I went all in yesterday, and bought my first flat of strawberries. Can't wait to share photos and recipes, but for now, I could not wait to share a few of my favorite strawberry-related pins on the blog today. We prepped all the berries a few hours after market, because they were so ripe and ready, and if we weren't making so many smoothies lately, and freezing them, they would have all gone bad. A flat contains 8 pints of strawberries, and while I did not save but a couple of dollars buying them that way, these Farmer's Market strawberries are so much more of a vibrant red color, and they have way more taste than those we have bought in the grocery stores lately.
From that flat, we basically set up with two cutting boards, both Bobby and I cut off al the green tips and the bruised or super soft parts of the strawberries, and then placed them cut end down on two baking sheets atop parchment paper. This way, they do not get all frozen together. We could have used 3-4 sheet pans, but I on;y have room for two pans in our freezer.
After they froze overnight, we stored them in two gallon-sized Ziplock bags, and then ate out first smoothie, it was amazing!