On Monday, Kathryn and I had fun putting up 8 gallons of strawberries together! This is how we did it:
Step 1: Put strawberries in a large dishpan, and fill with cold water. Let them sit for a few minutes.
Step 2: Drain the berries in a colander.
Step 3: Stem them. We used sharp knives. Take as little of the berry as possible.
Step 4: Put strawberries through the food processor with a slicing blade. Or, you can quarter them.
Step 5: Put 4 c. of sliced berries in a glass measuring cup and stir 1/4 c. of sugar. Be sure to stir gently or they will get mushed.
Step 6: Pour strawberries into a labeled quart-sized FREEZER plastic bag and gently squeeze air out. Make sure you don’t get any juice on the zipper of the bag, or it will not seal and the berries will leak in your freezer!
Step 7: Place bags on a flat tray in a single layer and put in the freezer. When they are frozen, you can take the tray out.
The berries are now ready to be used in your favorite dessert or salad. We like to use them, along with a quart of frozen peaches, 1 cup of frozen blueberries, and 3-4 fresh bananas, to make a yummy breakfast.
“Who can find a virtuous woman? … She worketh willingly with her hands. She is like the merchants’ ships; she bringeth her food from afar. (Proverbs 31: 10, 13, 14)