Here’s the best way to freeze strawberries (whole or cut) to enjoy all year long. This easy process takes just 5 minutes. It’s the best way to preserve a bunch of berries in strawberry season or keep ripe strawberries you don’t plan to use from being tossed.

Pro Tip: Use this method with strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, or raspberries.

Want to freeze blueberries? Check out my frozen blueberry tutorial.

Fresh strawberries in a container
Enjoy fresh berries all year long with this easy preserving/freezing method.

What You’ll Love About This Easy Freezing Method

  • SAVE MONEY & SAVOR THE SEASON – Freezing produce is a great way to preserve fruit in its season, save money, and rescue produce that may go bad before you consume it. I’m also also a huge fan of frozen vegetables!
  • ALL FRUITS WELCOME – This method works for all other fresh berries, along with peaches, peeled bananas, pitted cherries, cut mangoes, etc.

What You’ll Need to Freeze Strawberries

How Do You Freeze Fresh Strawberries?

It may be tempting to dump strawberries in a bag and freeze, or freeze directly in the berry container, but this may result in a big clump of frozen berries or freezer burn. No bueno!

For the best results, freeze berries in a single layer on a sheet pan (called “flash freezing”), then store in a container or bag for the long-term (up to 6 months).

This way you’ll have delicious strawberries, available year-round to use for smoothies, yogurt bowls, overnight oats, and baking. 

This freezing method works for all fresh berries: grocery store berries, farmers market berries, or home grown berries.

Video Guide: How to Freeze Fresh Berries

Step By Step Instructions With Photos 

Step 1: Wash and Dry Berries 

  • Wash the fresh berries and dry thoroughly on a clean towel.
  • Remove the green tops from the berries and discard. If you have a strawberry huller, use that to remove the green leaves. If not, use a paring knife to slice off the green stems. 
  • If freezing the berries, whole, move to the next step in the freezing process. If you’d like to freeze sliced berries, cut to desired size before the next step.

Washing Pro Tip: Wash the berries in a vinegar bath or in a sink or bowl filled with cold water. It’s important for the strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, or raspberries (whatever you’re freezing) to be fully dry before freezing. Water (excess moisture) left on the berries will cause the berries to suffer freezer burn and stick together.

Step 2: Spread Berries on a Sheet Pan 

  • Once the strawberries are fully dry, spread the whole berries or cut berries on a parchment-lined baking sheet pan (or cookie sheet) in a single layer.
  • For a large strawberry haul, use multiple sheet pans or work in batches with just one sheet pan. 
  • Place the berries in the freezer for 1 hour (or more), until fully frozen.

Pro Tip: Lining the sheet pan with parchment paper is optional, but highly recommended.

Flash Freezing: This method is known as flash freezing. Why do this? To avoid ice crystals from forming on the frozen fruit. This, in my opinion, is one of the easiest ways to preserve fresh fruit for a later date and avoid freezer burn. I do the same with other berries, as well as sliced bananas.

Step 3: Store Frozen Berries in a Freezer-Safe Bag or Container 

  • Once the berries are frozen, remove the sheet pan/cookie sheet from the freezer. 
  • Place the frozen berries in a plastic freezer bag or reusable bag (or multiple bags, depending on quantify) or freezer-safe container.
  • Seal the bag, removing excess air from the bag as you press down on the bag and seal. 

How Long Do Frozen Berries Last in the Freezer?

Berries may be safely stored in the freezer for up to 6 months

5 from 2 votes

How to Freeze Strawberries (and Other Berries)

Freeze fresh strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries for up to 6 months using this easy preservation method. This method works for a small batch of berries or a large haul and avoids freezer burn and large frozen clumps.
Kristin Marr
Prep Time15 minutes
Flash Freeze1 hour
Servings 4 cups berries per sheet pan (freeze as many berries as desire)


  • 1 rimmed sheet pan or cookie sheet
  • 1 sheet of parchment paper (optional)


  • 4 cups fresh strawberries, blueberries blackberries, or raspberries. Freeze as many berries as will fit on your sheet pan.


  • Wash the berries and dry them thoroughly. I wash berries in a vinegar bath and then dry the berries on a towel for a couple of hours (how to use a vinegar bath for berries). If you're planning to freeze the berries immeadiately, skip the vinegar bath, if desired, and just run the berries under fresh water. It's important for the strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, or raspberries to be fully dry before freezing. Water left on the berries will cause the berries to suffer from freezer burn.
  • Once fully dry, spread the berries on a sheet pan/cookie sheet. I like to line my sheet pan with parchment paper to keep the berries from sticking to the pan once frozen. The berries should be in a single layer.
  • Place the sheet pan in the freezer and freeze for about an hour (time will vary depending on amount and size of berries). This method is known as "flash freezing."
  • Once the berries are completely frozen, spoon or dump the berries into an airtight container: a plastic freezer bag, silicone bag, or tempered glass container. If using a bag, remove extra air from the bag before sealing–this will prevent freezer burn issues.
  • Store in the freezer for up to 6 months. Use the frozen berries to make muffins, smoothies, overnight oats, yogurt bowls, froyo, and other delicious meals.


How many berries can you freeze at one time? I find that 4 cups of berries will fit in a single layer on a large sheet pan. This is why I suggest “4 cups” in the how-to above. But you can freeze any amount of berries desired, from just a handful of fresh berries that are about to go bad or a large haul. If you have a lot of berries, you’ll need to freeze the berries in batches or use multiple sheet pans (if they’ll fit in your freezer). 
Want to freeze blueberries? Check out my frozen blueberry tutorial here
Tried this recipe?Let me know how it was!
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