The end of strawberry picking season is fast approaching, so you have limited time to enjoy the fresh sweet taste of ripe berries. However, if you’ve stocked up on pick-your-own strawberries, you’re probably looking for ways to make them last longer so that you can enjoy them in different recipes. Here are some important tips for how to store and freeze fresh strawberries!
Storing the Strawberries
After you go strawberry picking in Toronto or Vaughan, you can store the fruit in the fridge for up to three to five days. If you choose to freeze the berries, they can last for about two months. When you pick your strawberries, pick them with some of the stem still attached. If you don’t plan to eat them right away, place them in the fridge. Line a shallow bowl or rimmed plate with a few layers of paper towel and place the strawberries on top. By storing them this way, they will stay fresh for a few days until you’re ready to wash and eat them. The paper towel will keep them dry, so they don’t soak up moisture and get mushy.
Freezing the Strawberries
If you are planning to freeze the berries and eat them at a later date in a recipe, wash them and allow them to drain for a few minutes in a colander. Slice off the green stems and leaves, and then hull/core the berries. If you have small strawberries, leave them whole, but slice larger ones into halves or quarters. Spread out the berries on a large baking sheet or plate and put them in the freezer for two hours. This keeps the berries separate so they don’t stick together while getting frozen. After this time, you can transfer the strawberries into freezer bags or containers. Be sure to label and date the container, so you know how long you can use them.
Pick Your Own Berries at Robintide Farms
Now that the summer is coming to end, strawberry season has ended too. But if you were lucky enough to visit our pick-your-own strawberry farm in the GTA, the abovementioned storage tips will probably come in handy!
Robintide Farms is a family-owned farm, and for over 50 years we have provided farm-fresh food and agricultural products, as well as horse breeding, training, and boarding services to our customers. We serve the Greater Toronto Area from Brampton to Markham and Toronto, and we are dedicated to providing fresh, healthy, and appetizing farm products to our customers.
Robintide Farms is the perfect place to take your family any day of the week or weekend to show them where their food comes from, how it is produced, and what its benefits are. Starting at the end of September, we will be re-opening for pick-your-own pumpkins and vegetables, and fun-filled activities like corn mazes.
If you are looking for farm-fresh products near you, then come and pick your own food at our farm in the GTA. You’ll love visiting us!