While out and about with my husband this weekend, we decided to stop off at a Discount Grocery store. And boy am I glad we did!!
We came across flats of strawberries (12 pints, those little green containers) for $10. We love our strawberries around here, especially our 3 yo, Noah. He could probably eat his weight in them, which is not a small feat!
Even though we could eat massive amounts of them, I knew that we wouldn’t be able to eat all of them before they went bad. What to do?
Freeze those babies.
I sliced off the tops and rinsed/drained them. Then put them in a single layer on a pizza pan (a cookie sheet would work, too) and placed them in the freezer to freeze them individually.
Once they were somewhat frozen, I placed them in quart sized Ziploc bags in a single layer and removed all the air. Then I layed them flat in my freezer–and voila! When I need just 5 strawberries for a smoothie, or for strawberry pancake sauce, or whatever your little heart desires, pull out as many as you need without messing with a big clump.
We ate a bunch before I froze them, and I saved back about 3 pints to eat throughout the week, and I still managed to get 6 quart sized baggies of strawberries. Hopefully this will last us until we can get a crop ourselves. If not, well, I’m already toying with the idea of going back and getting more.
Photo Source: I Farm 4 U
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