Freezing your strawberries is a nice way to enjoy the sweet taste of fresh strawberries for long immediately after their ripe duration has passed.
There are many ways you can use to freeze your fresh strawberries to use or eat after some timeYou can either freeze sliced plain or whole strawberries without clumping them using a baking sheet.
You can add simple syrup or sugar to the strawberries if you want a sweeter version of strawberry. Let’s look at how to freeze strawberries:
- Wash Your Strawberries
Before hulling and slicing the strawberries, make sure you place them inside a colander then wash them using cold running water to get rid of dirt, chemicals, and pesticides. Ensure that the water is getting out from the lower side of the colander and don’t let them soak for an extended period as this will make them become soggy making them lose their flavor.
Once done with cleaning them, pat them using a different tea towel to get rid of excess moisture. Alternatively, you can air dry them for 30 minutes.
- Hull Them
It’s essential to remove the hulls immediately you rinse them or else, you will be at a high risk of getting soggy strawberries. Therefore, use a small paring knife then cut a circle on the leafy stem on top of each strawberry. Make sure you angle your knife on the middle side of the strawberry as you cut. Then use your fingers to pull away from the leaves or position the knife beneath the leaves as you pull up to get rid of the hull.
Also, you can use a straw to properly the hull. To remove it, stick the straw on the small pointed side of the strawberry. After that, push across the strawberry to make the straw push the strawberry hull on the opposite side. Do this to all the strawberries.
- Cut the Strawberries into Small Pieces
This process is optional but when planning to use sliced frozen strawberries or if you wish the strawberries be pre-cut, make use of a sharp knife to cut them to your desired size. But if you wish to freeze them whole, skip this step.
- Now Spread Them on a Baking Sheet
Once done with cleaning, hulling, and slicing them, spread your strawberries on an extended baking sheet. Do this properly to ensure that the strawberries aren’t touching each other. Doing this keeps them away from sticking together in a single big clump.
Freezing the strawberries individually allows you to thaw them individually depending on your needs. Don’t forget to use a baking sheet that properly fits inside your freezer.
- Position the Baking Sheet in Your Freezer for 2-3 Hours
Try to position the sheet inside the freezer in a level way to prevent the strawberries from sliding on each other. Leave it inside the freezer for three hours until the strawberries are solidly-frozen.
To confirm whether the strawberries are solid frozen, press one of the strawberries gently with your finger. When it remains firm against the pressure, then freezing is done.
- Shift the Strawberries on Plastic Freezer Bags
Once the strawberries on the sheet are properly frozen, take out the sheet from the freezer. Then move them in plastic freezer bags immediately to prevent them from melting. Then seal the plastic bags then return them to the freezer to keep them for the future.
After that, record the date on the freezer bags to help you know the duration under which the strawberries will keep.
- Lastly, Store Them Safely For Up To 6 Months
Before you feast on the strawberries, have a look at the date that you recorded. After 6 months, be sure to discard them.
How to Freeze Strawberries with Syrup
- Start by making a homemade syrup. To easily make homemade syrup, mix white granulated sugar and water in a saucepan then allow the mixture to boil for a while. After that, allow the mixture to cool down for five minutes to allow the sugar to dissolve, stirring frequently with a spoon or whisk.
- Next, chill the syrup in a freezer. Immediately the syrup has cooled, pour it on a bottle or a glass jar then place it on a freezer for three hours to give the syrup some time to get chilled.
- As the syrup is cooling in your freezer, be cleaning your strawberries through placing them on a strainer. Make sure you wash them using running water but don’t soak them as you might end up losing their taste.
- Next Hull the strawberries then slice them. Take each strawberry then remove the hulls by pinching out the little green stem. Use a knife to facilitate this process. Once done that, use a knife to cut them into halves or thin slices. But if you wish to use jam-like strawberries, use a potato masher to crush them.
- Once you finish crushing the strawberries, scoop them in a large-sized freezer-safe container. But if you lack such containers, use other smaller containers.
- Now remove the chilled syrup from the freezer then pour 120 ml of the syrup to every two cups of the strawberries. Do this until the container is full and ensure the strawberries submerge completely in the syrup.
- Next, add some flavored extract to boost the taste (this is optional). However, to top up an additional flavor on the strawberries, add 1 teaspoon of the additional flavor like vanilla, or orange zest to the strawberries in the syrup. As the strawberries freeze, they will absorb the extract resulting in an interesting and unique flavor later on.
- You can also use spices if you want. Cardamom and cinnamon, for instance, taste nice on frozen strawberries with syrup.
- Finally, once all the containers are filled with the mixture and you’ve added your desired flavors, seal the tops tightly then put the syrup strawberries in your freezer for future use.
- Freezing them in sugary liquid assists the strawberries maintain their shape and color while sucking more sweetness from the syrup.