Freeze Berries

Edited by Scarlet.Tulip, Eng

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When you refrigerate them, berries only last for about 3 days. Freeze berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, etc) if you want to enjoy them for months or maybe even longer!

Individual Freezing

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    Clean the berries
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    Soak the berries in cold water. Drain the water before moving on to the next step, and make sure they're dry using paper towels.
    • Strawberries can be rinsed under running water. Do not use hot water! Also, do not rinse more delicate berries under running water!
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    Lay the berries on a baking sheet
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    Spread the berries out onto a sheet. Make sure they don't touch and that they stay in a single layer. If the berries touch they'll stick together which will ruin how they freeze permanently.
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    Freeze the berries
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    Place the tray of berries in your freezer. Keep them there for a few hours (maybe 2 or 3) or until they feel firm and frozen solid.
    • If any of the berries stuck together, try breaking them apart with your fingers before going onto the next step.
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    Bag them
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    Place the berries in a bag, leaving a little space at the top. Seal the bag without any extra air in it.
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    Freeze again
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    Place the bag of berries in your freezer. This is the final step! You should be able to keep the sealed berries in your freezer for 6 or 8 months.
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Sugar Freezing

  1. 1
    Clean the berries
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    Like with the other method, soak the berries in cold water and drain the water before continuing.
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  • Don't dry off the extra water with paper towels this time! You should have a little extra, not enough for them to be dripping wet, but enough for them to feel a little wet when you touch them.
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    Add sugar to the berries
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    Mix the berries with a little bit of sugar. For about 4 cups of berries you need maybe 1/2 cup of sugar, and use the normal sugar instead of powdered or brown or raw kinds.
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    Freeze the berries individually
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    Like before, put the berries on a baking tray. They shouldn't touch each other! Freeze them for a few hours or until they feel solid.
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    Put the berries in containers
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    Instead of using bags, use plastic containers. They should be the freezer kind, like you would buy at a grocery store. Leave a little extra room at the top and close the container.
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    Freeze them again
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    Put the container in the freezer. If you toss the berries with sugar, they should last a few months longer than berries frozen without sugar.
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Tips & Tricks

  • Both methods work for nearly any kind of berry.
  • Use fresh berries! Don't use berries that already look rotten or soft.
  • Thaw the berries before you eat them.
  • You can also cut the berries if you add sugar, but don't cut the berries if you plan on freezing them with no sugar.
  • There are many magazines that write about things like freezing berries, so you can check those if you want to do a lot of this. Some examples are Southern Living and page=1 BHG.

If you have problems with any of the steps in this article, please ask a question for more help, or post in the comments section below.

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