How to Freeze Strawberries
Learn the proper techniques for how to freeze strawberries. This method can be applied to a variety of fruits and vegetables.
- fresh strawberries
- strawberry huller, or pairing knife
- paper towels, or absorbent kitchen towels
- baking sheet tray
- freezer safe container, such as plastic ziptop bag or reusable silicone bags
Submerge strawberries in a large bowl of cool water. Swirl strawberries around and let sit for a few minutes. Any dirt should loosen and sink to the bottom. Then, place strawberries in a colander and rinse under cool running water.
Use a strawberry huller or a pairing knife to hull strawberries. With a pairing knife, you can simply slice off the top, or insert pairing knife at an angle into the top of the strawberry to carefully remove the stem and hull.
Spread clean hulled strawberries into a single layer on paper towels or absorbent kitchen towels. Gently blot until dry. Or simply, leave on towels until dry. At this point, you can either keep the strawberries whole or slice in halves/quarters.
Place dry strawberries on a parchment lined (or reusable silicone mat) baking sheet. Arrange in a single layer. Place in the freezer for an hour, or until solid. Once frozen, transfer strawberries to a freezer bag (such as a plastic zip top bag or a large reusable silicone bag). Remove as much air from the bag. Seal shut and place in the coldest part of your freezer.
- Frozen strawberries keep well for six months in an airtight container. However, it is best if used within three months.
- Pick out any strawberries that are too soft or beyond their prime.