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How to Freeze Berries

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How to freeze berries, including blackberries, blueberries, cranberries, gooseberries, huckleberries, raspberries, and strawberries.

How to freeze berries, including blackberries, blueberries, cranberries, gooseberries, huckleberries, raspberries, and strawberries.

Every year when summer rolls around you'll find me picking berries. I hit the local orchards with fervor and come home with pounds of fresh fruit.

The problem is that my family can't eat all the delicious berries I pick so I have to freeze them. The nice thing about that is that I have berries all year round and don't have to pay outrageous amounts for those small bags of frozen fruit in the grocery stores.

Freezing berries is surprisingly simple. It doesn't take much time and there are only a few steps to follow.

If you don't want to or are unable to pick your own berries, most orchards sell them already picked. You can also stop by a roadside market or, if you are lucky and your grocery store sells local farm produce like mine does in the summer, you can pick some fruit up there.

So go out, pick some wonderfully fresh berries, and freeze them.

Types of berries

The months that the fruits are available vary depending on where you live. This chart just gives you an idea of when they are available.

TypeWhen they are in season

Blackberries

Late spring through summer

Blueberries

Summer months

Cranberries

Fall months

Gooseberries

Later summer through early fall

Huckleberries

Late summer

Raspberries

Summer months

Strawberries

Spring through early summer

Step 1: Rinse and Clean the Berries

Place the berries in a colander and gently rinse them under cold water. Pick out and discard any stems, bad berries, or other dirt.

Remember to remove the hulls from strawberries before freezing them.

After washing the berries, lay them flat on a baking tray, pat dry and place in freezer until frozen.

After washing the berries, lay them flat on a baking tray, pat dry and place in freezer until frozen.

Step 2: Prepare Berries for Freezing

  1. Cover baking trays with paper towels and lay the rinsed berries out in one layer.
  2. Pat dry.
  3. Place tray(s) in the freezer and freeze berries.
Once the berries are frozen, transfer them to a freezer bag and label.  Place in the freezer until ready to use.

Once the berries are frozen, transfer them to a freezer bag and label. Place in the freezer until ready to use.

Step 3: Transfer Frozen Berries to Bags

Once the berries are frozen on the trays, transfer them to heavy duty airtight freezer bags. Try to push out as much air as possible before sealing.

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Remember to label them with the date that they were frozen.

Place the bags in the freezer. The berries should be good for 6 months in the freezer.

What to Do With Your Frozen Berries

Frozen berries can be used for all sorts of things.

  • Smoothies
  • Breads, cakes, pies, pancakes, waffles and muffins
  • Fruit sauces
  • Jams and jellies
  • Snacks
  • Juice
  • Fruit salsa
  • Fruit salad
  • Ice cream
Freezing your summer crop of raspberries lets you enjoy them throughout the year.

Freezing your summer crop of raspberries lets you enjoy them throughout the year.

Nutritional Information for a Variety of Berries

Nutritional data is based on 1 cup of raw, unsweetened berries. Source: nutritiondata.com

For one cup of berriesCaloriesFiberVitamin C

Blackberries

62

31%

50%

Blueberries

84

14%

24%

Cranberries

51

20%

24%

Gooseberries

66

26%

69%

Raspberries

64

32%

54%

Strawberries

49

12%

149%

A few recipes that you can use your frozen berries in:

Easy Berry Smoothie Recipe

Ingredients

  • 6 ounces vanilla yogurt
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 2 cups frozen berries, any combination

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
  2. If it's too thick, add a tablespoon of orange juice at a time until you get the desired consistency.
  3. Serve immediately. Because the berries are frozen, the smoothie will have a nice thick texture.

Easy Berry Fruit Salsa Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup blueberries, thawed and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup strawberries, thawed and chopped
  • 1/2 cup blackberries, thawed and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup raspberries, thawed and rinsed
  • Juice of 1/2 a lemon
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh mint, finely minced

Instructions:

  1. Clean and rinse the fruit. Place in a bowl and set aside.
  2. In another bowl, mix together lemon juice, sugar, and mint. Crush the mint leaves while mixing. Once sugar is dissolved, pour mixture over fruit and gently mix together.
  3. Refrigerate for at least one hour.
Blueberry Rhubarb Coffee Cake Recipe - Perfect for all of those frozen blueberries that may be in your freezer.

Blueberry Rhubarb Coffee Cake Recipe - Perfect for all of those frozen blueberries that may be in your freezer.

Other Delicious and Easy Fruit Recipes

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