tops.

Next, cut off the green tops of the strawberries.

3. Freeze Strawberries on Tray for a few hours.

Line each tray with a sheet of parchment paper.

Lay the strawberries out on the trays in a single layer, making sure they aren’t touching each other.

Now put the trays in the freezer.

You can stack them on top of each other if you put another piece of parchment paper in between each tray.

Freeze the strawberries on the trays for 2-3 hours, until they are frozen solid.

4. Store frozen strawberries in airtight bag or jar.

Now that the strawberries are frozen solid in individual pieces, we can add them all to a jar or a bag and they won’t stick together in one big clump.

Date and label your bag or jar.

Place it back in the freezer.

5. Enjoy delicious strawberries all year!

When you are ready to eat some strawberries, just remove the amount you need from your bag or jar as you need them.

You can use them frozen, or thaw them first.

They are great for smoothies, oatmeal, pancakes, desserts and more!

Here are a few ways I’ve been eating the strawberries this week, sourdough pancakes with fresh strawberries on top and oatmeal cooked with strawberries and then topped with fresh strawberries and milk.

Thanks for reading! Happy Summer! Here is a pic of the summer solstice sunset at Belle Isle in Detroit for you to enjoy!!

Tell me your favorite strawberry recipes below in the comments!

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