Freezing Strawberries

strawberriesInexplicably, this year has been great for my little strawberry patch. I’ve been collecting about two quarts a night and it just keeps on giving.  In contrast, the asparagus is weak and sparing. I put straw on both of them in early spring and I suspect that is more appreciated by berries than it is by asparagus.

Anyway, I had two bowls of strawberries in the fridge and worried the precious morsels would get tired and mushy from neglect. I looked on the trusty internet and found that all you have to do to freeze strawberries is wash, dry, remove the stems, and freeze them in a single layer on a tray.

The pan is now in the bottom of our chest freezer and when they are solid I’ll vacuum-seal them into pint-sized quantities to enjoy this winter. Then, I’ll just have to remember to use them! I already made four batches of freezer jam, so I think I’ve done my part as a farm lady.

I took the stems out to the chickens. They know if I come to the door they are in for some sort of a treat, so they were quite eager to meet me there when they heard the tell-tale noises of my approach. It’s nice to be appreciated. I shook the stems out around them and they attacked like a school of piranhas.

I wish I dared to let them out of their run to go free-range. After the fox incident last year, I only let them out once in a while if I know I’ll be within earshot for several hours. They have been a bit mean to each other, picking feathers out resulting in little bald patches. Some of it is due to the roosters, but I believe it is mostly their flock-mates. Some have bare bottoms that look pretty pathetic. I guess that’s just the life of a chicken.

About bluestempond

Hobby farmer living at Bluestem Pond in Michigan.
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2 Responses to Freezing Strawberries

  1. I love freezing summer fruit and berries and then using it later in the year. Right now, I’m especially partial to cherries, which when eaten frozen, are a sweet, cooling summer treat. Big hugs and happy jams!

  2. Ann Coleman says:

    I love strawberries, and they are a special treat in the winter if you’ve taken the time to freeze the fresh ones in early summer. Good for you!

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