Freezing strawberries is super simple and a great way to cut back on food waste. Use frozen strawberries in smoothies, desserts such as ice cream, sorbet, or baked goods and quick bread.
With all the great uses for strawberries in the kitchen and nutritional benefits, we have put together this How To Freeze Whole Strawberries tutorial to help you easily freeze berries in under an hour!
Strawberries are not only an excellent source of vitamin C, folate and potassium, but they are packed with antioxidants and fiber. The perfect snack (fresh or frozen!) to prevent chronic disease and support your family’s immune system. Check out all our favorite strawberry recipes to encourage your family to enjoy berries year-round!
For more helpful kid-friendly guides, check out How To Pound Chicken Thin, How To Boil Chicken Legs, How To Freeze Yogurt, How To Freeze Muffins, How to Freeze Pancakes, How To Cut Watermelon Sticks, How To Cut a Pineapple and more!
These tutorials were built just for kids that cover everything from chopping and measuring to how to use kitchen tools safely. We share simple tricks in each guide that makes cooking in the kitchen even easier for small hands.
Now on to freezing strawberries! Gather the tools and materials then follow the step-by-step directions.
How to Freeze Fresh Strawberries
Learning how to properly freeze strawberries not only eliminates food waste but allows you to have a delicious and healthy snack on hand.
Wash and trim the berries
Place the strawberries into the colander and rinse them well. Place them onto the cutting board and trim off the tops.
Freeze the berries
Place the trimmed and cut strawberries onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Freeze for at least 1 hour. Place into a ziplock bag, remove any air, then freeze.
Frequently Asked Questions
Clean simply by placing them into the colander and rinsing well.
Store whole strawberries unwashed in the fridge for up to a week.
To hull a strawberry means to remove the green leafy top. You can simply slice the tops off with a knife as shown in the pictures or have your kiddos use the kid-friendly straw method. Using a straw, kids can carefully push the straw from the bottom of the berry through the top to remove the leaves.
Strawberry season here in the Midwest ranges from June to July each summer.
Fresh strawberries will last up to a week in the fridge while frozen strawberries will last up to 6 months in the freezer.
Kids In The Kitchen
Cooking tips and suggestions for kids making this recipe.
- When picking strawberries at the store, look for berries that are bright red without mold, bruises or dark spots
- Wash and slice right before eating to extend the shelf life of berries
- Freezing the strawberries on the baking tray prevents the strawberries from freezing together
What to do with fresh strawberries
- Roasted Garlic Strawberry Vinaigrette
- Strawberry Lemon Curd Trifle
- Pink Drink with Strawberry Puree
- Waffle Cone Fruit Cups
- Easy Summer Fruit Salad Recipe (with a dressing)
- Fruit Salsa Recipe with Cinnamon Chips
What to do with frozen strawberries
- Strawberry Smoothie Without Yogurt
- Rainbow Popsicles
- Homemade Strawberry Ice Cream
- Gluten Free Strawberry Bread
- Strawberry Banana Sorbet Recipe
CKC Features both Gluten-Free Guidance and Kids Cooking Instructions: If you’re new to eating gluten-free we understand it’s overwhelming trying to figure out which foods may contain gluten and which ones don’t. All of our gluten-free recipes marked with this symbol ✅ represent foods that need to be checked for gluten or cross-contamination.
The ⭐️ symbol in the recipe below denotes the steps in which kid cooks may need a helper (depending on age). If there is no ⭐️ symbol, that step (or recipe) doesn’t require a helper.
- 1 pound strawberries
- ⭐️Wash and trim the berries. Place the strawberries into the colander and rinse them well. Place them onto the cutting board and trim off the tops. Freeze the berries. Place the trimmed berries onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Freeze for at least 1 hour. Place into a ziplock bag, remove any air, then freeze.1 pound strawberries
- Freeze the berries. Place the trimmed berries onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Freeze for at least 1 hour. Place into a ziplock bag, remove any air, then freeze.
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