I love making myself fruit smoothies in the mornings. Particularly, I LOOOOOVE adding fresh berries to them. Unfortunately, in a way, is that berries are pretty expensive… I am paying these days between $7 and $8 for a pound of strawberries. I guess they’re not in season in the US and they’re bringing them from God-knows-where. And there’s little I can do to reduce my carbon footprint in regards to this… because we don’t grow berries in Puerto Rico, I either buy them imported, frozen, or not eat them at all.
What I want to share with you is about freezing berries… this is a trick I learned, again, from my good friend Martha Stewart (she does not know how good friends we are…) With the price I pay for berries, I can’t eat them all at once and they’re prone to spoil fast. To avoid this when I purchase these beautiful strawberries, raspberries, blueberries or any other berry… is to freeze them individually on a baking sheet and then store them.
I wash the berries, remove any stems, dry them as well as I can and place them without touching on a baking sheet. Place the baking sheet on the freezer overnight and then store the berries in a freezer plastic storage bag. Never freeze them all clumped up in a bag, because then you’ll have a tough time separating them if you need just a small amount at a time.
This way, I have great tasting berries anytime.
Hope this helps…