I'm not lucky enough (yet) to be growing my own strawberries. Lots of folks are in the same situation. Even if you don't grow the dang things you sure can make good use of them. Don't let folks tell you otherwise. Watch for sales at your local grocery store or visit your farmer's market. My plans are to pick up as many as I can afford. I'll eat as many fresh as I possibly can , dry some to put on my cereals or whatever and make jelly with the rest. Lot's of folks freeze them but I try not to use my freezer for them. Not that there is anything wrong with it, I just don't do it.
One of the ways I like to preserve them is to dehydrate them. It's super easy to do and even the prep time isn't all that bad. Just core your strawberries and slice them evenly. (about 1/4 inch slices) Place them on your dehydrator trays. Don't let them touch, you want the air to circulate around them.
Kinda like having the kids in the car yelling "She's touching me- make her stop touching me!!" OK ... what was I sayin'? Oh yeah, Set your dehydrator at about 135 degrees and dry until they are dry to the touch and still a little pliable. Let them cool and then store them in a canning jar or a zip-lock bag. My suggestion for those of you who have a Vacuum Sealer is to vacuum seal them in a canning jar and store them in a cool dark place.
They are great to eat by the handful for a yummy snack. They are also wonderful in oatmeal or your favorite cereal. Try them in your baked goods too! I made a yummy strawberry cake a while back with dried fruit. Kids love them too so if you want to keep them around you might want to "hide" them somewhere! LOL