Making your Strawberries last all summer
Strawberry season is wrapping up in Florida. As the second largest strawberry producer in the country, Florida strawberries are sweet and juicy ways to celebrate winter turning into spring. At the end of the end of the harvest, don't let the final weathered fruit go to the wayside. Here 8 ways besides fresh strawberries that can cherished long past strawberry u-pick season.
1. Freezing. Wash and dry and the berries. Remove the tops, and place into a resealable bag. Suck out all the air before sealing. Place this bag into a second bag, and remove air before sealing and putting into the freezer. The double bagging will help prevent dehydration from moisture loss. Shelf life: 6 months.
2. Strawberry Jam- Try a small batch of homemade strawberry jam. Even if you don't can and process the jam, you can still keep in the refrigerator for 2-3 months. Properly canned and processes jars have a shelf life of approximately 1 year. To can or put up the sauce check out Home Canning Tips and Techniques