June 25, 2015

strawberry picking & freezing the berries


strawberries always signify the start of summer for me.  to celebrate my good friend & i always go strawberry picking.  it's a tradition we started a few years ago & something i always look forward to doing with her.


this year we decided to mix it up a little, going to an organic farm north of the city (normally we head down to the niagara region) to organics family farm.  i don't know if it's because they are organic, or this years crop is extra good, because this years berries are amazing!


freezing strawberries is a great way to enjoy the delicious little fruits when they are out of season.  they work well in smoothies, baked goods, or thawed with a little sugar as a nice treat.  i've shared a few tips on how to freeze them.

      
[you will need]

colander
paring knife
wax paper
baking sheet
freezer bags
labels, tags &/or a sharpie marker
berries

[tips]

- look for plump berries vibrant in colour. they are ripe and will taste the best once frozen.
- wash the berries & pat dry to remove excess water.
- lay the berries flat, hull side down, on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper.  make sure none are touching. this will prevent them from sticking together.
- leave the berries in the freezer overnight, so that they can freeze solid.
- remove as much air from the bag as possible. this helps prevent freezer burn.
- the next day, package berries in freezer bags.  fill each bag with a measured amount (1 or 2 cup increments work well) so that measuring is done for when you need them.
- label each bag with the freezer date

happy freezing!


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