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Frozen Strawberries: How to DIY to Prevent Mushiness

Compiled by Vicki McClure Davidson

 

Strawberries are the tantalizing jewels of the summer, one of the best, juiciest, tastiest things about the hotter months. Freezing strawberries usually results in fruit that becomes mushy and slushy when defrosted. This is a real shame when they are available in vast and inexpensive quantities during the summer, but you want strawberries in the middle of January. There's no need to force-feed them to your family during the height of their growing season, though.

While strawberries can become mushy when frozen, here's a method that helps preserve their original texture. | Photo credit: iStock
While strawberries can become mushy when frozen, here's a method that helps preserve their original texture.

The Food Network website has a terrific freezing method to keep strawberries as close to their original state as possible. It is super-easy and uses dry ice.

Wash strawberries and place in a paper towel-lined colander. Cover with another paper towel and place in the refrigerator for 4 hours.

Break the dry ice into small pieces. Toss the pieces with the berries in a large bowl. Place all into a container and cover with a towel. Place this in a cooler for 25 to 30 minutes.

Remove berries and put into sealable bags and store in the freezer.

While freezing will still change the texture of the strawberries, this technique will preserve them as best as possible.

 

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Source: Food Network website, (www.foodnetwork.com).