I love smoothies but to buy one from a cafe can cost me $6-12. It’s ridiculously expensive when it’s so easy to make your own. I’m going to share with you some of my favourite smoothie recipes in an upcoming post but one important part of them is to have delicious fresh fruit on hand. As we all know, fresh fruit isn’t always available and even when you can buy some it doesn’t last very long. That is why you have to learn how to freeze them if you want to make delicious smoothies year round.
I’m starting off with strawberries because they are one of my favourite fruits. They’re a delicious treat anytime of the year and you can make a variety of things with them. If you are watching your waistline or just trying to eat a little healthier, follow this tutorial and you will have a good-for-you snack on hand all the time.
What You’ll Need
- Baking Tray
- Baking Paper
- Freezer Bags
How To Freeze Strawberries
Freezing strawberries preserves their look and taste, for the most part. The skin colour can darken a bit over time and thawing can effect the texture so keep this in mind when you are choosing what to use them in.
TIP: Buy a box of strawberries from a farmers market when they are in the peak of their season. That way you’ll have tantalising strawberries long after the season is over.
Wash & Dry
Before washing the strawberries check and dispose of any that have signs of mould. Wash the strawberries by placing them in a large bowl and filling with cold water. Gentle move your hands through the strawberries – this will loosen debris and dirt, giving them a gentle clean without bruising. While you are doing this you should be able to feel any mushy or bruised bits on the strawberries – if it’s only a small part of the berry, cut it out, otherwise dispose of it.
Strain the berries in a colander, hull them (remove the green leaves and stems) and transfer to a clean towel. Make sure all the strawberries are as dry as possible before moving to the next step. Any water left on the outside of the strawberries can result in hard frozen bits that are unpleasant to consume.
TIP: When hulling, if you cut the tops off straight it will help keep the berries standing in the freezing stage but it isn’t a vital part.
Line your baking tray with a sheet of baking paper. Place your strawberries flat side down leaving a little bit of room around each strawberry (so they don’t stick to each other during freezing). Place in the freezer until they are all frozen – it will depend on their size but generally 1-2 hours.
Transfer the frozen strawberries to freezer bags. You can make up small portion bags of 5-6 strawberries to use in smoothies or you can freeze them all in one big bag and remove the amount you need as required.
TIP: It’s important to remove as much air from the bag as possible to prevent freezer burn.
Frozen strawberries are best consumed within 6 months. Write the date of freezing on the bag so you don’t throw out perfectly good produce when clearing out your freezer.
What do you love to make with strawberries? Have you tried freezing them previously? Let me know by commenting below!