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Prudent Pantry: Freezing Strawberries

I still have strawberries coming in from my garden.

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Strawberries

As much as I enjoy strawberry jam I only want to have so many jars in the pantry for consumption and gifts!

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Strawberry Jam

We’ve been enjoying the strawberries for dessert and for breakfast and I still have some left. What to do? I decided to freeze a few bags. How wonderful it is to enjoy the fresh taste of strawberries in the middle of winter. One of my mother’s famous desserts is a homemade pound cake with strawberries!

Berries are so easy to freeze.  Wash, core,  and slice, cut in half or freeze whole.

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Coring strawberries

Sweeten to taste with honey or a little sugar. To freeze sweetened strawberries first slice the berries into a bowl, then toss gently with honey syrup or sugar and pack into your freezer container or bag.

To freeze whole strawberries, simply place them on a baking sheet and freeze until hard. This was the method I decided to use.

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Place berries on a cookie sheet.

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Frozen strawberries.

Then transfer the berries to freezer bags.

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Sealing strawberries with a FoodSaver.

Once my strawberries were frozen solid I used my food sealer to keep them as fresh as possible.

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Ready for the freezer!

If I didn’t have 12 meat birds coming in a few weeks to fill my freezer I think I would freeze more strawberries!

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Recipe Box: Wild Strawberry Spice Muffins

Every year our fields are full of wild strawberries.

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Wild Field Strawberries

They are tiny but full of flavor.

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Tiny Strawberries

However it takes a lot of time to pick a cup or two, which is generally what you need to make muffins. Our pug, Purtie, used to spend hours grazing eating every little strawberry she could find.

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Purtie, our beloved pug.

We sure miss her but we are able to find a lot more strawberries this year.  My husband was sweet enough to spend some time and picked me a full cup of strawberries.

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Cup of prepared berries

In exchange I made him a batch of his favorite muffins. I’m sure they would be wonderful with blueberries or regular strawberries but we just love them made with the wild strawberries.

Wild Strawberry Spice Muffins

1 ¾ cup flour
½ cup sugar
2 ½ tsp baking powder
¾ tsp cinnamon
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp ground nutmeg
1 egg, lightly beaten
¾ cup milk
1/3 cup butter
1 cup wild strawberries

Topping (optional)

1 Tbsp sugar
¼ tsp cinnamon

In a bowl, combine all the dry ingredients. Combine the egg and milk. Add the egg mixture and butter to the dry ingredients; stir just until moistened. Fold in the strawberries.

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Gently fold in strawberries

Fill greased or paper lined muffin cups two-thirds full.

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Muffin tin filled two-thirds full.

Combine the topping ingredients and sprinkle over the batter. Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes. Cool for five minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack. Makes 1 dozen.

Enjoy!

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Wild Strawberry Spice Muffin

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