No wonder I forget about picking Strawberries every year! Not only are these wonderful berries only in season for two weeks out West, but this picking window is during the hectic final 2 weeks of the school year. I’ve finally pegged this short window where the strawberries are ripe and ready so I wanted to share this reminder. I’m hoping to get out to a local farm this weekend and take advantage of selecting my own berries this year. Not only are strawberries my kids favourite, but I’m tired of buying the chemically pumped strawberries with the bottom layer often coated in mold from the grocery. My plan is to pick as many as we can carry and freeze berries for the first time. Here are the instructions for freezing strawberries. Google your local farms and don’t miss this very short picking season for strawberries!
~ Wash strawberries in cold water and remove tops (green stems/cap). Pat dry.
~ Spread strawberries to freeze in a single layer on baking sheets (cookie sheets) – making sure they’re not touching.
~ After strawberries are frozen, put them into airtight freezing containers.
Being a rookie to freezing strawberries I’m hoping to have access to these berries all year around. If they come out mushy after being frozen..my kids will simply have to join the smoothie train for the remainder of the year. I’ll also be freezing my berries in stainless steel airtight containers rather than plastic bags. If you need a recommendation where to find great quality stainless steel containers that are suitable for freezing food without BPA concerns, click here.