You can enjoy fresh summer strawberries all year long! Learn the BEST method for how to freeze fresh strawberries with this how-to guide below. 

Photograph of strawberries arranged on a baking sheet

How to freeze fresh strawberries: 

Step 1: Wash and thoroughly dry strawberries

Pat them dry with a kitchen towel then let them air dry for about 10 minutes.

Step 2: Hull strawberries using a paring knife.

What does that mean? Hulling means to remove the green stem and light pale flesh from the interior of the strawberry. It’s very simple! 

Photograph of someone hulling a fresh strawberry with a paring knife I like to pull the green leafs off of the strawberry first, this makes it easier to see what I am doing with my knife. 

I then gently insert a paring knife into the top of the strawberry, at an angle, near the stem. Carefully rotate the paring knife around the stem in a circular motion until the stem and white flash pop out. 

If you have some really large strawberries you may want to halve, or even quarter them, depending on how you plan to use them later. 

 

Step 3: Arrange washed and hulled strawberries on a parchment- or wax paper-lined baking sheet; transfer to the freezer.

Freeze strawberries overnight until solid. 

 

Step 4: Transfer frozen strawberries to a resealable freezer bag and store in the freezer.

I like to use this reusable resealable freezer bag, it’s amazing! 

Overhead photograph of a reusable resealable bag filled with frozen whole strawberries

Step 5: Use frozen strawberries however you’d like!

Yogurt and fruit parfaits with granola and strawberries set on a white plate
Use frozen strawberries to make a compote for yogurt parfaits!

Did you know you can also freeze fresh oranges? Yes! Check out my tutorial on freezing oranges.

How to Use Frozen Strawberries 

Smoothies (use strawberries instead of cherries in this one)

Compotes 

Crisp (swap the cherries out in this gluten-free crisp and use strawberries instead)

Make a soda syrup (use 1 cup frozen strawberries instead of the juice and zest in this recipe)

Photograph of frozen whole strawberries arranged on a baking sheet

Are you planning to use your strawberries within the next few days? If so, learn how to properly store fresh strawberries to make them last longer!

 

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Lauren Grant is a professional culinary food scientist, food writer, recipe developer, and food photographer. Lauren is a previous magazine editor and test kitchen developer and has had work published in major national publications including Diabetic Living Magazine, Midwest Living Magazine, Cuisine at Home Magazine, EatingWell.com, AmericasTestKitchen.com, and more.

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