Strawberries are in peak season right now, so whether your picking them yourself or getting them on sale at the grocery store, now is the perfect time to stock up on them and either make jam or freeze them! This is my easiest method to freezing strawberries to be later used in desserts, in smoothies, or just as is!
Step 1: Gather strawberries and wash well. Drain.
Step 2: Cut off their tops and either put in your compost or feed to your chickens!
Step 3: Place strawberries top side down on a clean baking sheet, space them enough apart from each other so they can freeze thoroughly.
Step 4: Stick in your freezer for 5 hours or overnight.
Step 5: Once they are completely frozen, pop into a zip lock freezer bag and date bag.
Tips for success: make sure all the strawberries are perfect without blemishes or bruises so that they keep longer. The bruised and blemished ones are perfect to mash in your blender and freeze in ice cube trays for smoothies. Be sure to get as much air out of your ziplock as possible to prevent freezer burn buildup. Use strawberries up to 6 months for peak flavor and nutritional value. Enjoy!