Strawberry season has pretty much come to an end around Iron Oak Farm. I've also finished putting up the berries so we can enjoy them throughout the year.
I made freezer jam for the first time this year. It was so easy! I may never go back to canning strawberry jam again! Plus I really like the fresh flavor of the freezer jam. My recipe doesn't require any cooking, so you get that "just picked" taste.
I also dehydrated a few racks of berries. I've never had much luck dehydrating strawberries before...they always turn too crispy and stick to the trays. I realized that I was slicing the berries too thin. This year I cut each berry into thirds and it worked much better.
I also made a Strawberry Pie
Strawberry Lemonade Concentrate
and froze what little berries we had left.
Before freezing, I let the berries dry out quite a bit in the fridge in a Ziploc bag with paper towels to absorb extra moisture.
Then I froze the berries laid out on a cookie sheet. When the berries were frozen, I put them into a Ziploc bag in the freezer. This method of freezing allows me to grab a few berries to add to smoothies without having to thaw out the whole bag.