Berries – How to Freeze Your Own


Frozen Blueberries

Freezing your own berries is very easy and saves so much money over the long-term. Here in Western Washington, our growing season is short but our berries are abundant. I grow my own and supplement from local organic farms when necessary. Here is how to freeze berries whole for eating later.

Whole Berries
Wash and drain berries. Be sure they are drained well to remove as much excess water as possible.
Dry the berries gently with a towel so you will not get ice crystals forming on the berries.
Place in a single layer on a cookie sheet and place in the freezer for at least 8 hours or until they are completely frozen.
Transfer berries to plastic freezer bags or place in glass containers. If you are using bags, remove as much extra air as possible to reduce the risk of freezer burn. Write the date the berries were frozen on the top. It is ideal to eat the berries within 6 months of freezing. If they are slightly older, they will still taste great in that green smoothie.

Sliced Berries
Wash and drain the berries. Be sure they are drained well to remove as much excess water as possible.
Cut off the hulls (green tops) and slice – an egg slicer is perfect for this task as it gives you a consistent thickness.
Place the berries in a single layer on a cookie sheet and place in the freezer for at least 4 hours or until they are completely frozen.
Transfer sliced berries to plastic freezer bags or place in glass containers. If you are using bags, remove as much extra air as possible to reduce the risk of freezer burn. Write the date the berries were frozen on the top. It is ideal to eat the berries within 6 months of freezing. If they are slightly older, they will still taste great in that green smoothie.

In the middle of winter, when you’re craving those tasty berries full of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phytochemicals, you can just take some out of the refrigerator. Defrosting is simple: place the berries in a colander and run warm to hot water over them or you can also place the container or bag in a warm water bath to defrost.

But be sure to WASH your berries before you eat them! Eat the defrosted berries within a day to reduce the risk of food-borne illnesses.

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