Rumor has it there is a bumper crop of strawberries coming out of Florida lately, so prices are running a little lower than last year. Bad news for the farmers – great news for those of us crazy for smoothies! The warm weather has also reportedly upped the sugar content making the berries sweeter than in the past. Frozen strawberries add a luscious creamy texture to smoothies and when combined with pineapple, banana and spinach, it’s pure delight!
All winter I waited patiently for Spring’s delivery of this lovely fruit, so when organic strawberries began to arrive at Costco a few weeks ago, I knew what I had to do – buy in bulk and freeze so I could enjoy the berries all winter long! This is definitely a cost-saving measure as organic frozen berries run about $4.00 per pound compared to these at $2.80.
The process is really quick and easy:
- Wash the berries and cut the stems off,
- Place the berries on a cookie sheet,
- Allow them to dry to avoid freezer burn,
- Place the cookie sheet in the freezer for a couple of hours,
- When they are frozen, place strawberries into freezer bags,
- label and store for up to one year.