Posted by Tara on Saturday, May 25th, 2013
One of the easiest ways I have found to preserve fresh fruit is by making fruit cubes. In this post, I am featuring Strawberry Cubes which prove to have many uses through the summer and into the winter months. Here’s how to make them and what to do with them.
Start with 2 quarts or more of fresh strawberries. Wash them and remove the stems. Fill a VitaMix or food processor or even a blender with fresh berries. Pulse or blend until berries have been smoothly pureed. Pour puree into ice cube trays and freeze. When puree is frozen hard, remove strawberry cubes from ice cube trays and place them in a quart or even gallon Zip-Lock bag(s). You can remove any excess air with a straw inserted into the corner of an almost sealed Zip-Lock bag. Inhale through the straw to remove any extra air in the Zip-Lock bag then remove the straw, being careful not to let any air into the bag, then finish sealing the bag. Place cubes in freezer until ready to use. 2 quarts of strawberry puree should fill about 4 ice cube trays. The cubes should last up to a year in the freezer.
Strawberry cubes can be thawed later to make strawberry jam! Or try tossing 2 or 3 cubes in glass of lemonade or tea. Put 2 or 3 stawberry cubes in the blender and add frozen pineapple, coconut milk, OJ, and some vanilla protein powder for a healthy shake. Or add 1 or 2 cubes to a hot bowl of oatmeal or quinoa (may require reheating). Make my Fresh Strawberry Poppy Seed Dressing during the winter months with a couple of these cubes. And if you think of other uses for these tasty little cubes, let me know!
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