Aldi is the best.
They frequently have strawberries on sale for $1 for a pound. I usually buy one pound, and eat it within two days. Do you think my solution was to slow down my strawberry consumption? Nah. I just bought two pounds, and ate it within three or four days.
Anyway, I have been making a lot of fruit smoothies lately. In order to avoid using the frozen whole strawberries that cause my mini food processor to behave as if it is demon-possessed, I decided to stock up on fresh strawberries and freeze them myself. Why go through the effort?
- It is cheaper. A 1-lb bag of frozen strawberries costs $2.19. Fresh strawberries were on sale for $1/lb. That’s a lot of savings.
- I could slice the fresh strawberries before freezing them so that they do not fight with my food processor. I fear the day that my food processor loses the battle.
- It tastes better! I only froze the ripest strawberries, and I could definitely tell the difference in my morning’s smoothie.
- Efficiency in the morning. By pre-measuring out 1 cup amounts and freezing it separately, I have one less thing to do in the morning to make my smoothie.
The process was pretty simple. I soaked the strawberries in a cold water and vinegar bath for a few minutes, then drained, rinsed, and dried them. I then cut off the tops of the strawberries and any bad spots. Then I sliced the strawberries and dumped them into a 1-cup measuring cup. When the cup was full, I dumped it into a Ziploc and sealed it after removing as much air as possible. I then shook the bag to flatten the strawberries out smoothly, so that the bags would freeze in a thin, flat shape that fits better into my cramped freezer. I froze approximately 3 pounds of strawberries.