3 Ways to Freeze (and Use!) Strawberries

Strawberries are one of my favorite summer fruits. This year, I am freezing fresh strawberries to use throughout the year. Frozen strawberries are not limited to smoothies, although that is a delicious way to use frozen fruit. Below are 3 ways to freeze and use frozen strawberries.

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Since strawberries are no longer in season (tear!), this will most likely be the last fresh strawberry post you see until next summer. Every so often I get a hankering for strawberries mid-winter and drop $5 for a pint only to be disappointed. No matter how red and juicy they look, the taste of a winter strawberry cannot compete with a summer strawberry. Unless you live in a warm-weather climate like southern California where you can get strawberries year-round, strawberries are a staple of summer. I am so jealous of all of my warm-weather readers!

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Two weeks ago, strawberries went on sale at my local grocery store for .99 cents a pound. I bought four pounds and frozen them 3 different ways because I intend to use them in a variety of ways throughout the year. Freezing strawberries is quick and easy so get your berries while they’re here and freeze ’em up! You can freeze strawberries whole, in ice cube trays, or as a purée.

Below are the steps for each method along with some recipe ideas for each.

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Freezing Whole Strawberries

Step 1: Remove the green portion from each strawberry. A few years ago, my dad bought me a strawberry huller as a birthday gift. It’s a nifty tool, but you could use a paring knife.

Step 2: Wash your berries. You want them to be squeaky clean when they head for the freezer. Pat dry. This prevents ice from forming around your frozen berry.

Step 3: Line a baking sheet with wax paper and spread your strawberries evenly on the baking sheet. They should not be touching each other. 

Step 4: Place the baking sheet in the freezer. It usually takes about 4 hours for strawberries to freeze in my freezer. Once frozen, remove from the baking sheet and store in Ziploc freezer bags.

 

Using Whole Frozen Strawberries

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Strawberry Hananero Jam

Strawberry Balsamic Compote – Nom Nom Paleo

Strawberry Banana Muffins – Delicious Obsessions

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Freezing Strawberries in Ice Cube Trays

Step 1: Remove the green portion from each strawberry.

Step 2: Wash your berries.

Step 3: Place your strawberries in a blender and blend until smooth. 

Step 4: Pour strawberry purée into ice cube trays and freeze until solid. Once frozen, remove from ice cube trays and store in a Ziploc freezer bag. 

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**1 pound of strawberries makes about 2.5 cups of strawberry purée.**

 

Using Frozen Strawberry Cubes

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Strawberry Banana Popsicles

Strawberry Almond Smoothie Bowl – A Cozy Kitchen

Strawberry Granita with Pistachios and Cream – Dietitian Debbie Dishes

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Freezing Strawberry Purée

Step 1: Remove the green portion from each strawberry.

Step 2: Wash your berries.

Step 3: Place your strawberries in a blender and blend until smooth. 

Step 4: Measure into desired portions (I usually measure into 1 or 2 cup portions) and freeze flat.  

 

Using Frozen Strawberry Purée

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Thaw and stir into this Strawberry Shortcake Overnight Oatmeal – Dashing Dish

Strawberry Coconut Whipped Cream – One Ingredient Chef

Strawberry Jalapeño Margarita – The Chic Site

How do you like to use frozen strawberries? Leave a comment and let me know! I’m always looking for ways to eat more strawberries. 

28 Comments on 3 Ways to Freeze (and Use!) Strawberries

  1. RICHARD HICKS
    September 4, 2014 at 8:43 pm (1 year ago)

    Thanks for the freezing tips. One of my favorite berries!

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  2. Ronald G
    September 4, 2014 at 7:32 pm (1 year ago)

    I love strawberries,but being a 63 year old bachelor I only buy them in season and a little at a time. Thank you so much for all this information

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    • kristina.d.navarro@gmail.com
      September 4, 2014 at 7:36 pm (1 year ago)

      Glad I could help! I love strawberries and hate that they are so expensive in the winter so this is a great way to have them year-round!

      Reply
  3. Lyz S
    September 4, 2014 at 8:58 am (1 year ago)

    Thank you for these tips! So often I either don’t know what to do to freeze the fruit or what to do with the defrosted fruits. This definitely helps.

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    • kristina.d.navarro@gmail.com
      September 4, 2014 at 4:55 pm (1 year ago)

      Great! I am glad you liked this post. Be sure to share it! :)

      Reply
  4. Lecia Lance
    September 4, 2014 at 6:24 am (1 year ago)

    Thanks for the ideas!

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  5. margaret peg m
    September 3, 2014 at 8:29 pm (1 year ago)

    so many great ideas that make sense, it seems ridiculous NOT to try…our whole family loves strawberries, i’m bookmarking this page. thank you much.

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    • kristina.d.navarro@gmail.com
      September 4, 2014 at 6:16 am (1 year ago)

      We have a chest freezer so I make it a point to fill it with fresh fruit to get us through the chilly, dark Chicago winters! Thanks for stopping by!

      Reply
  6. Justin
    September 3, 2014 at 3:35 pm (1 year ago)

    Convenience yooo.

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  7. olla
    September 3, 2014 at 12:21 pm (1 year ago)

    awesome way to save my strawberries. yaay

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  8. Adriane
    September 2, 2014 at 12:57 pm (1 year ago)

    Terrific tips! Thank you!

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  9. Katrina A.
    August 31, 2014 at 9:56 pm (1 year ago)

    I am lucky to live in an area where I can have strawberries year round but they always go bad before I can eat them. I really like the ice cube tray way.

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    • kristina.d.navarro@gmail.com
      September 1, 2014 at 7:49 pm (1 year ago)

      Hi Katrina!

      I’ve been using the ice cubes for smoothies all week and love it! It’s really great and they taste so fresh in smoothies! Thanks for stopping by!

      Kristina

      Reply
  10. April Farley
    August 30, 2014 at 4:28 pm (1 year ago)

    Smart smart smart! Bloody brilliant actually! I pinned the table so I will not loose it. This article was very informative and helpful. Thank you !

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  11. Kate F.
    August 29, 2014 at 5:33 pm (1 year ago)

    These are great ideas! I want to make some strawberry popsicles.

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  12. laurie damrose
    August 26, 2014 at 2:59 pm (1 year ago)

    is there a way to send froen strawberries to someone?

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    • kristina.d.navarro@gmail.com
      August 26, 2014 at 4:07 pm (1 year ago)

      I wouldn’t think so. Maybe if you packed it in dry ice, but that seems like a lot of work!

      Reply
  13. KaylaSue Simundson
    August 24, 2014 at 5:15 pm (1 year ago)

    that strawberry coconut whipped cream looks amazing!

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    • kristina.d.navarro@gmail.com
      August 25, 2014 at 6:53 am (1 year ago)

      Doesn’t it? I can’t wait to try it! Thanks for stopping by!

      Reply
  14. olla
    August 23, 2014 at 6:14 pm (1 year ago)

    hehehe… me likey

    Reply
  15. laurie damrose
    August 20, 2014 at 3:11 pm (1 year ago)

    Thanks again for the tips,I’m hoping to see advice on freezing other fruits.

    Reply
  16. Nuresha Perera
    August 19, 2014 at 12:23 am (1 year ago)

    lovely i love all of those ways

    Reply
  17. laurie damrose
    August 18, 2014 at 3:57 pm (1 year ago)

    I slice my Strawberries and put them in ziplocks for smoothies.It helps keep them longer.

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    • kristina.d.navarro@gmail.com
      August 19, 2014 at 6:25 am (1 year ago)

      That is a great idea! Thanks for sharing and stopping by!

      Reply
    • kristina.d.navarro@gmail.com
      August 18, 2014 at 6:42 pm (1 year ago)

      Thanks! I only thought of it this year and am kicking myself for all of the strawberries I have missed out on in the past! Glad you liked it. Thanks for stopping by!

      Reply

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