Berry Tricks & Tips
- Do not leave your berries in the car for any longer than absolutely necessary and make sure that on the drive home, you leave the air conditioner on. Always put your berries in the car with you and not in the trunk.
- Refrigerate your berries as soon as you get home. Put them in a sealed container and leave them exactly as you picked them (uncapped, uncut and unwashed) in the container. It is usually best to place them in a shallow container only 1 to 2 deep.
- Do not cap, wash or cut your berries until just before you get ready to eat or use them.
- Always wash strawberries in cold water.
- Before freezing your berries, wash and cap them, sweeten as needed with a touch of sugar. Halve them and put into pint baggies or sealed containers for later use.
- To freeze berries whole -- place berries on a cookie sheet in the freezer and once frozen, put into a sealed container. This allows you to later take berries out individually.
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Dry Freezing (unsweetened)
Use this if you want separately frozen berries. This method works best if you do not wash the berries. If you do wash them, be sure they drain well: consider placing them on a paper towel to absorb moisture before freezing.
- Place the raspberries in a single layer on a cookie sheet with raised edges.
- Place the cookie sheet into the freezer, keeping it level, and freeze until the fruit is solid.
- Remove from the freezer and transfer the berries into plastic freezer bags.
Dry Pack Freezing (unsweetened)
Similar to dry freezing, but berries are more likely to stick together in clumps. Put the fresh berries directly into freezer containers.
Sweetened (sugar) Pack
Mixing the fruit with sugar draws out the natural juice from the raspberries and creates a syrupy substance that covers the fruit and protects in from exposure to air. Berries frozen with sugar retain their color and texture better and can be stored longer than those frozen unsweetened.
- Recommended proportions: 1 quart (1-1/3 lbs.) to ½ cup sugar.
- Mix carefully and pack into freezer containers.
Frozen Berry Uses
- Give children small containers of frozen berries as snacks, either straight from the freezer or partially thawed.
- Drop frozen raspberries directly into cereal – they will thaw rapidly since they are hollow in the center.
- Add frozen berries to smoothies.
- Add to yogurt or ice cream.
- Put berries in or over pancakes or waffles.
- Drop them into tossed salads or fruit salads.
- Add them to muffins and quick breads.
- Put frozen berries into lemonade or punch bowls.