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    • comping cat
    • By comping cat 21st Mar 06, 11:25 AM
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    • 21st Mar 06, 11:25 AM
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    • 21st Mar 06, 11:25 AM
    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
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    • 21st Mar 06, 11:27 AM
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    • 21st Mar 06, 11:27 AM
    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
    • By Anne_Marie 21st Mar 06, 11:29 AM
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    • 21st Mar 06, 11:29 AM
    Freezing strawberries
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    • 21st Mar 06, 11:29 AM
    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.
    • calleyw
    • By calleyw 21st Mar 06, 11:32 AM
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    • 21st Mar 06, 11:32 AM
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    • 21st Mar 06, 11:32 AM
    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.


    Yours


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    • rumblytum
    • By rumblytum 21st Mar 06, 11:41 AM
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    • 21st Mar 06, 11:41 AM
    Freezing Strawbs
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    • 21st Mar 06, 11:41 AM
    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
  • Shez
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    • 21st Mar 06, 11:56 AM
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    • 21st Mar 06, 11:56 AM
    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!
  • Shez
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    • 21st Mar 06, 11:57 AM
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    • 21st Mar 06, 11:57 AM
    Incidently - is it best to freeze them in a bag or a box?
  • mirakl
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    • 21st Mar 06, 11:57 AM
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    • 21st Mar 06, 11:57 AM
    I can't resist freezing strawberries and making Starwberry daiquiris and smoothies and they taste amazing!
  • Wendrie
    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"....
  • skipkoo
    Freezing strawberries?
    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
    • troll35
    • By troll35 21st Apr 06, 5:37 PM
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    Strawberries go a bit mushy when they are defrosted so they are not much use as a garnish to a dish. However they will still be fine for smoothies etc.
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    • Wolfhound
    • By Wolfhound 22nd Apr 06, 5:36 AM
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    It's such a shame that one of our best fruit's doesn't freeze that well. Smoothies are the best option for Strawberries, you're lucky to have any left to freeze
    • 1012donna
    • By 1012donna 22nd Apr 06, 7:12 AM
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    Someone once told me that if you put strawberries in a tub and sprinkle sugar over them then they freeze fine but I haven't done it so not sure if it works or not.
    • Chell
    • By Chell 22nd Apr 06, 7:55 AM
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    I used to blend strawberries then freeze them to give to my kids when they are were weaning. They became very runny, ideal for smoothies or pouring on ice cream etc.
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    • moggins
    • By moggins 22nd Apr 06, 9:46 AM
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    I don't even thaw my strawberries for smoothies, I just put them straight into the smoothie maker with milk, yoghurt and a couple of bananas, the smoothie comes out lovely and cold
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  • skipkoo
    Thanks everybody I have just chopped them up a bit and frozen them! Like Moggins suggested, I will probably just put them straight in the smoothie jug with bannanas and whatever else I have.
    Skipkoo
    • fannyadams
    • By fannyadams 22nd Apr 06, 6:44 PM
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    you could make Black Saturns FAMOUS cobbler with them!
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    • JillD
    • By JillD 17th Aug 07, 9:10 PM
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    cheapest strawberries ? and freezing them ?
    I woud like to get a massive load of strawberries to freeze so I can easily chuck a few in with some milk and banana etc of a morning for a smoothie

    Whats the cheapest way to buy them - supermarket, pick your own, farmers market, farm store-y type place ?

    And once I buy them I presume I can just wash and hull them and freeze them like that ?
    How long will they be ok for in the freezer ?

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  • Penny-Pincher!!
    OH went to Sainsburys last night and bought 4 boxes reduced to 10p each..top and tailed them and froze into bags with reduced bananas and pineapple for smoothies.

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