Last year, when it was time for strawberries, I kept putting it off until there weren’t any more strawberries to stock up on. I spent quite a few Sundays after that banging my head against the wall (not always literally) for not having any fresh strawberries to go with my pancakes. I wouldn’t go through that again so last week I went and got 6kg of beautiful, delicious berries.
I turned about half of them into fresh jam using my rod mixer (just enough to create an even mush, no need to purée them), adding a tiny bit of sugar and vanilla and then shoving it in the freezer (I contain mine in freezer bags because they take up a lot less space than plastic containers).
The rest I decided to freeze whole so I put a sheet of baking paper in the freezer and then spread the berries out one by one. That way they won’t stick to each other once they’re frozen (after which I put them in freezer bags). Guess who’ll have fresh, gorgeous strawberries to use in cakes and desserts in the winter? *annoyingly proud of herself*
I’m like a flippin’ squirrel – to me, nothing is more satisfactory than stocking up on food. Next up: vegetables, blueberries and mushrooms!