How to Freeze Berries




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Since we're coming up on the end of summer, now is a great time to freeze as many berries as you can! Blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, and blackberries are my favorites, but you can use this technique to freeze any berry easily. :)

Up until a few years ago, I froze all my berries by just washing them and throwing them into a freezer bag, but I wasn't very excited about having to chip apart a berry ice cube whenever I needed berries. This way of freezing the berries keeps them from freezing together for easier measuring.

Step 1: What You'll Need:

  • parchment or wax paper
  • large colander
  • paper towels or old kitchen towels
  • baking sheets
  • a freezer with room
  • fresh berries of choice - today I'm doing blackberries, blueberries and raspberries

Step 2: Wash the Berries

Sort through the berries and discard any large stems and leave you can find, as well as get rid of the soft and questionable ones. We feed all the rejects to our worms. :D

Place them in a large colander or strainer and rinse them thoroughly.

Some important things to note:

  • If you're using strawberries, cut off the tops before washing.
  • Raspberries need quite a bit of care if want them to look great after washing because they're really fragile, so you may want to wash them carefully in small batches to avoid damage. Most other berries do just fine!

Step 3: (optional) Dry the Berries

If you'd like to avoid water crystals on the berries, dry them. I tend to skip this step if I'm going to be using them for smoothies. :P

Just lay down a couple paper towels or a cloth towel and place the berries on top and pat lightly.

Step 4: Put Them on the Baking Sheets

Lay down some parchment or wax paper on a couple baking sheets and spread the berries out over them. Try to keep them evenly spaced so they don't freeze together.

Step 5: Freeze and Store!

Pop the berries in the freezer for a couple hours, or until they're nice and solid. I place one cookie sheet into the freezer, and then put a cutting board across it so I can lay the other cookie sheet on top without squishing the berries.

Once they're solid, transfer them to a nice container or freezer bag and enjoy easily measurable frozen berries!



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    9 Discussions


    3 years ago

    Such a cute cover picture! Your tutorials are all so clever and inventive!


    3 years ago

    Never tried this so far, but a trick a chef told me recently in order to keep as much taste as possible was to freeze small amounts of berries in plastic bags without washing them first.
    Prior to use them, dip the bag in boiling water for about four seconds, now wash them.


    3 years ago on Introduction

    Living in Oregon, I get fresh berries all summer and this is the technique that my grandmother taught me. It preserves the shape of the berry so when thawed they aren't a giant mush blob. When frozen, I like to vacuum seal them and pop them into my deep freeze. Makes a great snack on a hot summer day!

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    Reply 3 years ago on Introduction

    Vacuum sealing them after they're frozen is so smart! Kicking myself for not thinking of that. :P


    3 years ago on Introduction

    The issue Meg621 and alphausb is, as Jessy said "Try to keep them evenly spaced so they don't freeze together." If you just put them all in together, you end up with a berry brick. Freezing them in a single layer means they can be portioned easily. Commercial bags/tubs of berries stay separated because they are blast fozen (much colder than a domestic freezer) on a conveyer.


    3 years ago on Introduction

    i just put them in a air tight container and pop them in a freezer


    3 years ago on Introduction

    i would just throw them all in a freezer lol. You get frozen berries in the end regardless :D