Learn how to freeze strawberries the right way so they’ll last up to 12 months…
I’m back today with a post dedicated to learning how to freeze fresh strawberries.
If you’ve been around here a while, you’ve probably seen my posts on our Lettuce Grow Farmstand.
If not, here’s one of my recent posts (I also have a bunch of YouTube videos dedicated to indoor growing with our hydroponic gardening system).
One of my favorite seedlings to grow in our Farmstand is strawberries…
*This post contains affiliate links, however, all opinions are my own, as always.
How To Freeze Strawberries
First, you’ll need to gather your strawberries and clean them.
You can simply wash them with water. I use my ozone spray bottle (I’ll link it for you, but you can save an extra 10% off with my code: SLAYATHOMEMOTHER) to remove bacteria.
After rinsing, hull your strawberries.
I’m using a strawberry huller in this post (it looks like a retractable CLAW so my boys really love it), but you can also use a simple paring knife or another tool.
You really just want the green part and very top out of the strawberry.
I like to push out the claw of our strawberry huller, stab the strawberry while enclosing the green stem part, and let go to it grabs hold of the section I want to remove.
Then, I twist the huller in a circle to hull the strawberry.
Once your strawberries are hulled, you may need to rinse them off again really quick in case you have any random greenery that is stuck to them from the hulling process.
Allow them to dry for about 15-20 minutes, then line them tip-up on a pan with parchment paper.
Ensure that the strawberries are not touching each other.
Place in the freezer on a flat spot (I placed mine right on top of our row of frozen veggie bags!) and leave for at least 2 hours.
I left my strawberries for about 4 hours because I forgot about them, but that’s perfectly fine, too. You just want them to harden up while they are separated for easier freezing and defrosting.
After about 2 hours, remove them from the freezer and prepare to put them in either a foodsaver bag or freezer bag.
I just picked up a foodsaver from Walmart (it was $80 off!!) so I’ll be using that in this post, but if you have regular freezer bags, try using the water displacement method.
It works great at pushing the excess air out of the bag, helping the berries last longer in the freezer!
Also, just a tip – try to label your foodsaver bag before you vacuum out the air – it’s more difficult to write or label the bag once the air is pulled out of it.
Now you can place your strawberries in the freezer for up to 12 months!
When you’re ready to defrost, simply take the berries out of the freezer and set in a bowl of cold water.
I’m excited to store these berries for a batch of strawberry jam I have planned in my new bread machine!
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Thanks so much for reading this post! Have you tried freezing strawberries before?