How to Freeze Strawberries

Instructions on how to freeze strawberries will be different depending on what you want to use them for. They can be individually frozen, or frozen sweetened to quickly turn into a sauce or ice cream topping.

Freezing Strawberries for Sauces and Ice Cream

15 cups of strawberries
3 cups of sugar

1. Stir strawberries and sugar, and allow to sit for 15 minutes. This will allow a juice to form.
2. Divide into freezer-safe containers or bags. Seal, and put in the freezer.
3. To use - remove from freezer and allow to thaw. If you want to thicken, place in a small saucepan and heat until bubbly. Add 1 tsp of cornstarch for every 1 cup of strawberries and simmer until thick and clear.

Freezing Strawberries Individually

1. Make room in your freezer for one or two cookie sheets to sit flat.
2. Clean as many strawberries as you plan on freezing. Rinse and remove the leaves. Allow them to dry (doesn't have to be perfectly dry)
3. Once the strawberries are mostly dry, place them on the cookie sheets, not touching.
4. Put each cookie sheet in the freezer. Check the strawberries after three hours. If the outside surfaces are quite hard, they can be carefully bagged and placed in the freezer to continue to freeze all the way through.
5. They should keep for about 1 year, but after that ice crystals will begin to form and the quality of the taste and texture will diminish.

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