Friday, May 25, 2007

Read this article on Freezing Strawberries


There are a variety of ways to freeze strawberries. To freeze fresh strawberries you start by rinsing the strawberries in cold water, hull and remove stems, place them in your colander to drain. Before placing them in your container (about one half inch apart), pat them dry with paper towels or use a salad spinner to remove excess water. Some people like to add water or berry juice.

To sugar pack them, slice them in halves lengthwise and mix about five to six parts of strawberries with one part sugar. Wait about ten minutes for the sugar to dissolve and spoon them into your containers to freeze.

Strawberries syrup packed: Start by spooning your berries into your container(s), depending on the amount of strawberries you have to freeze. The next step is creating your mix. Mix 50 percent syrup and water into a saucepan and bring it to a boil. Let it boil for about one minute then pour the syrup over the strawberries.

Seal and label prior to freezing.

Useful Tips:

* washing berries in ice water helps firm them up,
* when packing, allow some room for expansion,
* cover crushed berries with their own juice,
* to help prevent strawberries from darkening, add ascorbic acid (vitamin C),
* make sure you date your labels and freeze promptly.

Enjoy freezing your strawberries for later use!

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