Canning Strawberries for the first time and need your advice
This is my first time canning and I am as lost as a goose. I have some fresh strawberries that someone gave to me and I would either like to freeze them or can them.
Don't really know what will be the easiest. I have looked up so many ways and they just confuse me, one said one part sugar and six part strawberries.'WHAT!'
I have no idea what they're speaking about.please help! PLEASE
Hi Mary, Strawberries can be either frozen or canned.
Here are some brief directions. I'll put strawberries on my list of pages to build.
Freezing strawberries is probably the easiest and quickest if you have freezer space.
Edited to add - I built a page on this with pictures and step by step instructions.
Here you go! how to freeze strawberries
Sugar pack - Wash your strawberries and remove the greens. Here is where the 6 parts strawberries to 1 part sugar comes in. All that means is if you have 6 cupsof strawberries you'd add 1 cup of sugar. You want 6 times more strawberries than sugar. If you have 3 cups of
strawberries you'd add 1/2 cup sugar.
Or you can just skip the sugar and dry pack the strawberries. Simply wash and stem the strawberries place them in freezer bags, seal label and add to the freezer. Easy!
Canning Strawberries I don't have a page built on canning strawberries yet but here are some brief directions.
You'll need to wash your strawberries and take off the greens. Measure how much you have and place strawberries in a large pot. For each quart (1 quart = 4 cups) of strawberries add 1/2 to 3/4 cups sugar. Stir to coat strawberries with the
sugar. Let them sit for 5 or 6 hours in a cool place. This will start the juices flowing from the strawberries.
Then heat and cook until sugar dissolves and strawberries are heated through. Pack the strawberries and syrup into hot jars leaving 1/2 inch headspace. Process pints in a water bath
canner for 10 minutes quarts for 15 minutes. Check my waterbath
canning page for step by step instructions on how to process the jars.
I hope this helps you decide what to do.