3 Ways to Freeze Strawberries

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3 Ways to Freeze Strawberries
3 Ways to Freeze Strawberries
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You can keep strawberries much longer than usual when they're frozen. There are several methods to achieve this end: freezing the whole fruit, cutting them into smaller pieces, using a baking sheet or even adding sugar or syrup to prepare drinks, jellies and the like later.

Steps

Method 1 of 3: Freezing Strawberries Normally

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Step 1. Wash strawberries under cold running water

Before peeling and cutting the strawberries, place them in a colander and rinse them under the sink faucet to remove pesticide residues, chemicals and impurities. Water cannot accumulate and fruits cannot be submerged, or they will lose their flavor.

  • If you are using 100% organic strawberries, also wash them organically so as not to compromise their quality.
  • After washing the strawberries, let them dry in a strainer or pass a sheet of paper towels over all of them.

Step 2. Remove the stalks from the strawberries

Use a small knife to make a circle around the stem and leaf of each strawberry. Slightly turn the blade inward to make a tapered cut, then pull that part of the fruit with your finger.

  • You can also run a metal straw through the strawberries from top to bottom to remove the stem.
  • Repeat the process with all the fruits until finished.

Step 3. Cut strawberries into two or four pieces before freezing (optional)

If you plan to use frozen strawberries in any recipe that includes pieces of fruit (or if you prefer to cut them all before freezing), use a sharp knife.

Skip this step if you prefer to freeze whole strawberries

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Step 4. Distribute the strawberries on a baking sheet

After washing, removing the stalks and cutting the strawberries (or leaving the fruits whole), distribute them in a large baking dish. If possible, put them all well apart so that no one can get in touch with another. Strawberries are difficult to separate once they are frozen.

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Step 5. Place the baking sheet in the freezer for one to four hours

Try to leave the baking sheet flat in the freezer so the strawberries don't slip and stick together. Wait one to four hours or until all the fruits are firm.

Squeeze one of the strawberries a little hard and see if it gets crushed. If it doesn't, it's because the fruit has frozen

Step 6. Transfer the frozen strawberries to airtight plastic bags

Remove the baking sheet with the strawberries from the freezer and transfer them to airtight plastic bags so they don't melt. Close them and put everything back in the freezer.

Write the date on the bags to see how long the strawberries will be good

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Step 7. Store frozen strawberries in the freezer for up to six months

Before using frozen strawberries, read the date you wrote down. Fruits can stay in the freezer for up to six months.

Use frozen strawberries for up to six months to make a smoothie or ice cream syrup

Method 2 of 3: Preserving Frozen Strawberries with Sugar

Step 1. Wash strawberries in cold water

Before peeling the strawberries, place them in a colander and rinse them under the sink faucet to remove pesticide residues, chemicals and impurities. Water cannot accumulate and fruits cannot be submerged, or they will lose their flavor.

If you are using 100% organic strawberries, also wash them organically so as not to compromise their quality

Step 2. Use a knife to cut the stalks from the strawberries

To do this, make a circular cut around the stem and leaf of each strawberry. Tape the tip of the knife and when done, pull everything out with your finger. You can also run a metal straw over the fruit from top to bottom to extract everything at once.

Repeat the process with the knife or straw until finished

Step 3. Chop or mash strawberries in a bowl

After washing and removing the stalks from the strawberries, use a sharp knife to cut them into two or four pieces or thinly slices. If you want the fruit to have a pasty consistency, place it in a bowl and use a wooden spoon or juicer to mash it up.

  • You can also leave the strawberries whole, but they won't absorb as much sugar.
  • Crush the strawberries if you plan to freeze them for later use as an ice cream sauce or a cake topping.

Step 4. Sprinkle granulated sugar on strawberries

Use a bowl to transfer the strawberries to a large bowl - always counting the amount. Then sprinkle ½ cup (120 ml) of granulated sugar for every 4 cups (950 ml) of fruit. If you like, adjust this volume up or down.

Using white sugar is most normal, but you can try brown sugar or some other substitute

Step 5. Mix for a minute or two until most of the sugar is gone

Use a large spoon to stir the strawberries and sugar for a minute or two. During this period, the strawberries will start to absorb the sugar, which will "disappear".

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Step 6. Transfer the sugared strawberries to airtight plastic bags

After covering the strawberries with sugar, transfer them to large airtight bags. If necessary, use a spoon to make this transfer. Then close all bags and place in freezer.

  • The sugar layer prevents the strawberries from getting too frozen and stuck together. That way, you won't have to freeze all the separate fruits first.
  • Write the date on the bags to see how long the strawberries will be good.
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Step 7. Store frozen strawberries in the freezer for up to six months

Before using frozen strawberries, read the date you wrote down. Fruits can stay in the freezer for up to six months.

You can use strawberries for up to six months to bake a cake. Unlike the syrup method, sugar-coated strawberries have less liquid and do not leave the cake watery or soft

Method 3 of 3: Preserving strawberries in syrup

Step 1. Make a simple syrup with water and sugar.

For this you just have to mix water and white sugar in a casserole dish. When the water starts to boil, reduce the flame and wait three to five minutes while the sugar dissolves (do not stop stirring occasionally). Then turn off the stove and let the syrup cool.

  • Use the amount of strawberries to guide you in relation to the volume of syrup needed. You will need ½ cup (120 ml) of syrup for every 2 cups (470 ml) of strawberries. Make the necessary adjustments to the measurements.
  • You can store the syrup in the freezer for several weeks.
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Step 2. Leave the simple syrup in the freezer for four hours

After the syrup has cooled to room temperature, transfer it to a preserve jar or bottle and store in the freezer for about four hours (or until it cools down well).

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Step 3. Wash the strawberries under cold running water

While the syrup cools in the freezer, wash the strawberries with a strainer and cold tap water. Water cannot accumulate and fruits cannot be soaked, or they will lose their flavor.

If you are using 100% organic strawberries, also wash them organically so as not to compromise their quality

Step 4. Use a knife to cut the stalks from the strawberries

To do this, make a circular cut around the stem and leaf of each strawberry. Tape the tip of the knife and when done, pull everything out with your finger. You can also run a metal straw over the fruit from top to bottom to extract everything at once.

Repeat the process with the knife or straw until finished

Step 5. Chop or mash the strawberries (optional)

After washing and removing the stalks from the strawberries, use a sharp knife to cut them into two or four pieces or thinly slices. If you want the fruit to have a pasty consistency, place it in a bowl and use a wooden spoon or juicer to mash it up.

  • Skip this step if you prefer to freeze whole strawberries.
  • You can also mash strawberries in a bowl if you plan to use them to make a drink.

Step 6. Place the strawberries in a bowl with a lid

After chopping or crushing (or not) the strawberries, use a bowl to transfer them to a large bowl with a lid. If you don't have such a bowl or plan to make several servings, separate the fruit into several smaller bowls.

Step 7. Pour the cold syrup over the strawberries

Take the syrup out of the freezer and use the pourer to pour ½ cup (120 ml) of it on top of 2 cups (470 ml) of fruit until done.

Add more syrup until strawberries are dipped

Step 8. Add a flavored extract to make the fruit tastier (optional)

Add 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of some flavored extract, such as orange or vanilla, to every 2 cups (470 ml) of strawberries dipped in syrup. The fruits will absorb the frozen extract and have a different and more accentuated flavor.

You can use other spices, such as cinnamon and cardamom, to add extra flavor to strawberries

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Step 9. Store strawberries in the freezer for up to six months

After placing the strawberries in the bowls and adding the extracts to taste, cover them and place in the freezer.

  • Store strawberries like this so that they retain their color and shape and absorb the sweetness of the syrup.
  • When you decide to use the strawberries with syrup, take them out of the freezer and wait four hours.

Tips

  • You can make strawberry ice cubes to use in drinks.
  • You can even leave the leaves and stems on the strawberries, but it will be difficult to get them out later. In this case, let the fruit defrost for two to four hours and use a sharp knife to remove the unnecessary part.

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