Strawberries are great treat to have any time of the year. But they are only available fresh for a very short season. So, instead of using fresh or canned, here's a simple way to freeze them so you can use them during the whole year. You will never have to buy store bought frozen strawberries again.
It's, of course, better than buying the frozen ones, which tend to be more expensive. In fact, freezing strawberries is easier than you think. And you don't have to do a lot either. I freeze three such bags and they work well for me for the whole year. As a result, I can make almost all desserts, drinks and frozen treats that call for strawberries. Every time I need I just dig into the freezer and pick as many as I need.
Step by step instructions
First, choose the best strawberries in the market you can find. They should be deep red and firm. These are sweeter and freeze well.
Next, wash the strawberries clean under running water. And drain them in a colander.
Then, spread them on a clean kitchen cloth. Wipe them dry. This is important that you wipe them dry.
Take the stalks off - fish out the bad or soft ones that won't freeze well.
Place them on a parchment lined tray. Do not over crowd the tray - you do not want them touching each other.
Place them in the freeze for a couple of hours or over night until they are rock hard.
Can you tell that these are frozen? Yep... They feel like little pieces of rock..
Place them in a freeze bag and store them in the corner of your freezer.
Now you have Strawberries when ever you need them.
How to use frozen strawberries
You can use them frozen in anything like drinks or frozen treats. Just whiz them up in the recipe.
If you need to thaw them - you can either place them over night in the fridge so they thaw slowly or just leave them on the counter. They take less than half hour her in summer perhaps a little more in winter.
The texture of these when thawed is the same as the frozen strawberries you buy from the market. They best to use in recipes that call for strawberries but not ones that need to fruit to be fresh like I would not use it on my Fresh strawberry tart.
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