Tips for Strawberry Picking and Freezing

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TIPS FOR STRAWBERRY PICKING

  • Pick early or late in the day. There isn’t any shade in strawberry patches.
  • Wash your hands before you pick.
  • Shoes that tie are a better choice than sandals.
  • Bring water to keep hydrated while picking.
  • Wear comfortable clothing.
  • Wear hats and sunscreen.
  • Pick only the red berries. Avoid the oranges ones or those with green tips.
  • Pick gently. Pulling may squish the berry.
  • Keep your family together while picking; it’s easy to get separated.
  • Bring a camera to catch family moments on film.
  • Leave pets at home.
  • It doesn’t hurt to call ahead later in the day if you’re concerned the field may be picked out.

Sources: Double R Cattle Services Inc. and Buckwheat Farm

TIPS FOR FREEZING STRAWBERRIES

  • Wash strawberries in a bowl of cold water.
  • Pick out and remove any bits of stems, leaves or mushy strawberries.
  • Drain the strawberries.
  • Cut the leaves off the strawberries.
  • Put the strawberries into a freezer bag, excluding as much air as you can.
  • Put the strawberries into the coldest part of your freezer.
  • Leave them in the freezer overnight to completely freeze them.
  • When ready to use, set them in the fridge overnight or on the counter for a few hours.

Source: www.pickyourown.org

Thinking of heading out to gather fresh strawberries? See our resource listing, Where to Pick Fresh Strawberries in the Triangle.

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