Freezing Berries

20 Jan

I guess I am in a very fruity mode these days… but I indeed mentioned that one of my new year’s resolutions were to eat more fruit and vegetables.  I am taking you along for the ride…

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…

4 Responses to “Freezing Berries”

  1. PoutMouth January 21, 2008 at 3:27 am #

    I love Clementines! They’re sweet and succulent.

  2. Jen February 1, 2008 at 9:07 pm #

    Hi Madelyn,

    I don’t know how practical this would be, but on an episode of ‘Good Eats’ a few months ago, Alton Brown used dry ice to freeze strawberries. It’s supposed to freeze the berries so quickly that they don’t turn to mush when you defrost them.

  3. Kathleen February 6, 2008 at 9:30 pm #

    Hi! I am so glad you shared this!

    It is still strawberry season in FL right now, and I have been enjoying them very much from the farmer’s market. So, this week, I bought extra to freeze using this method and also to make a few batches of strawberry sauce that i will also freeze, to use later for topping pancakes and desserts. I soooo love strawberry season!

  4. Kimi June 17, 2008 at 1:10 pm #

    OMG! I just, and I mean just, returned from a u-pick farm. I have 14 1/4 pounds of strawberries! They looked so good I couldn’t stop picking! And, at $1.05 a pound! Thanks for the freezing tip, I plant to freeze a bunch to make jam later!

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