In most parts of the country, strawberry season is coming to a close, and their prices will start rising again from here until next spring.
This year, I decided to take advantage of the low prices and preserve a few pounds for us to enjoy throughout the year.
This is probably the simplest post you’ll ever read on preserving strawberries. It really wasn’t that hard!
The first thing I did was wash all the strawberries. I rinsed them well with cold water in a colander.
The next thing I did was spritz the strawberries with a produce cleaner. I got this spray at my local health food store. This step wouldn’t be necessary if you buy organic strawberries, but we didn’t have access to organic ones within our budget. Modern Alternative Mama uses grapefruit seed extract to wash her berries. I may try this next year!
I then rinsed the berries off with cool water again and cut off the tops and hollowed them out.
I then placed all the hollowed out berries on a cookie sheet, slid it in the freezer and let them sit for an hour.
After all the berries were individually frozen, I took them out and put them in gallon-sized freezer bags.
It was easy-peasy, and now I have smoothie-worthy berries ready in an instant!
Have you ever preserved strawberries? What is your favorite strawberry treat?
If you liked this post, check out my recipe for strawberry crisp. And here’s a gluten-free, dairy-free version!
Why do you have to take the centers out of the strawberries?
I dehydrate my strawberries by cutting off the tops and slice into 1/4 inch slices and dry until crisp. Seeing how they don’t taste the same as fresh I turn the slices into powder. It’s great when you want a little taste of strawberry or put a Tbsp into your smoothie and it’s like adding a big handful of them.