Strawberries have a notoriously short shelf life. Once picked from the strawberry plants, they will only last a few days before the decay process begins in earnest. Because of this fact, and because so many people just love eating strawberries, multiple preservation methods have been developed to allow the enjoyment of the strawberry harvest long after it is over. This post is here to serve as your guide to freezing strawberries.
Before delving into how to freeze strawberries, it is important to mention a few bits of information. Freezing strawberries generally produces an end product that is far superior to canning them. Canning strawberries is a sufficient method of preservation. However, canned strawberries do not generally maintain the structural integrity of the berries. Consequently, canned strawberries are usually just mush at the time of use. Frozen strawberries, on the other hand, maintain most of their culinary qualities (depending on how much they are thawed when they are used).
How the Freezing Strawberries Page Works
This main Freezing Strawberries page serves as a hub for everything related to learning how to freeze strawberries. The preliminaries of the strawberry freezing process are covered first. Then, instruction is provided regarding all of the common strawberry freezing methods. Additionally, technical information regarding the processes is also provided so that your strawberry freezing experience will be a resounding success! I recommend beginning at the top to understand the basics prior to initiating the freezing process using any of the specific methods (which are all listed and explained below). If you are a veteran strawberry freezer, feel free to jump directly to your desired method for guidance. (For a more introductory and brief information guide, see this page.)
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