5 Easy Steps to Freeze Strawberries!

Cartons of fresh strawberries

Throw strawberries in to smoothies, pile them on top of your angel food cake, add them to your ice cream, sprinkle them on your oatmeal, cereal, salads, mash them up to make jam, fruit leather mmmmmmmm my goodness what CaN’t you do with strawberries!?! Strawberries are so delicious! Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have access to them all year long?!

I love to freeze my strawberries and I use them all the time! They are a great item to keep in your food storage in the freezer. They last about 3-6 months in the freezer and 6-12 months in a deep freeze!

We suggest stocking up on foods for your food storage when they are in their season and you can buy them for a great price! Different fruits and veggies are for sale for great prices right now. Strawberries are at their cheapest! In my opinion, if you can buy a carton of strawberries for $1.50 or less you have found a slammin’ deal! Stock up! Buy a ton! Make strawberry jam, dehydrate them, eat em fresh, or freeze them!

To freeze strawberries you need:
Strawberries (of course)
Quart size freezer zip lock baggies. (You could use gallon size too. I use quart size because I don’t like to have to thaw out more than I need at once.)
Sugar
Lemon juice
Knife
Large bowl
Measuring cups
Large spoon

*Notice: I use sugar in this recipe. You don’t have to use sugar, I do because it tastes FaNtAsTiC! (I’m gonna let you in on a little secret… there isn’t a set in stone recipe you HAVE to use to freeze strawberries shhhh, I know, right? You add lemon to keep the color and sugar (or not) to have some saweetness!) – That being said, I’ll tell you how I do it and you can adjust from there!

    1. Wash em: gently under cold water
    2. De-stem em: cut off the green and toss it in the trash, compost, or to the chickens or goats ๐Ÿ˜‰
    3. Slice em to your desired size and keep them in a large bowl.
    4. Dress em: For every 3 cartons of strawberries that I’ve prepared I stir in 1/2-1 C of sugar and about 3 Tbls-1/4 C of lemon juice. So delish! Add as much or as little as you want!

Sliced strawberries prepared with sugar and lemon juice ready to put in bags to freeze.

  1. Bag em: Use your 1 C measuring cup to scoop up your strawberry mixture and put them in your quart size zip lock baggies!

Be sure to label them with the date on front so you know how long they’ve been in that freezer! “Ooops! My strawberries have been in the freezer for 3 months! Guess I better open up a bag of them after the kids fall asleep, sit on the couch, turn on the tube or cozy up with a book and spoon the whole bag into my belly before they go bad!” ๐Ÿ˜‰ mmmmm rotating our food storage can be so delicious!

Strawberries in bags labeled with date they were prepared.

I LOVE using freezer bags! They stack so nice and flat in the freezer and you can store a ton of them!

Bags of strawberries stacked flat in the freezer

What are some of your favorite things to do with strawberries for your food storage?

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