Saving Summer. How to freeze berries.

by Jul 8, 2010

blueberries

Summer is a great time to clean out your freezer.  Get in there, take inventory, have some “freezer dinners” to move through the good stuff, pitch anything you can no longer recognize, then put that valuable real estate to good use with some extra berry purchases from the farmers market or farm stand.

To freeze yourself a crop of blueberries (or any other berries) that you’ll be thrilled to find a few months down the road, you’ll need enough space to slide in a cookie sheet pan of berries for a few hours.  The plan is to freeze the berries into individual little marbles before you load them into longer-term freezer containers.

Amy’s Kitchen Coach Tips

  • Start with clean, dry, pesticide-free berries.  Taste them.  Make sure they are delicious.  Otherwise, you might as well just buy frozen berries at the grocery.
  • Lay the berries out in a single layer on a cookie sheet pan for the initial “marble freeze”.  When frozen, spoon into freezer bags or other freezer container.  I usually try to portion about 2 cups per freezer bag, since that is a good quantity for pancakes or a dessert sauce when the time comes.
  • Frozen blueberries make great snacks.  I keep an “easy access” container for us to enjoy during summer.


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