Preserving Your Strawberry Harvest and 70+ Paleo Friendly Recipes to Try

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Learn How to Freeze and Dehydrate Fresh Strawberries Plus 70+ Paleo-friendly Strawberry Recipes to Try | This is so good...It’s strawberry season in Michigan and that means it’s time to stock up on my favorite berry!  My local u-pick sells them for $1.75 a pound, so I buy a bunch and then get to work preserving them for use throughout the year.  Let me show you how to preserve your u-pick strawberries by freezing or dehydrating them!

My favorite way to preserve fresh strawberries is to freeze them.  Frozen berries are perfect for smoothies, baking into cobblers or pies, or making a quick strawberry sauce for gluten-free pancakes or waffles.

There are a few steps to successfully freezing the berries, but once you get going, it’s quick work!

First up, you need to wash your strawberries.  I use a 3 to 1 ratio of filtered water to white vinegar.  I like to do this in a large bowl, but feel free to use a very clean sink if you are processing a large batch of berries.  This ratio is best for destroying mold spores and bacteria.  If you choose not to freeze your berries, cleaning them this way will extend their shelf life in your fridge (just make sure they are very dry before storing them).

Dump the berries into the water/vinegar mixture and swish them around, removing dirt, loose leaves, and any little critters that may be hanging on!

Learn How to Freeze and Dehydrate Fresh Strawberries Plus 70+ Paleo-friendly Strawberry Recipes to Try | This is so good...Next, place the strawberries in a colander and rinse with cold water.  Pat them dry with a towel.  Although I haven’t tried using a salad spinner lined with paper towels, I’ve seen this method mentioned several times.  I’m going to give it a try this year.

Then you will need to line a baking sheet with parchment paper and make sure you have room in your freezer to fit the baking sheet.  Trim the stems from the berries (make sure to check out the posts below on what you can do with strawberry stems) and spread the berries out on the baking sheet.  I let them sit for an hour or two to make sure they are really dry and then I place them in the freezer.  Once they are frozen, you can place them into freezer bags and they won’t stick together.

Learn How to Freeze and Dehydrate Fresh Strawberries Plus 70+ Paleo-friendly Strawberry Recipes to Try | This is so good...This same method works if you would like to cut the berries into smaller pieces for use in pies or cobblers, just make sure they are completely frozen before placing them into the bags.  This will keep the berries from clumping together.  You can also use this method for blueberries, raspberries, or blackberries.

My second favorite method for preserving strawberries is my dehydrator.  I slice the berries about a 1/2 inch think and line the dehydrator trays with them.  Set the dehydrator to 135 degrees and let it go for 6-12 hours.  I like them when they are still slightly pliable, but pretty dried out.  I store them in Mason jars in my pantry.  They are perfect for snacking, mixing into homemade trail mix, or topping a gluten-free breakfast porridge.

So now that you have all these beautiful strawberries from your local u-pick, it’s time to try out some new recipes!  All of the following are Paleo friendly, although some contain gluten-free grains or raw dairy.  Enjoy!!

Breakfast:

Desserts:

Strawberry Coconut Bites |This is so good...Drinks and Smoothies:

All About Maca (An Endocrine Adaptogen) and A Recipe for Strawberry Mango Maca Smoothie | This is so good...Drinks for Adults:

Frozen Treats

Strawberry Basil Popsicles (Dairy-free, Nut-free Option, Vegan/Vegetarian Option) | This is so good...Salads:

Soups:

Jams and Jellies

Don’t Throw Away Those Strawberry Tops!

What is your favorite way to eat strawberries?  Do you take advantage of your local u-picks?  Tell me about it in the comments!
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18 Comments:

  1. Yum. We love strawberries .What a great list.

  2. We have so many strawberries right now, so this is a GREAT roundup! Thanks for sharing my Strawberry Vinegar post, too– we have some brewing right now, and it’s so good as a salad dressing!

    • You’re welcome! I just made some of your vinegar today after prepping my berries for the freezer. Can’t wait to try it!

  3. Perfect timing for the strawberry season! Great recipes!

  4. Wow, what a GREAT collection!!! Pinned as an excellent resource! 🙂

  5. Great recipes! I love strawberry picking and now I will never run out of what to do with them!

  6. This is such an awesome collection! Thanks for including some of my recipes. xo

  7. My problem is most of the strawberries never make it to my kitchen from the garden! I never thought of dehydrating them.

  8. What an excellent round up of strawberry recipes! Strawberries always seem to have such a short season, it makes sense to preserve them for later in the year.

  9. I love this list. I hope to use some of these recipes when I have an abundance of strawberries.

  10. LOVE all these ways to use strawberries. Unfortunately here in FL, our strawberry season was only 3 weeks but I still have some in our freezer. Thank you for including my recipe.

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