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Freezing Strawberries

edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Old Style MoneySaving
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ShezShez Forumite
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edited 30 November -1 at 1:00AM in Old Style MoneySaving
Silly questions I know - but can you freeze strawberries? or do they not defrost too well - e.g. go watery??

They've got some half price spanish strawberries in Lidl, gorgeous DD loves them! thought about getting them and freezing them for her.
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  • comping_catcomping_cat Forumite
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    If you are wanting to freeze them, and then use them in cooking they will be fine. Last time i froze strawberries they came out all mushy, and not at all appertising, fine for a cobbler/crumble, not fresh with cream and sugar!!!!
  • Heth_2Heth_2 Forumite
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    I agree with catowen. MIL and FIL grow lots of strawberries and when we moved in together they gave us a few boxes of frozen ones. They were ok used in cooking, and we also juiced some to make cocktails, but not that great by themselves.
  • Anne_Marie_2Anne_Marie_2 Forumite
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    They don't hold their shape well, and tend to go a bit mushy, but fine if you are using them to make a strawberry sauce, or jam, whatever.
    Raspberries on the other hand do freeze really well, so if you ever get them reduced, freeze away.
  • calleywcalleyw Forumite
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    I buy frozen fruits like strawberries and raspberries. I tend to use them for desserts with icecream or custard etc and they are fine. They do lose a bit of shape. But you expect that when they are frozen.


    And it is not like you are trying to palm them off as being fresh anyway.


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  • rumblytumrumblytum Forumite
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    Hi Shez,

    I agree with the other posters. You can freeze them, but they will be VERY mushy when they defrost.

    They can be cooked with, or used in smoothies/juice/milkshakes from frozen, though.

    If you ever see blueberries on special offer (exceptionally good for you, but v. expensive!), then they freeze brilliantly.

    HTH

    rumbly
  • ShezShez Forumite
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    Thanks all for your responses - yes it was as i guessed that they would go watery when defrosted.

    Didnt really want them for milkshakes, DD just loves to eat them whole - usually by the box load!!!! :) they're so cheap at 79p at the moment instead of the usual £2-£3 I have been paying lately.

    Good idea about the jam, do you need loads and loads of them to make a substantial amount - I do have a breadmaker that has a jam setting - better go read the bread making recipe thread now!!

    thanks all!
  • ShezShez Forumite
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    Incidently - is it best to freeze them in a bag or a box?
  • miraklmirakl Forumite
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    I can't resist freezing strawberries and making Starwberry daiquiris and smoothies and they taste amazing!
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  • WendrieWendrie Forumite
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    I freeze all berries/small edible things on greaseproof paper on a baking tray for a few minutes - then tip them into a bag or box (which ever will fit into the space in the freezer best). Then when you want some you can pull out a hand full. I have to confess tho I don't do strawberries as is - ice cream, jam or sauce usually. But the frozen strawberry drinks might be worth a rethink of my habits. Nigella Lawson describes them as "frozen slugs"....
  • skipkooskipkoo Forumite
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    I have some strawberries that I bought a couple of days ago (special offer!) but they are not lasting very well. The main reason for buying them is to make smoothies for my son, so I was wondering if anyone here had frozen strawberries and if so, what was the affect on them? To make the smoothies i just put them in a jug with banana and maybe a kiwi or some blueberries and blitz them altogether with my hand blender.
    Any advice would be great :)
    skipkoo
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