Freezing Berries and Rocket Science{36}

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blackberries freshly picked

With buckets of blackberries dotting my counter, I was telling a friend that I should blog about How to Freeze Berries. Arched eyebrow notwithstanding, and a facial expression reserved for super lame ideas, he said, “Really, Tom? It’s not as if it’s rocket science. Perhaps, you could follow up with a post on How to Boil Water.” (No berry crisp in his future.)



fresh blackberries

“So you’d think, ” I said, but after witnessing some freezers filled with zip-loc blocks of berry sludge, I knew my peeps needed help. And so here it is: How to Freeze Berries. Sure, it’s not rocket science, but the results can still transport you to another world.

Blackberries, raspberries, loganberries, marionberries, boysenberries, blueberries: Bring ’em on!



freezing  berries

How to Freeze Berries

  1. Roll berries out in a single layer on a baking tray with rim.
  2. I don’t wash them; makes them mushy and they stick to the tray.
  3. Remove any creepy crawlers, dandelion seeds, errant grass clippings, or scary-looking  berries.
  4. Place tray in freezer until frozen solid.

frozen berries on baking sheet

Part Two: (See, it is like rocket science)

  1. Remove tray from freezer.
  2. Berries will be a hard and as mobile as marbles (thus the rimmed baking tray)
  3. Scoop up the berries and place in zip-loc bag.
  4. Seal bag (but first remove as much air as possible).
  5. Pop bag in the freezer.
  6. Remove when you need a cup or two or three of berries.
  7. Reseal and return remaining berries to freezer.
  8. They keep for a year or until next season’s crop (as if they’d be around that long).

frozen blackberries by the cup

Why do I freeze berries?  Blackberry pie on demand dear friends, blackberry pie on demand.

homemade blackberry pie