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#1 Old 06-23-2008, 08:03 AM
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I recently picked like a whole bunch of strawberries & am trying to figure out how to keep them from disintegrating quickly. It's been a few days & they're getting wrinkly & not looking as good as when I picked. How do I keep them or freeze them?



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#2 Old 06-23-2008, 08:48 AM
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I wouldn't keep them longer than 2 days (in the fridge), if possible it is best to eat them fresh i. e. the same day or the next.

You can also cut them into pieces (halves/quarters depending on size) and mix them with some sugar to make sort of an instant compote (use quickly too).

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I wouldn't freeze them now if they already have gone wrinkly, next time if you have picked more than you can eat, freeze them right away.
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I went strawberry picking this year too and I had strawberries everywhere. I made a zillion things with them and when I could eat another strawberry I dehydrated them and froze them.



At this point, I would slice and freeze them or puree them and make smoothies or daquiries pronto
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I just went strawberry picking the other day--and picked 16 quarts! I think that there is a lot of freezer jam in my future!!
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I usually stem them and lay them on a cookie sheet and freeze them and put them in bags. Mind you I go through them so quick they don't have time to go bad. I usually use them in smoothies and stuff.
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You could bake a pie or a crisp or something. Mmm Dessert.

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I slice them, stick them in quart bags, and freeze them. Quick and easy. The texture's not good enough for plain snacking (the sugar helps with that if you use it), but I can just thaw out one bag a day all winter and get a fresh strawberry taste.........or close at least.
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I usually stem them and lay them on a cookie sheet and freeze them and put them in bags. Mind you I go through them so quick they don't have time to go bad. I usually use them in smoothies and stuff.





Stem them? Cookie sheet, really?
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Stem them? Cookie sheet, really?



"Stem them" means to remove the green part which is much easier when they are fresh than after they have been frozen.



Freezing stuff on a cookie sheet is a common technique because if you just through the fresh berries in a back into the freezer, they will all freeze to each other. If you freeze a layer on a cookie sheet and then put them in bag, they will stay separated in the freezer.
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I wouldn't keep them longer than 2 days (in the fridge), if possible it is best to eat them fresh i. e. the same day or the next.

You can also cut them into pieces (halves/quarters depending on size) and mix them with some sugar to make sort of an instant compote (use quickly too).

Click -> How to freeze strawberries

I wouldn't freeze them now if they already have gone wrinkly, next time if you have picked more than you can eat, freeze them right away.



The site says they lose their shape and texture when freezing them. Do they maintain the same nutrients when you freeze them?
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The site says they lose their shape and texture when freezing them. Do they maintain the same nutrients when you freeze them?



I have heard they maintain nutrients better when frozen than if they are left out for more than a few days after picking when unfrozen.
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#12 Old 06-24-2008, 11:26 AM
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The site says they lose their shape and texture when freezing them. Do they maintain the same nutrients when you freeze them?

They will get mushy, but the nutrients, as Bios said, are actully better preserved if frozen immeditely, than sitting out for a few days... same reason frozen veggies actually have more nutrients than fresh, a lot of the time.



They hold their shape and color and stay firmer if sliced and mixed with a light sugar syrup before freezing. Which I realize most people don't want - but then you just thaw and use like any other berries - put on pancakes, waffles, cake, in smoothies, on cereal, etc...
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You should definitely make Kittee's strawberry pie. Oh, yes, indeed! It's fantastic! And wonderful for summer since it's not a baked pie. Just pull it out the fridge and have a piece while dangling your footsies in the pool.



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