When you freeze strawberries right, you can easily maintain the quality and preserve most of their flavour and nutritional value. Keep in mind that after thawing them, the berries will be a darker shade, and the texture will be softer so we don't recommend you stuff them. Strawberries can be frozen whole, sliced or crushed, and with or without sugar.
How to freeze:
- Choose berries that are dark red, firm and fully ripe. Wash and drain the fruit carefully, then remove the stems and caps. Dry berries on towels in a single layer.
- For whole, unsweetened berries, first freeze in a single layer on a baking sheer. Doing so will keep them from getting stuck together later on. Once they're solid, place in freezer containers or bags. Try to remove as much air as possible by completely filling containers or pressing extra air out of bags before sealing to avoid freezer burn.
- For sweetened strawberries, halve or slice strawberries into a bowl. For each quart of berries, add 1/2 cup sugar and gently stir until sugar is resolved. Lightly crush berries if desired. Spoon into a freezer container, seal tightly and freeze.
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