Are you looking to learn how to freeze strawberries for smoothies? – We often buy reduced fruit such as strawberries and freeze them for various purposes.
Buying reduced strawberries, or freezing strawberries before they go bad is a really easy way to save you money on food.
Including smoothies in strawberries is a great idea, and better yet it’s super easy to do!
Tools & Equipment For Freezing Food
These are my tried and tested tools and equipment for freezing food.
Whether it’s fresh fruits or completely prepared meals these tools will make the process easier, and the food last longer and taste better!
Containers – We opt for glass containers as they are better for the environment, much higher quality and don’t stain like plastic, however they are an investment.
So if you’re short on money buy high-quality plastic containers in the meantime.
Just be sure that you buy your containers in a range of sizes as you’ll be using them to freeze and store a range of different foods.
Ziplock Bags – Invest in quality freezer bags and they’ll help keep out air, prevent frost and keep your food fresh for longer.
The majority of the high-quality ziplock bags come with a small area for you to write information about the food (i.e. what it is, when it was frozen and defrosting instructions) on the bag.
Ice Cube Trays – Ice cube trays can help you freeze more than just water. Instead, we use them for freezing small portions of food such as egg whites, tomato sauce, pesto etc.
Simply add the food to the tray, freeze and once frozen pop the food out and into a ziplock bag, then you can simply take one or two portions of food out and defrost as needed.
Foil Baking Containers – We use foil baking containers when we’re batch cooking frozen meals.
They are affordable, durable and come in a variety of sizes allowing you to portion out or put everything in one large container to be cooked at a later date.
If all that wasn’t enough, the majority of meals are safe to be cooked in the oven with the foil container. This reduces the amount of hassle, time and washing up you’ll have to do – winner!
How To Freeze Strawberries For Smoothies
Once you’ve purchased your berries you’ll want to wash them with cool water.
Personally, I like to do this in a colander. Simply put the berries into the colander and then wash them letting the water drain through.
Then you’ll want to lay the berries on a towel to dry.
This is the perfect time to remove any stalks from the strawberries and remove any damaged strawberries from the pile.
If you remove the stems before washing, then water can go inside the berry affecting the texture and flavour.
Once your berries have dried you’ll want to put them onto a baking tray and slide them into the freezer until they are frozen solid – this usually takes between 6 to 12 hours.
Once the strawberries are frozen you’ll want to transfer them into a freezer bag or freezer container.
I suggest measuring the berries with a measuring cup so you can write on the bag or container how many measurements are in the bag.
Ideally, you’ll want to store them in servings i.e. if your strawberry smoothie recipe requires two cups of strawberries you’ll put the frozen strawberries in containers or bags with two cups in each.
How To Thaw Frozen Strawberries
When it comes to thawing your strawberries you might find that they lose their shape and some of their juices.
To minimise this I suggest placing the freezer bag on a baking sheet or in a bowl just in case the bags leak.
Defrosting frozen strawberries in the fridge is quick and easy. Simply move the container of the strawberries from the freezer into the fridge and leave them to naturally thaw for around six hours.
Alternatively, you can place the container or bag of frozen strawberries in a larger container filled with ice-cold water. This method can take anything from ten minutes to an hour.
You can defrost strawberries in the microwave if your microwave has a defrost setting. The time this takes will vary so I suggest checking on the strawberries every minute until they are fully thawed.