Now that berry season is in full swing, we’re brainstorming ways to make the most of summer’s bounty. One strategy is to preserve fresh berries in jams or jellies, but freezing berries is another, nearly effortless alternative. Freeze enough and you’ll be reliving summer all year long! Our tips for freezing berries, below.
Wash and dry
Before freezing, all berries should be carefully washed and dried. Blueberries and raspberries are especially delicate so it’s important to be gentle to avoid squashing any berries. We recommend rinsing with a light stream of water and then allowing the berries to air dry, spread out on kitchen towels. Just remember: dark kitchen towels won’t show berry strains.
Freezing berries is a two step process. First, flash freeze the berries by spreading them out in a single layer on a baking tray and stash tray in the freezer until berries are frozen. This step prevents the berries from sticking together.
Stash and store
Once berries are flash frozen, transfer to a freezer-friendly zip-top bag. Write the date in marker on the bag so you know how long the berries have been in the fridge (discard if it’s been more than a year). Store in freezer for later.
Our favourite uses for frozen berries:
- Sauces for ice cream and cheesecake
- Defrosted and folded into baked goods