How to Freeze Fresh Strawberries
Here's how to freeze strawberries so you can get a taste of summer at any time of year.
A trip to a strawberry patch or your local farmers market is a terrific weekend activity with a sweet reward. But sometimes you wind up with way more berries than you can eat. If you don’t feel like making a huge batch of strawberry jam, we have an easy solution: Freeze your strawberries! Our Test Kitchen has an easy technique for freezing strawberries, so you can enjoy those sweet berries for months to come.
How to Freeze Strawberries
When you freeze food right, you’ll maintain its quality and preserve most of its flavor and nutritional value. Keep in mind that after thawing, strawberries will be somewhat darker, and the texture will be much softer—we don’t recommend trying to use them to make stuffed strawberries or as eye candy like we did in this gorgeous phyllo tart.
Tools for Freezing Strawberries
Step 1: Prep your berries
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.
Editor’s Tip: Do not soak the berries in water or they’ll lose some flavor and nutrients.
Step 2: Freeze the strawberries
Strawberries can be frozen whole, sliced or crushed, and with or without sugar.
- For whole, unsweetened berries: First, freeze the strawberries in a single layer on a baking sheet. 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 either completely filling the containers or pressing extra air out of the 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 dissolved. Lightly crush berries if desired. Spoon into a freezer container, seal tightly and freeze.
That’s all you do. Wasn’t that easy?