Sunday, May 5, 2013

How to Freeze Strawberries

When you make a major score on fresh strawberries (12 pounds worth) at your local grocery store, you inevitably have to freeze some to avoid any going to waste.  Do you know how to freeze strawberries? Well let me show you!  It's super easy and doesn't take much time at all.  

You will need:
An 8x8 dish 
Wax or parchment paper
Ziploc freezer baggies

1. Start by washing your berries.  Cut the tops off (set tops aside in a bowl) and slice your berries into quarters (or halves if they're small).  

2. Line your dish with wax paper.  Lay the berries in a flat layer across the paper.  You don not want them smooshed together or they will freeze together.  When you fill a layer, add another sheet of wax, and repeat with more berries.

Now, check out my leftover top pieces above.  Do yours look like mine?  There's still strawberry on them!  Those little pieces are perfect for adding to a bowl of oatmeal!  So....

3. Chop off all the extra little bits of strawberry from the stem.  Look how much I got from one top piece!  

4.  Create a separate layer for these small pieces.  Again, spread them out over the paper.

5.  Place the dish in the freezer and allow the berries to freeze.  

6.  Remove berries from dish, and place into labeled freezer baggies.

We use our chopped berries in smoothies, and our small bits in bowls of oatmeal (which we have almost every morning!) or yogurt.


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