How to freeze berries
These blackberries have been frozen individually.
Are you growing berries in your garden? We grow strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries.
While I enjoy making jams and jellies, it’s nice to freeze some of the berries for those winter fruit cobblers and crisps, too.
Freezing blueberries is a piece of cake: you just pick them, wash them lightly, pop them into freezer bags and put them into the freezer. I think that’s because they’re a sturdier and drier berry.
But the other berries are juicier and more delicate so they require a different approach for freezing. If you just threw a bunch of strawberries, raspberries or blackberries into a freezer bag, they would freezer together into a big blob.
So here’s the very best way to freeze them:
1. Wash the berries and let them dry briefly on paper towels.
2. Gently place them, in a single layer, onto a cookie sheet with sides (i.e., jelly roll pan).
3. Place the sheet in the freezer for a few hours.
5. Now you can place them into freeze bags and back into the freezer for future use.
The reason I love this method is because you can easily grab a handful of individual berries for, say, a smoothie or to thaw out as an ice cream topping. You don’t have to try to bang off a few berries from “the blob,” and you don’t have to use all of the berries at once. Slick, huh?