Research has shown that by regularly including strawberries to your diet, you can reduce the risk of many chronic diseases, improve your heart health and lower blood sugar levels.

It therefore makes perfect sense to freeze strawberries for use during the periods that they are out of season and more expensive, and the freezing process is so easy too.

By freezing strawberries, you will maintain most of the nutritional value and quality of the fruit, but keep in mind that the texture will be much softer and the fruit darker in colour once the fruit has thawed.  We do not recommend that you use the thawed fruit as eye candy, but they are still perfect for smoothies, jams and baking.

For freezing, choose berries that are firm, dark red and fully ripe.  Wash and drain the fruit and remove the stems and caps.  Do not soak the berries as this leads to loss of nutrients and flavour  Dry the fruit properly in single layers with hand towels.

For whole, unsweetened berries, first freeze in a single layer on a baking sheet.  This will keep the berries from sticking together later on.  Once frozen solid, you transfer them to containers or freezer bags.  Try to remove as much air around the strawberries as possible before placing them back in the freezer.

For sweetened strawberries, slice of halve the fruit and for each liter of berries you add ½ a cup of sugar and stir until the sugar is dissolved.  You can lightly crush the berries.  Spoon into container or bags – again removing as much air as possible – and freeze.

Now you can enjoy these delicious fruits year round