My freezer is FULL of the raspberries and saskatoons I picked and froze this year.
Why Freeze Your Own Berries:
Other than raw or fresh, frozen food retains more nutrients and vitality than most other forms of preservation.
You know if they are really organic.
You know if they were really fresh.
It is your food that you picked with care. It contains all the outside memories and good feelings of berry picking.
Because of all this….. i think they taste better!
1. With most berries you can wash them with water but take care with raspberries they must be very gently washed the by rinsing (never leave to soak). I do not wash or rinse my raspberries; I simply pick out the bits of leaves, stems etc.
2. Put the washed berries in a colander to drain and then lay out on a tray to dry. With blueberries and saskatoons I put them in a lettuce spinner to dry them out.
3. Arrange the berries on a cookie sheet or any size baking tin one layer deep to ensure that the berries keep their shape and will not clump together. Don’t worry about having a small amount of freezer space to do all of the berries at once. They freeze very quickly in about 1/2 hour so you can keep loading the same cookie sheet with berries.
4. When the berries on the sheet are frozen, package them into sealed containers or freezer bags that are thick so as to prevent the berries from freezer burn.
5. Label the containers or bags of berries with name and date.
6. When you are ready to eat your frozen berries, thaw them in the fridge for 10 to 12 hours, or on your kitchen counter for a few hours.
7. They will keep for many months; often find I am still eating mine a whole year later right up until I am picking this year’s berries and they taste good.
I am the head chef at Real Food for Life and author of the GREEN means LEAN and Balance Your Body e-books. I turned a debilitating health crisis into a passion for helping others with healthy, sugar free, gluten free eating and cooking.