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How to freeze strawberries

Are you looking for how to freeze strawberries? You’re in the right spot. Freeze them the right way and you can have fresh strawberries all year long.

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Strawberry season is here in North Carolina!  We’ve been to the farm once already and I’m sure we’ll go back a few more times.  We live near the strawberry patch and we watch and wait all year for the little trailer to arrive and let us know it’s time to start picking.  

We are meeting up with some friends to pick more so I decided I would just freeze the ones I already have.  I don’t want them to go bad.  She didn’t know how to freeze strawberries so I thought I would just write it up for her! Freezing strawberries is super simple.

overhead view basket of fresh strawberries sitting outside on a wooden table

You’ll want to save some of these recipes to use up all the strawberries you have!

Recipes with Fresh Strawberries

Freshly pick strawberries in cardboard basket.

How to freeze fresh strawberries

Step 1

The first thing to do is wash the berries and get any dirt and bugs off them.

Water running over fresh strawberries in a colander

Step 2

Lay your fresh strawberries out on a towel (or paper towel) and let them dry completely.

Step 3

Cut or pull the stems off.  I just cut them because I can do it a little faster. This is the cutting board I’m using.  I love it and use it all the time.  If there are any bruised spots, cut them out.   If you wouldn’t eat them, then don’t freeze them.

strawberries on green cutting mat with tops cut off

Step 4

Lay strawberries in a single layer on a baking sheet. You’ll want to freeze strawberries whole if you plan on using them in smoothies, which is what my family does with them.

How to freeze strawberries

Step 5

Put them in the freezer for a few hours.  I usually just freeze them overnight and them out the next morning while I’m cooking breakfast.  The frozen strawberries will probably stick to the tray so just bang it on the counter a few times to loosen them up.

Step 6

Store your frozen berries in airtight freezer containers.  I just use gallon sized freezer bags.

How to freeze strawberries

This is a great way to make your delicious strawberries last longer and keep the great sweet taste.


Wednesday 20th of May 2015

Do you cover them on the tray in the freezer? I am going to try this. I dice mine and add sugar and vanilla to them in the ziploc bag and freeze them for milkshakes.


Wednesday 20th of May 2015

Nope, I just throw them in there. I'll have to try your milkshake idea! That sounds good.

Jennifer Tammy

Monday 18th of May 2015

Just in time for strawberry season! thanks for sharing.


Friday 15th of May 2015

This is great to keep around! So many people forget to lay them out and let them dry before they are frozen! Great tips!

Ashley Tukiainen

Friday 15th of May 2015

oh my goodness, those strawberries look delicious!!! They aren't in season here yet but I can't wait!


Monday 11th of May 2015

Those strawberries look so yummy! That's the one thing I miss most about living in Washington state, was picking fresh strawberries. This trick would have helped the large Costco carton I bought last week that only lasted a few days. Thanks for the tip!!