We have several pick-your-own strawberry farms in our area. I’ve never made it out to one, but a friend invited me and I went for the first time. It was SO much fun! I took L with me and she just loved it. It was fun being outside, picking fruit, being active and having good conversations with my friend.
I had originally planned to pick two buckets full – enough for our house an to take to E’s school for our snack day. After I filled two buckets I was having too much fun, so we decided to pick two more! My friend had reminded me that I could freeze these and use them for smoothies later. I was sold!
That brings me to what I would like to share with you today – freezing strawberries, and a smoothie recipe. Freezing strawberries is easy and well worth the little time it takes. I’ve put together a video showing step by step, but here’s the general idea:
- Sort your strawberries (keeping out the ones you want to eat fresh).
- Take the greens of of your freezer berries.
- Wash under low running water. I used room-temp water and used my fingers to gently wipe away dirt.
- Put the washed strawberries into a colander to drain.
- Pour them out onto a dish towel to help dry them more. When ice forms on frozen foods it can alter the texture of them.
- Line the strawberries on a cookie sheet – not touching.
- Move to the freezer and let sit for about 24 hours.
- Once frozen solid, move your strawberries to a freezer safe container.
- Pull them out one-by-one as needed and enjoy in smoothies, on cereal, pancakes, in pies or on their own!
And as promised, this is the smoothie recipe that I’ve been enjoying. It serves two and you could easily swap the banana out for any other fruit/s that you enjoy. I think I’m going to try some mango next!
- 10 frozen strawberries
- 1 organic banana cut up
- 8 ice cubes
- 1/2 cup organic greek yogurt
- 1/2 cup organic milk
- 1 tbs. organic sugar
- 2 tbs vanilla extract
Using a food processor (or blender), chop up the ice and frozen strawberries first. Toss in the rest of the ingredients and blend until smooth, or to the desired texture. I like mine fine to be able to use a straw.
If you like a sweeter smoothie you could use vanilla, or other flavored yogurts in place of the greek yogurt.
Do you have a favorite smoothie recipe, with our without strawberries? I’d love to try it! Share your recipes and tips in the comments section below.