Berries, Berries, Berries!
I love soft fruit and when it’s berry season my garden goes wild and produces so many raspberries and blackberries I have to store them in such a way to keep them good so I can use them through those dark, cold Winter months to add some ‘Summer’ to my desserts!
When in season, the fruits are at their juiciest, ripest and sweetest, and often, at their cheapest too. So if you go to a farmer’s market or a farm where you can pick your own, you can really take advantage and buy enough to freeze for later on.
Here, I give you some simple tips on how to freeze. If you’re like me, I pick my raspberries each day as they all ripen at different times, so this method is very convenient, and I just add them to the freezer bags as and when.
*** Please note, there are many ways to freeze fruits, however, I find this the simplest and easiest way with great results!
Tips and Quick Guide for freezing soft fruits such as berries.
This method is called Dry Freezing, or Open Freezing. It’s best used when you have soft berries which can be washed without breaking the skin or don’t discolour when exposed to the air (like bananas do). When using this method, the berries are best used later on for jellies, pies, puddings or jams. For very soft fruits such as raspberries, strawberries etc, it is better not to wash them prior to freezing.
Some suitable fruits are cranberries, blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, raspberries, rhubarb and redcurrants.
Last year I managed to freeze 3 huge bags of raspberries from my garden, which was wonderful! Through the winter months, I made fruit purees for topping over ice cream and desserts, a raspberry strudel, some pies and some cheesecakes. The rest I made Jam!
- 1 Cup of soft berries or as much fruit as you like.
- in You will need a baking tray to fit the freezer and some air tight storage containers or plastic bags. I use the zip lock type
For hard skin berries, wash in VERY cold water and dry on clean tea towel or kitchen paper. For very soft berries (like raspberries) don't wash before freezing.
Line a baking tray with parchment paper and spread the fruit out evenly. Place in the freezer until fruits are frozen.
Once frozen, transfer the fruits to an air tight container or bag, ensuring all air is removed. Then return to the freezer. The fruits should keep well for around 6 months, *** It's a good idea to label the bags / containers with the date so you know when to use by.