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How to Freeze Strawberries

If you wondering about how you can effectively preserve your strawberries and keep them fresh long after the season for strawberries is over, then this guide is for you, in this guide you will learn how you can effectively store your strawberry fruit and use them for making recipes such as smoothies even after summer.

I am sure every one will find it great to always have some strawberries and bananas available for making smoothies. I have mentioned these two because they are the staples for most of the smoothie recipes I have. Freezing strawberries is quite a lot easier than you think it is. Strawberries can be frozen whole, sliced, or crushed. For making my smoothies, I like to freeze my strawberries whole.

By having some frozen fruits such as bananas and strawberries handy, you are always guaranteed that the basic smoothie ingredients are within reach for any surprise guest or for a late night snack.

The best period to source your strawberries is during summer, i like to buy mine from the local farmers market. Select strawberries that are dark red, firm, and fully ripened. Do not not select strawberries that are moldy, damaged, or discolored.

Dip the selected strawberry fruits in lemon juice. The lemon juice helps the strawberry fruit retain some of its original coloration. Of course there are many great ways you can use your frozen strawberries for besides smoothies, like sauces for fruit salad, pancakes, frozen margarita, jams.

Now pack the strawberries in zip-lock bags and place them in your refrigerator, you should put them in a refrigerator where the will freeze completely.  Freezing strawberries does not sterilize them, but the cold prevents microorganism growth which is the cause for food spoilage. Properly frozen strawberries will contain most of their taste and nutritional value.

Spiked Cherry Sweet Tea

Ingredients You will need to make this very simple sweet tea syrup

1 cup of water
10 teaspoonful of sugar
½ cup fresh, pitted cherries

Ingredients You will need to make this very simple sweet tea syrup

3 bags black tea
8 cups water

Cherry simple syrup

Ingredients for Cherry simple syrup

Cherries, for garnish
Lemon wedges
One and half ounces of rum (optional)

HOW TO PREPARE
To prepare this simple syrup, gather all the ingredients, put them in a small saucepan and heat until it boils. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes; cool and strain.For the tea, combine the water and tea bags in a large, seal-able jar. Set by place with a bit of exposure to the sun and allow to steep for several hours. To serve, pour tea into ice-filled glasses, then stir in cherry simple syrup to desired sweetness. Squeeze the juice from one lemon wedge into each glass and add rum, if desire. Stir and garnish with cherries.

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