How to Freeze Berries the Easy Way

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 Summer is a wonderful time to buy in bulk, pick and preserve fresh fruit. It can either be canned or frozen. I like fruits like berries and grapes frozen rather than canned unless I am making jams. Stone fruits like peaches are great canned. 

See my photos? It was hot outside so you can see my blueberries starting to melt in the photo above!

Berries tend to hold water (blueberries not-so-much as other berries) so when you rinse them and put them in a bag or jar to freeze, they sometimes end up in a big icy clump. The easiest way I’ve found to avoid this is to follow 3 easy steps.

1. Rinse berries and gently towel dry. 

I like to rinse all fruit and veggies with a few glugs of white vinegar mixed in with the water. This way you kill off any mold spores that may be lingering. You can also use a salad (or berry) spinner to remove the excess water from the fruit. 

2. Cover a cookie sheet with parchment paper or Silpat and spread berries on sheet in a single layer.

I cover the cookie sheet so the berries aren’t touching metal. They are also easier to get off parchment paper or a Silpat. I’ve found that I’ve had to scrape them off the cookie sheet which damages the berries. 

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3. Freeze berries for about 4 hours then remove from cookie sheet and store in a bag or jar in freezer.

Freezer bags seem to work better because you can squeeze the air out of them. I don’t have a jar vacuum but if I did, using jars would be my preferred method of storage. I try to steer clear of plastic as much as possible. 

That’s it! The berries stay by themselves so you don’t need an ice pick to chisel them out! It is totally worth the extra time. 

 

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What’s your favorite method of preserving berries? Tell me about your favorite way to use them up?

Enjoy!

{I’ve got to send a shout out to Whole New Mom who inspired me with her freezing berries post}

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  1. Dana Adams says

    This year we dried some strawberries and made jam with the rest! We’re so anxious for the blackberries to ripen! Thanks for the freezing tips!

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