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How to Store Strawberries in the Freezer

Thelma is a Filipina expat living in Germany. She is a very creative person, shares tips and DIY about anything she has done in life.

Fresh harvested strawberries.

Fresh harvested strawberries.

Summer Time, Harvest Time

Summer in Germany is a time for me to enjoy harvesting strawberries from a farm in a country side. I don´t own the farm, but some farms nearby allow the public to harvest their strawberries for a cheaper price. Cheaper than when you buy them in the supermarket. Sometimes my relatives from The Netherlands accompanied me in harvesting, another time with my friend and her small children.

Harvesting strawberries is fun especially when you have small children with you. They don´t usually eat the fruits, they just enjoy collecting them.

How to Harvest Srawberries from a Farm

  • Look at some farms in your place through your local newspapers who are selling strawberries for public to harvest.
  • Whenever you go to a farm for harvesting strawberries, bring a basket, a bowl, a plastic bag, a tote or whatever you have for putting the harvested fruits.
  • At the entrance, the owner of the farm will weight your basket or your plastic bag for later use. The weight of the basket will be deducted from the weight of the basket full of strawberries.
  • The owner of the farm will show you where you can harvest the strawberries.
  • You are allowed to eat strawberries for free while you are harvesting. (Well, that is common here in Germany). I suppose, you can eat as much as you want.
  • When you are finished harvesting, you have to bring your harvested strawberries to the entrance where you have started. The owner will weight the harvested fruits with basket and will deduct the weight of the basket before it was filled with strawberries.
  • Then you can pay the amount of the strawberries you have harvested.
My happy friend with her fresh harvested strawberries.

My happy friend with her fresh harvested strawberries.

Preparing the Strawberries for Freezing

  1. Select the good strawberries with full bright red color.
  2. Hull and Wash the strawberries in a strainer or a colander.
  3. Cut out the damaged parts of the fruits and throw them in the bin.
  4. Pat dry the strawberries with a piece of kitchen paper.
  5. Separate the strawberries with cuttings from the good ones. These can be blended for making a sauce, juice or a smoothie.

Ziploc Bags

How to Store Strawberries in the Freezer


1.Freezing the whole strawberries

  • Lightly sugar the hulled, washed and pat dried strawberries. Put the strawberries on a baking sheet on top of a flat container or baking form. Line them without touching each other. Put them in the freezer until they are stone hard. When they are hard, put them in a tupperware or in a "ziploc" plastic bag. Freezing this way, it´s easy for you to get the right amount of strawberries you need. Get off the air from the freezing bag and label the bag with the name and date of the day it was made.Then store them in a freezer until you need some for your ice cream, fruit drinks, smoothies and for baking cakes or cupcakes.

Or

  • Put the clean strawberries in a bowl. Sugar them lightly and mix them carefully with your hands or with a tablespoon. Then put them in a resealable plastic bag or in a tupperware. Label them with a name and date of freezing and store them in a freezer for later use.


2. Freezing the pureed strawberries


  • Blend the hulled and washed strawberries in a blender and blend. Pour the exact amount of pureed strawberries you want in a tupperware or in a Ziploc bag. Label them and store them in a freezer for later use in making smoothies, ice cream, cakes and cupcakes.


3. Freezing the juice of strawberries


  • Put the hulled, washed and pat dried strawberries in a juicer. Pour the strawberry juice into small tupperwares or in an ice cube tray. Store them in the freezer for later use.


4. Freezing sliced strawberries with sugar syrup


  • Put the hulled, washed and pat dried strawberries in a pan. Add sugar. (1 cup strawberries = 1/4 cup sugar) Stir carefully while the heat of the stove is low. The sugar will disolve and the juice of the strawberries will come out. Put the heat off when you think the sugar has fully dissolved and no more crystal sugar around the fruits. Pack the strawberries with syrup in a glass or tupperware container. Let it cool. Label the cover of the container with the name and date of the finished products. Store in the freezer.


5. Freezing a single strawberry


  • This is the simple thing you can do. Just put a hulled, washed and pat dried single strawberry that fits in an ice cube tray, Then add water on it. Store in a freezer for later use as a decoration for your summer drinks or your dessert.


Note: Freezed strawberries can be used within 6 months after the preparation.



Thank you very much for reading this hub. I hope I have encouraged you to experience strawberry harvesting and to enjoy the fun of doing it with or without children.

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Comments

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on September 04, 2020:

Hi Mona. Sorry for the late reply. Thank you for dropping by.

I have not seen strawberries when I was in the Philippines. If I would, I would surely freeze some of them for later use. You can also freese them as purreed strawberries. Thanks again.

Mona Sabalones Gonzalez from Philippines on August 23, 2020:

I don't know how to cook, but sometimes I come up with a good pasta or a pizza. Frozen strawberries are really lovely and this article was so helpful on how to freeze them and store them, especially as ice cubes. I have bought frozen strawberries, and now look forward to making them:)

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on June 05, 2019:

Thank you very much Chitrangada. I mostly freeze starwberries in summer for winter. I use them for my cakes and smoothies. It´s my favorite, too. Thanks for dropping by. Have a great week.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on June 02, 2019:

Excellent article about strawberries. It’s good that we can store it in the refrigerator. Then we can eat them, even when they are not in season.

It’s my family’s favourite.

Your picture in the agricultural fields is beautiful.

Thanks for sharing the wonderful tips.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on April 14, 2015:

You are very welcome colorfulone. I´m glad you loved it. Thanks and enjoy your day.

Susie Lehto from Minnesota on April 13, 2015:

Great tips on freezing tasty strawberries. I love them.

Thanks for sharing the information, Thelma.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on April 11, 2015:

Hi peachpurple! Yes, I have many years ago before I have started online writing. Thanks for reminding me this. I´ll bake those strawberry muffins soon and this time I will used frozen and thawed strawberries as we have not the season yet for fresh strawberries. Thanks for the idea. Happy weekend!

peachy from Home Sweet Home on April 11, 2015:

have you ever bake a strawberry muffin? I would love to try your recipe

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on March 20, 2015:

Thank you Anne Harrison. We have lots of strawberry farms nearby. I hope you can find a strawberry farm there where you are. Thanks for your comment. Happy weekend!

Anne Harrison from Australia on March 18, 2015:

How luck you are to be able to harvest strawberries. I grow my own, but the birds and lizards usually get them first! WIll try to find a strawberry farm next summer, voted up

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on March 15, 2015:

Hi PegCole17! Yes, it is indeed refreshing for using this frozen strawberries in beverages and iced tea in summer. Thanks for your wonderful comment. Enjoy your day!

Peg Cole from North Dallas, Texas on March 12, 2015:

I like the frozen strawberry in a ice cube idea. Sounds refreshing for iced tea or other beverages.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on February 28, 2015:

Yes, this comment came through. Thanks for sharing. Maybe there was just a glitch when you left comment on my other hub. I see that you also enjoy harvesting strawberries Peggy. I will be doing that again this coming summer. Happy Sunday!

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on February 28, 2015:

I used to pick strawberries every year of the 4 years my hubby and I lived in Wisconsin and would freeze them. Hope this comment goes through. I tried to leave a comment on your hub about the money belts and other things to wear when traveling but it did not register. I was able to share it however.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on February 06, 2015:

Hi RTalloni,

Thanks for your visit and your comment. Yes, try this advice. My German mother-in-law used to do this when she was still alive. She would be glad knowing that what she taught me was helpful to others too. Happy weekend!

RTalloni on February 05, 2015:

Strawberries from Florida will be coming our way soon and I hope to make the most of this year's crop. Then the ones in this area will be available so I hope to use this advice twice in the near future. :)

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on January 27, 2015:

Hi Rachel L Alba! I am glad you found this hub and that I will be helping you in preserving strawberries. Thanks for your wonderful comment. Good night!

Rachel L Alba from Every Day Cooking and Baking on January 24, 2015:

I was so happy to see your hub about freezing strawberries. I never tried it because I didn't think you could. I buy a lot of them in the summer and sometimes they go bad before I can use them. Now I know what to do with them. Thanks Thelma.

Blessings.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on March 01, 2014:

Thank you DDE for your visit. I hope I have helped you with this hub. Happy weekend!

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on February 28, 2014:

Incredible photos and strawberries is one of my best fruit. You have mentioned helpful ideas.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on December 04, 2013:

You are welcome vespawoolf. I appreciate your visit. Thanks a lot. Take care;-)

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on December 04, 2013:

This is very useful information from picking the strawberries to freezing them. I also enjoyed your photos. Thanks!

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on October 09, 2013:

Thank you Victoria Lynn for reading my hub. I appreciate that. I used to have soggy frozen strawberries too before my late mother-in-law taught me how to do it right.

Victoria Lynn from Arkansas, USA on October 08, 2013:

This is very useful. I've frozen strawberries before and they turned out very soggy. It's good to know how to properly freeze them.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on October 01, 2013:

You are welcome Vinaya. Why not try planting strawberries in your farm. They might like the soil. Hav a nice day!

Vinaya Ghimire from Nepal on October 01, 2013:

I have never farmed strawberries. I have never stored strawberries. Thanks for sharing this informative hub.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on September 17, 2013:

Yes, please try it Audrey. Thanks for your visit and for thinking of me. Have a lovely day! Take care;-)

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on September 17, 2013:

Hi Nell!

I learned a lot from my late mother-in-law about freezing fruits and vegetables for the winter to come. Harvesting with kids are fun. I´m sure you had enjoyed that with your father, too. Thanks for your visit. Have a lovely night.

Audrey Howitt from California on September 16, 2013:

I am going to try these with the blackberries we have in the back!! Thinking of you on this lovely California day!

Nell Rose from England on September 16, 2013:

What a lovely hub! love all the photos too, I used to go raspberry picking when I was a kid with my dad, but I was so small I hardly remember it, I didn't know you could freeze strawberries, I learned something new! lol! voted up and shared, nell

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on August 29, 2013:

It was my late mother-in-law who taught me how to preserve fresh fruits and vegetables in the freezer for winter use. Thanks for your visit Rosemay. Have a great day!

Rosemary Sadler from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand on August 28, 2013:

What a super hub. I love to go strawberry picking but I didn't know they could be frozen in so many different ways. Thank you for the awesome information.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on August 15, 2013:

Thanks for stopping by ignugent. Yes, the farm is near where I live and I always enjoyed harvesting strawberries every summer. Have a great day, too;-)

ignugent17 on August 15, 2013:

They so good. You are very lucky to live near the farm of strawberries. I enjoyed reading your fun experiences in harvesting them. Thanks for sharing your ideas too.

Have a good day. :-)

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on August 11, 2013:

Yep, it was all green and fresh in the farm. I´m glad you enjoyed reading this. Good night thumbi7!

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on August 11, 2013:

Hi Audrey! Thanks for your visit. Have a great new week!

JR Krishna from India on August 10, 2013:

Wow! The farm in your photo is all "green & fresh"

Enjoyed reading the article

Voted up and shared

Audrey Howitt from California on August 09, 2013:

Oh yum!! I have thought about doing this! Thank you!

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on August 04, 2013:

Thank you Rebecca. You can freeze your strawberries too, when you have bought much than what you can consume. Happy sunday!

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on August 04, 2013:

This is a beautiful Hub on strawberries! I am about to freeze blueberries today, so now I want to go get strawberries!

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on July 10, 2013:

Wonderful hub with lovely pictures! Strawberries are my favorite and I generally buy it fresh from the fruit vendor. Now I can buy more and follow your instructions of storing it.

Very useful and informative! Voted up!

torrilynn on July 04, 2013:

You are more than welcome!

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on July 04, 2013:

Hi torrilynn!

Yes, there are many ways to store strawberries. Try to store some if you happen to have more strawberries than you wanted to use. Thanks for your visit. Have a nice day!

torrilynn on July 03, 2013:

I neverknew there was a particular way to store strawberries. I absolutely love strawberries. One of my favorite fruits ! voted up.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on July 03, 2013:

Thanks for your visit Made. That would be nice harvesting your own strawberries. Have a nice day!

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on July 03, 2013:

Hi truthfornow! It's great that you have experienced picking up fruits. I think picking strawberries is the same with picking blueberries. The difference is only you have to bend down your knees or to sit by picking strawberries. Thanks for your visit;-)

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on July 03, 2013:

You're welcome Rajan. Thanks for dropping by and for sharing this hub to others. Take care;-)

Madeleine Salin from Finland on July 02, 2013:

I love strawberries! I have bought starwberries the past years. There are places here where you can go and pick and buy strawberries, too. I'm planning on having strawberries myself in a couple of years. Good hub!

Marie Hurt from New Orleans, LA on July 02, 2013:

My mom used to take me and my brother to go pick fruit when we were young ~ we usually went to pick blueberries.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on July 02, 2013:

Lovely strawberry farm and strawberries, Thelma. Thanks for sharing these useful tips to freeze and store strawberries.

voted up, useful, interesting and shared.

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on June 27, 2013:

Thanks for your visit Rose. You are always welcome to stop by. Have a great day!

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on June 27, 2013:

Hi Sugahware,

Oh, it´s so nice to have your own patch of strawberries. It´s always good to have a selfmade strawberry jam, too. Thanks for your visit. Enjoy your day!

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on June 27, 2013:

Hi Kathryn!

I picked strawberries every summer as I love eating them while harvesting. Then as I can´t consumed them all, I freezed them and some I made for strawberry jams. I know it´s a lot of work but I enjoyed doing it and it seemed like it´s becoming my tradition every year in summer.

I made the strawberry dividers from my own photo collections. Thanks for stopping by, for giving a wonderful comment and for sharing this hub to others. I appreciate that. Have a lovely day!

rose-the planner from Toronto, Ontario-Canada on June 27, 2013:

Great article with very useful information now that strawberry season is upon us. Love the images. Thanks for sharing! (Voted Up) -Rose

Robyn D Bera from California on June 27, 2013:

Great hub! I have my own patch here in California and started freezing last year. I actually made jam from frozen strawberries last year as well. Very informative hub. Voted up, useful!

Kathryn from Windsor, Connecticut on June 27, 2013:

It has been a while since I have gone berry picking. It is great to pick a whole bunch of fresh berries!

This is a great hub, and I will bookmark it for later. We just went through a big container of strawberries, but I remember a couple of times in the past when I didn't get to all of the strawberries before they went bad, and it was so disappointing. It is a very good idea to freeze them, especially when you have a lot!

I like the different options you gave us. I will sometimes puree and freeze fruit, or just clean it and throw it in the freezer. I love the idea of putting a single strawberry, topped with a little water, into an ice cube. I love putting flavored or fruity ice cubes into my cold drinks!

The photos are pretty, as well.

I also like the strawberry dividers you have. It gives the whole page a neat look!

Thanks for sharing this with us. Voted up and sharing all over the place!

Have a great day.

~ Kathryn

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on June 26, 2013:

Hi Rachel! Indeed, you can freeze strawberries in many ways. You don´t have to use them at once. You can freeze some for winter when strawberries are expensive to buy. Thanks for stopping by. Have a lovely day!

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on June 26, 2013:

Hi theryanpride! Thanks for dropping by. Yes, you can freeze the strawberries and that in many ways. Have a nice day!

Rachel Horon on June 25, 2013:

I didn't know I could free strawberries in so many ways. We always seem to overpick when we go to u-pick farms, so I need to make sure we use them or lose them. Thanks for the useful information!

Sonya from Indiana on June 25, 2013:

Thank you for sharing never thought of freezing strawberry's i freeze raspberry's all the time but never strawberry's I will have to stock up as they make great smoothies and rhubarb strawberry pie!!

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on June 25, 2013:

Hi Peachpurple,

That was what I think too before my late mother-in-law introduced me on how to freeze fruits and vegetables on seasons. Strawberries easily get rotten, so try to check the pack of these fruits after buying from supermarket. Chances are, some are already rotten or just started to rot, so either you eat the fruits immediately or store them after cleaning in the freezer for later use.

Thanks for stopping by. Enjoy your day;-)

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on June 25, 2013:

Hi Janet,

I´m glad I brought back some good memories of your childhood picking strawberries. I´m sure you and your children will be having fun doing this. Just imagine how their eyes grow in excitement seeing the beautiful strawberries. Thanks for dropping by, for giving a wonderful comment and for sharing this hub to others. Have a nice day!

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on June 25, 2013:

Hi Carl8033,

I´m glad I have written this hub. Next time you have bought plenty of strawberries, you can freeze them for later use especially when it´s winter time and these fruits cost too much. Thanks for dropping by. Enjoy your day!

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on June 25, 2013:

Thank you drbj for dropping by. Well, enjoy doing it;-) LOL! Have a nice week!

peachy from Home Sweet Home on June 25, 2013:

wonderful ideas! All the while i thought that strawberries had to be eaten in a couple of days before they start to rot. Should have thought of freezing them! Very detailed hub with easy to read step by step procedure. Thanks and voted up

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on June 25, 2013:

Hi Suzie,

I was thinking to link this hub to your ice cube tray hub as it was your hub who gave me this idea and I was glad I did. Now I have frozen strawberries in an ice cube tray for putting it in my glass of lemon juice which looks so dull. With the frozen strawberry on it, it looks inviting.

Thanks for your wonderful comment and for all the sharing you did. Have a lovely week!

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on June 25, 2013:

Good Morning Nancy! I sometimes forgot that too and I end up guessing what´s inside the container. Thanks for stopping by. Have a nice day!

Janet Giessl from Georgia country on June 25, 2013:

Thelma, your hub really reminds me of my childhood where my parents, my sister and I where picking Strawberries at farms. We had so much fun doing it. This hub is really wonderful and contains many interesting and informative information and beautiful pictures. I should try out those freezing methods. I think I should go picking strawberries with my children and my husband. It would be fun.

Carl Junior on June 24, 2013:

Well, this has been an eye opener, all I did in the past was to just throw the strawberries in the fridge without even thinking lol. Thanks for sharing.

drbj and sherry from south Florida on June 24, 2013:

Thanks to you, Thelma, I can now be a strawberry-freezing maven. That is some strawberry field in your photo. Beautiful!

Suzanne Ridgeway from Dublin, Ireland on June 24, 2013:

Hi Thelma,

What a gorgeously put together hub! Love the ideas you showed. Strawberry picking at farms is something I have not in ages but my brother and his family enjoy it regularly when in season. Thanks so much for the link, will link back as this is a wonderfully useful thing to know. Love all the different methods you showed and I will definitely make use of them! Thanks again, voted up, useful, interesting, awesome, shared and pinned to fruit!

Nancy Owens from USA on June 24, 2013:

Great hub! I liked that you mentioned labeling the containers. Sometimes I forget to do that:)

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on June 24, 2013:

Thank you My Cook Book for your visit. Have a nice day!

Thelma Alberts (author) from Germany on June 24, 2013:

Hi Angel, yes you can try it. It will do you good. Enjoy harvesting;-)

Dil Vil from India on June 23, 2013:

Good hub with useful info. Thank you.

Angel on June 23, 2013:

Want to try harvest them..

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