We reveal step by step how you can easily freeze strawberries and thus stock up for the rest of the year.
Step 1: Choose the right strawberries
Fresh strawberries will only last a few days in the refrigerator, so freeze them no later than two days after picking. Berries that already have bruises should not be used for freezing.
Also, be aware that strawberries will definitely be mushy after thawing, so they are not very good as a cake topping. Instead, you can use them to make strawberry jam or strawberry ice cream.
Step 2: Wash the strawberries
Before you can freeze the strawberries, you should clean them thoroughly under running water. Make sure that the stream is not too hard so that they are not damaged. Then remove the stalk and let the berries drain. You can also dab them with a cloth.
Step 3: Sugar the strawberries (optional)
You don't have to sugar the strawberries in advance, but it will extend their shelf life. Dissolve 500 grams of sugar in one liter of boiling water and pour the syrup over the fruit. Then let them cool completely.
Step 4: Flash freeze strawberries
This step is also not necessary for freezing strawberries. However, if you want to prevent the frozen berries from freezing together later, you should flash freeze them. Place them side by side on a baking tray or a large plate and store them in the freezer for about an hour. This way, the fruits can be portioned individually later.
Step 5: Freeze the strawberries
Finally, transfer the strawberries to freezer bags or other containers, label them, and place them in the freezer. There they will keep for about eight months, sugared strawberries even up to a year.
Tip: Freeze strawberry puree
Since the strawberries are mushy after thawing anyway, you can also freeze them right away as a puree. For this, you need to puree them after washing and sweeten them with some powdered sugar. Then you can put them in ice cube trays and freeze them. This way you can portion the strawberry ice cubes individually and use them to spice up lemonades or sparkling wine, for example.