Strawberry Season is fast approaching and one of the ways you can eat healthy and save money all year is to buy fresh strawberries in bulk when they are cheaper and freeze them.
I often get asked how to freeze strawberries and truthfully, it really is super simple. Everyone always wants to know if it will change the texture of the strawberries and the answer is yes. Once frozen the strawberries will soften and will be more like the consistency of the strawberries in strawberry shortcake. They will still taste great however, and you will be able to use them without any issues in strawberry milk, smoothies and baked goods like Strawberry Breakfast Bars. Wondering how to freeze other food items? Check my tips here.
Here is an example of how I save money stocking up. This past winter, I found a great deal on strawberries at my local hometown market. There had been an ordering error and they had more strawberries then they could store so they were were selling deeply discounted strawberries.
I was able to pick up 3 flats of strawberries for less than $25…that’s a STEAL in the winter where everyone was selling them for $4.99 a pack. With Farmers Markets and roadside farm stands getting ready to open, fresh strawberries will be readily available and with a little preparation you can snag great deals and large quantities that you will be able to use all winter long.
It is really easy to prepare your strawberries for freezing, but it can be a bit time consuming but it is so worth it in the end! You will be so happy you made the effort to freeze strawberries when in February everyone else is overpaying for bland strawberries at the grocery store!
How to Freeze Strawberries
Step 1: Wash your strawberries and remove the green leafy stems. Cut the strawberries into halves or quarters.
Step 2: Spread your cut strawberries out in a single layer on to a baking pan. This will keep your strawberries from becoming a hard clump in the freezer. By freezing them individually you will be able to take out just what you need for your recipes in the future. Flash freeze the strawberries for about 10 minutes.
Step 3: Take partially frozen strawberries out of the freezer and put them in freezer safe Ziploc bags.
Step 4: Enjoy them all year long!
Want to freeze your fruits and veggies?