I was rummaging through our freezer trying to consume â€œoldâ€ stuff (fearing the situation where an aunt found a duck that had been in her deep freeze for over 6 years, yikes!) when I came across some frozen strawberries that I made over 2 months ago at the height of the strawberry season. To freeze strawberries at the peak of ripeness, wash them and hull their stems and place on a metal tray that will fit in your freezer. Place in the freezer and when totally frozen, transfer them to a ziplog bag and store in a cold part of the freezer. What can you do with the frozen berries? You can make dessert sauces with them, thaw them and eat them mushy with whipped cream or make them into strawberry milkshakes or smoothiesâ€¦
To make a smoothie put lots of milk in a blender, add slightly defrosted berries, sugar, a ripe banana (optional) and some ice if you want it less thick. Blitz this with the blender on high and voila, a yummy cool summer drink that kids and adults alike really seem to enjoy. This is a good way to get young kids to eat some fruit without it being too obviousâ€¦my daughter likes to have these smoothies with her breakfast. If you want it creamier, try adding a scoop or two of good vanilla ice cream.