How I Freeze Strawberries (so they don’t clump)

In the spring and summer, when fruit is at its peak, I love to freeze some to have throughout the year.  Strawberries, blueberries, and peaches are my favorites.  And now that I have a new freezer, I can freeze even more.

People sometimes tell me that their berries always clump and are hard to use.  Keeping them from clumping takes an extra step, but it’s really easy.

I start with a carton of strawberries.

Carton of StrawberriesIf you notice (I did not at the store, of course), one of them has a big brown spot.  Since I didn’t intend for these to be “pretty” strawberries anyway (I’ll probably use them in pancakes or smoothies), I cut it out when slicing the strawberries.

I wash the strawberries,

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then I cut them.

I lay them out before I freeze them.  I put a sheet of waxed paper onto a baking sheet, and spread the cut strawberries on the sheet.

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I freeze them on the baking sheets for several hours

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And I have a bag of berries ready to use this winter!

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New Freezer!

For Mother’s Day / my Birthday (/ anniversary) this year, my husband got me a chest freezer.

Romantic, right?

Even so, I am soo excited to have it.  My freezer currently holds a lot, but it is packed to the brim and we are getting into summer, when I like to freeze fruit to use throughout the year.  Maybe I’ll even have room to freeze vegetables from my garden!  (If we have that much.)

They delivered it yesterday.  Of course, hubby realized after they called to say delivery was in 30 minutes that we can’t plug it in to the same outlet as the washing machine.  He solved the problem with an extension cord.

Here is the new freezer:

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New Freezer!

There is not much in it yet.  I got a few things on my trip to Aldi today to put in there. I also put tonight’s dinner leftovers in there, to take to church for shut-in’s.

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I am glad to have more room now!  The freezer in the kitchen is completely full.

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I’m going to have fun organizing!

What’s on my menu?

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