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How to Freeze Summer Berries:
…….here is a Quick Reference Guide for easy freezing berries. Raspberries, Blueberries and Strawberries are insanely easy to freeze and so worth the effort. Take a quick look through and then go grab some berries to freeze!!! Learn more on how to freeze summer berries!!To jump to just one of the following, click:
first on the list in how to freeze fresh berries are:
Raspberries are one of summer’s jewels…..they are beautiful, delicious and packed with nutrients. They are one of those easy to freeze berries…..if you do not grow raspberries, watch for them at Farmer’s Markets and your local grocery. In the middle of winter, you will be glad you did!!!
Learn the Easy Way to Have Fresh Berries all Winter……this is a quick read on How to Freeze Summer Berries…..
Raspberries are a wonderful, beautiful & nutritious berry but because they are a soft fruit they do not last long after being picked so…..
Freeze, Baby, Freeze!!!!
These berries so delicious that it is definitely worthwhile taking the time to put some raspberries in your freezer………Thinking about the wonderful ways to use frozen raspberries is fun………Smoothies, Coffeecakes, Warm Syrup for Pancakes, French Toast or Waffles, Frozen Berries for Ice Cream Topping or just simply grabbing a handful of berries……..year round!!!
Taste of summer all year long………so here is what you need to do:
Simple Steps to Freezing Raspberries:
- Pick or buy fresh raspberries
- Now, sort the raspberries taking out any bruised or damaged berries
- Place the unwashed, yes, unwashed raspberries on a clean cookie sheet
- Freezing them individually helps keep them from sticking together
- Please see the photo below on spacing idea
- Place the raspberry filled cookie sheet in the freezer being careful to keep in level
This works very well for Blackberries, too!!!!
Now, wait for the raspberries to freeze solid…………
And……wait just a little longer to make sure they are completely frozen solid…..
Getting Trays of Raspberries Ready for the Freezer
Once the raspberries are completely frozen, take the cookie sheets out of the freezer and place the frozen berries in plastic quart size Ziploc type bags. If you do not like using these types of plastic bags, then you can try storing your frozen berries in quart size Ball or Mason Jars with screw lids.
Freezing in Ball Jars is a great alternative idea to using plastic bags.
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Immediately place the sealed Ziploc bags or Ball jars back into freezer, being careful not to let the raspberries thaw at all.
The frozen raspberries need to remain Frozen so they stay individually separated which makes them so easy to take out the bag. You can take one, a handful or a cupful. Just rinse quickly under water prior to eat or using in recipes.
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Here is a simple healthy idea that I make everyday for my husband’s lunch……it works so great for his lunchbox!!!!
If you are watching the amount of sugar in your yogurt, then consider simply buying or making plain yogurt and adding your own fruit and Pyure Organic All-Purpose Blend Stevia Sweetener
- Spoon the plain yogurt into a small 8 ounce canning jar (I use Nancy’s Organic Plain Yogurt)
- Sprinkle one teaspoon of Pyure Stevia Blend sweetener
- Rinse 5 to 6 of your frozen raspberries with water, shake off excess water, dry with towel
- Place clean raspberries on top of yo
- Top with a lid and put in lunchbox
Recipe Idea for using Frozen Raspberries
Simple, delicious and healthy all in one!!! The cool thing is that frozen raspberries help keep the yogurt chilled until lunch time!!
Super Healthy Beautiful Raspberries
Beautiful Healthy Raspberries!!!!
Super Delicious Raspberries
Freezing Raspberries ~The Easy Way~ will make for year around enjoyment of this super delicious, super healthy berry!!
second on the list are:
One of Summer’s Best……Strawberries
Learn all about Freezing Strawberries
Another Easy Freezing Berry……Strawberries
The beauty of the strawberry is seen here………..take that berry energy from the summer sunshine and store it away for renewed vitality. So simple, so easy and really quite quick!
So, what is involved in Freezing Strawberries?
How to Freeze Strawberries
First of all, pick your strawberries in the early morning from your greenhouse or garden……or, pick them up from your local Farmer’s Market or grocery…………
Fresh Strawberry Ready to Pick
Next, take your handfuls of berries or your containers of berries and place them in a colander to rinse.
I rinse my strawberries prior to freezing but still freeze them individually for ease of use later on. I rinse and sort under cool running water or simply sort, take out green tops and spray with your sink faucet. Anyway you want to rinse is just fine, just make sure your berries are fresh, not bruised or damaged and clean. You may use a small knife to remove the green stem area or you may use the berry huller like this one, Chef’n StemGem Strawberry Huller for ease of hulling.
After hulling, sorting and rinsing, I sort by size.
I cut the larger strawberries in half or even quarters as they are easier to add to the blender for smoothies in a more manageable size.
Rinse Strawberries in Colander
The next step is to simply arrange them on a baking sheet or cookie sheet that can be placed in the freezer.
Place Strawberries on Baking Sheet to Freeze
Make sure to leave enough space in-between berries so they freeze individually.
Wait for a little while to allow the strawberries to completely freeze solid, then take the cookie sheet out of the freezer and tap on the counter to loosen the berries. You are now ready to pop them into quart size freezer bags for more long term freezing. Make sure to label each bag with the date they were frozen and then begin to plan on what you can do with all your strawberries………since most Strawberries arrive at the store in June, make sure to watch for sales so you can freeze this wonderful berry for year round enjoyment.
Strawberry Smoothie ♥
- 1 cup Organic Milk or Almond Milk
- 6 Frozen Strawberries
- 2 tablespoons honey or 1 teaspoon Stevia Pyure Organic Blend Stevia Sweetener, 16 oz
- …….and possibly 1 bananas if you so chose.
Whiz in blender until smooth. Makes one serving. This is delicious, nutritious, refreshing and so easy……….Enjoy!!!
Sparkling Strawberry Spritzer ♥
Pour sparkling water into your tall glass or quart jar, add strawberries and sweetener of choice. Mix slightly and Enjoy! Refreshing and Beautiful…..this make you feel good about yourself as it is so pretty to look at and so healthy for you!! I love making things that are easy, healthy and a delight to look at. You will understand what I mean, especially if you are a visual person……Beauty is definitely in the eye of the beholder of this refreshing drink!!!
In addition, another way to use your frozen berries is to make strawberry syrup…….
Strawberry Syrup ♥
- 1 cup frozen strawberries
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/4 Organic Cane Sugar or Honey
Place all ingredients in a small saucepan and gently heat on low until berries have thawed and the sugar has melted. Spoon warm syrup over pancakes, ice cream, yogurt, waffles or French Toast. This is wonderful…..such a treat especially during the wintry months!!! Enjoy!!!
Still another strawberry idea…….is to add these delightful berries to a fresh greens salad:
Strawberry, Kale and Parmesan Salad ♥
This is so simple…..first, you must gather:
- 5 of 6 large fresh strawberries, rinsed and hulled
- 1 bunch fresh kale, chard, spinach or lettuces, washed and dried
- 4 tablespoon nice Olive Oil or avocado oil Avohass New Zealand Extra Virgin Avocado Oil 8.5 fl oz Bottles
Rinse fresh strawberries a toss in with your greens. Next, drizzle olive oil or avocado oil over the greens and berries then top with freshly grated Parmesan cheese. These is such an easy, pretty way to enjoy the healthy benefits of fresh greens and berries! Plus, the nutritional omegas of olive oil or avocado oil is a wonderful addition to this wholesome and healthy salad.
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Strawberries are simply one of the best……they are beautiful when added to fruit salads & fruit platters, versatile when used as a garnish for breakfast or lunch and a delight to the eye when simply set on the table by the bowlful. In addition to being healthy and delicious, they are simply a beautiful berry.
Consequently, they are the Number One fruit in the USA!!!!
Therefore……Look for the Beauty of the Strawberry!!!
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third on the list are:
Blueberries ~freezing blueberries is like saving Summer all Year Long……
Freezing Blueberries The Easy Way
So, let us see how easy this really is…………
~Freezing Blueberries the Easy Way~
Freezing blueberries is a snap! First of all, simply leave the blueberries in their original container, un-rinsed and un-washed and pop into your freezer!!!! Make sure to leave the existing plastic cover on the box or package or simply leave them in their “clam-shell” plastic container. The reasoning behind not washing or even rinsing your blueberries, is that they will freeze ~ individually~ this is key! By freezing them “dry” -meaning not washed- the blueberries are easy to handle when you need them. Since they are being frozen individually, you can simply take a few at a time for a smoothie or a cupful for muffins. The secret is to freeze them while they are still dry and then rinse them just before using.
Frozen Blueberries are a perfect addition to cold drinks…..use the frozen blueberries in place of ice cubes!
Learn how to Freeze Strawberries and Raspberries the Easy Way, too!
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Freezing Blueberries the Easy Way
Frozen blueberries are the bomb!!! So simple to freeze, so simple to use!!! Adding your frozen blueberries to smoothies is easy, just rinse and toss into the blender; they will add just enough “chill factor” so you will not need to add ice cubes. These berries are so handy……When getting ready to use in your blueberry coffeecake or blueberry muffins, simply take out the needed amount and place them in a colander or strainer and quickly rinse them under cold water. Since they are frozen, the blueberries will develop of slightly icy glaze which enables you to quickly fold them into your batter without them thawing. This way your batter does not turn a bluish gray….. 🙂 and the blueberries keep their shape. My favorite, go-to gardening cookbook by Barbara Damrosch & Eliot Coleman entitled, The Four Season Farm Gardener’s Cookbook. This book has wonderful information on growing and using blueberries as well as a multitude of gardening information.
How to Freeze Blueberries
Another super way to use your frozen blueberries is to take one cup of blueberries, rinse under water, and place in a small saucepan. Next, add 1/4 cup plain water and 1/4 cup organic cane sugar. Simmer on low heat until bubbly. This is a simple homemade version of blueberry syrup made fresh to order. It is wonderful spooned over French toast, oatmeal, waffles, pancakes or yogurt. You can add raspberries, strawberries or blackberries to the mix. Just remember to adjust your other ingredients to the amount of berries being used.
Final thought, since Freezing Blueberries could not be easier……..start now!!
And, best of all…..they make a super healthy, super easy snack!!! Since they are frozen and cold, they make it so easy to just pop in your mouth right out of the freezer for a refreshing treat!!!
Plus, not to mention all the wonderful antioxidants they deliver free of charge!!!
Strawberry and Blueberries