In Season: Freezing Berries

june-25-023After our trips to the strawberry fields and blueberry patch, we found ourselves with a giant boxes of juicy, delicious berries.  Even after using the berries in numerous ways, we still had lots left over.  I wasn’t in a jam-making mood, so I decided it was best to freeze what was left while they were still at their peak of freshness.  We have become big fruit smoothie fans, so the frozen berries would be put to excellent use in the coming months. 

When freezing berries, be sure to first wash them (and hull if they are strawberries), then place them on a kitchen towel to dry.  Once dry, I spread the berries  in one layer on a baking sheet and put in the freezer until solid.  Use a plastic spatula to loosen them from the bottom of the pan if necessary, and then transfer the frozen berries to ziplock freezer bags or air-tight storage containers.  Yes, this method requires an extra step, but it allows the berries to freeze individually instead of in one big clump.  This way they are still beautiful when they exit the freezer. 

The berries can later be used frozen in smoothies and other frosty drinks (daquiris, anyone?), thawed in muffins, pancakes, or other baked goods, or made into a wonderful berry sauce perfect for ice cream. 

So if jamming isn’t your thing, you can still make excellent use of the bumper crop of berries this season! 

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2 Responses to “In Season: Freezing Berries”

  1. Angela Says:

    Great tips, we do this, too! I love reading your blogs for 2 reasons: 1. You blog at 6 a.m. in the morning…really? But I admire that! and 2. I am living vicariously through you! I don’t have enough time to cook like most of your suggestions but I like to read your tips and store them away to use a few years when things calm down here with 4!

    • Tracy Says:

      Ahhh, the magic of blogging! Angela, I WISH I had the energy to blog at 6am, but I usually write my posts a few days in advance and just have them set to post first thing in the morning. 🙂 I’m so glad you’re enjoying the blog and hope someday soon you’ll get to actually try some of the recipes!

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