May is National Strawberry Month, and it’s time to crank out as many amazing strawberry recipes as you can. Not only do strawberries make recipes look pretty, they have amazing health benefits too! Strawberries are naturally high in vitamin C, which gives skin a healthy glow and boosts your immune system. Frozen strawberries are just as nutritious as fresh ones, and they cut way down on prep time.
Buying frozen strawberries is certainly an option, but have you ever found yourself stuck with several pints of fresh strawberries, and not nearly enough time to eat them before they become overripe? We have, too! Instead of tossing those strawberries, why not freeze them for later and make your own frozen strawberries? Here’s how to make your own frozen strawberries at home:
DIY Frozen Strawberries
1. Wash Your Berries. With a clean rag or paper towel, gently wipe the outside of each strawberry. Alternately, you can spray them with vegetable wash and follow the directions on the container. Just make sure you’ve allowed them to dry completely before moving onto Step 2.
2. Remove the Greens. Hull the berries, slicing the greens from every piece of fruit. Discard the greens and slice the strawberries in half.
3. Add Sugar, If Desired. If you’d like soft, sweet strawberries ready-to-go for dessert toppings, stir in a little sugar. Keep in mind the sugar will make the strawberries wilt, so they may start getting a little weepy as they freeze. Howeever, the sugar will also slow the icing process down, keeping your strawberries from crystalizing as they chill.
4. Zip ‘Em In. Place prepared strawberries in a freezer bag. Don’t overfill the bag! You want to add just enough strawberries to lay them flat in a single-file line with individual fruits separated as much as possible. Too many strawberries sitting in a hunk and you’ll get frozen chunks that are difficult to thaw.
5. Save, Store & Share. Once the strawberries have frozen in ‘single-file’, you can now store the bag any way you please until ready to use. When you need frozen strawberries, simple open the bag and you’ll be able to pour out as many individual frozen berries as you need.
Don’t want to make your own? Check for a coupon for frozen strawberries!
Ready to use those strawberries sitting in your freezer? We’ve found 10 wonderful ways to use frozen strawberries, so you can enjoy their delicious flavor all year long!
1. Strawberry Slushy Pops
Looking for a sweet, tropical treat! If you love the popsicles available from streetside vendors, you’ve got to make our fruit-filled Strawberry Slushy Pops.
Breakfast shouldn’t be complicated, and frozen strawberries make this smoothie simple and healthy. Start your morning off right with a delicious strawberry oatmeal breakfast smoothie.
Make this strawberry cake for any strawberry-lovers in your life. A double dose of strawberries in the cake and frosting
This salty, sweet, and creamy dessert is a dream. Make Judy’s strawberry pretzel salad for the perfect addition to any potluck!
Source: Averie Cooks
There are so many wonderful textures and flavors in every thick bite of these
strawberry lemonade bars. A firm crust, soft filling, juicy strawberries, fragrant lemon zest, and sandy crumbles make this bar a must try.
Source: Artfully Wed
Enough with messy pie! These yummy pie pops are perfectly portable, and will add a special touch to any day.
Source: Homemade Mommy
Give your kids a healthy treat with these homemade fruit snacks. They taste great and are loaded with good-for-you ingredients.
Source: Neighbor Food Blog
Frozen strawberry lemonade pie makes a light, fluffy, and refreshing dessert. No need to turn on your oven for this easy no-bake gluten-free frozen treat.
Source: Very Best Baking
With only four ingredients and 90 calories, you’ll want to make this incredible strawberries and cream sherbet again and again. When the summer heat has you dragging, make this simple recipe for a sweet cooldown.
These strawberry frozen yogurt squares are healthy enough for breakfast, yet taste like an indulgent treat. Made with just five ingredients, these easy-to-make bars pack in protein, calcium, and vitamins.