Two methods on how to freeze strawberries.
You will need:
First step of course is wash your strawberries.
Simply rinse with cold water.
Next remove the tops.
This can be done with a small knife or I like to use my strawberry corer. It slips the green stem out and takes less of the strawberry with it.
Whatever works for you.
My friend Winona (Hi Winona!) Uses a straw to hull hers. Ingenious idea. Push the straw through the bottom of the strawberry and it pushes the hull right out!
Slice the strawberries in half.
The larger fruits could be quartered and the smaller fruit can be left whole.
Sprinkle with sugar if desired.
My ball blue book suggests 1 part sugar to 6 parts strawberries. I did about half this much and it was plenty! My suggestion is to lightly sugar them. Very lightly with the sugar, we want them to taste like strawberries right?!
Gently stir to coat the strawberries evenly. Let sit until sugar dissolves. This takes five or ten minutes.
Place in freezer bags.
Be sure to remove as much air as possible, seal and label.
Another fun way to freeze strawberries is in ice cube trays. Wash your strawberries. Remove those tops and place in a blender. Add 1 tsp of lemon juice and blend until smooth.
Wash your strawberries. Remove those tops and place in a blender.
Add 1 tsp of lemon juice and blend until smooth. Pour into ice cube trays.
(do you know how hard it is to take a picture with one hand and pour strawberries into an ice cube tray with the other?)
Place in the freezer. The next day simply pop the strawberry cubes out and place in a freezer bag.
Use these as ice in drinks for a cool summer treat. Add to your fruit smoothies.
Another idea is to make healthy popsicles for your kids.
After you have filled your trays and before they have frozen, cover with plastic wrap. Poke a popsicle stick through the wrap on each cube. (I need to get a picture for this as it is so easy)
Freeze and you have a nice cool treat that is healthy too.Don't forget to label and date.