A reader has asked: We get a great crop of early strawberries where I live. How can I freeze them so that they don’t all stick together?
A: Rinse the berries quickly in a colander under running cold water. Drain them on paper towels for at least 2 hours. Use the point of a paring knife to remove the hulls, digging down to make sure they’re completely out. Cover a jelly-roll pan with parchment or plastic wrap and arrange the berries on it. Freeze until frozen solid—several hours at least. Remove from pans and store in plastic freezer bags.