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.

Here’s how to store strawberries if you can’t get them straight to the freezer. Make sure to avoid these berry mistakes too!

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.

Don’t worry, though: Thawed berries work perfectly in recipes like our famous strawberry pretzel dessert or these luscious strawberry milkshakes.

Tools for Freezing Strawberries

Directions

Step 1: Prep your berries

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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

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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?

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Ellie Martin Cliffe
Ellie has spent almost 20 years writing and editing food and lifestyle content for several well-known publishers. As Taste of Home's content director, she leads the team of editors sharing tasty recipes, cooking tips and entertaining ideas. Since joining Taste of Home 13 years ago, she has held roles in digital and print, editing cookbooks, curating special interest publications, running magazines, starring in cooking and cleaning videos, working with the Community Cooks and even handing out cookies and cocoa at local holiday events. Gluten- and dairy-free since 2017, she’s a staff go-to on allergy-friendly foods that actually taste good. If she's not in her plant-filled office, find Ellie in her family’s urban veggie garden, in the kitchen trying new GF/DF recipes or at a local hockey rink, cheering on her spouse or third grader.