Check out this easy freezing fresh raspberries tutorial.
Last week my dad invited me to come pick raspberries at his raspberry patch. I look forward to this all year long! He has a huge patch and is so kind to share these berries with us. We always pick a few gallons and then freeze most of them to use throughout the winter months. Today I am going to show you just how easy it is to freeze raspberries.
I like to flash freeze my berries. This is one of the easiest methods I have found! All you will have to do is pull your bag of frozen berries out of the freezer, dump out the amount of berries you need (they don’t clump together!) and enjoy!
Raspberries are one of my favorite fruits to preserve. They are so easy to freeze and stay fresh and delicious throughout the year. I planted a raspberry patch a few years ago and still haven’t seen any berries! I’m hoping to get a good crop next year!
How to Freeze Raspberries
To freeze raspberries you will want to do a flash freeze. This process is very easy, everyone can do it!
We love to use our frozen raspberries in smoothies, pies, jam, or just eating frozen right out of the bag.
Frozen raspberries will stay good for 6-12 months after freezing, which is perfect timing for the next raspberry season!
After picking your raspberries, wash them very gently in the sink. Raspberries are fragile, so do this part carefully. To be honest with you, sometimes I skip washing just because of how fragile the berries are. I’ll leave the decision up to you!
Toss out any bruised or bad berries, we don’t want to freeze those!
Lay raspberries on a cookie sheet. Try not to let any of them touch each other, but squish as many on as you can! This is a perfect job for kids to help with. I love talking with my kids as we take time placing each raspberry on the pan.
Now just stick those cookie sheets in your freezer to let the raspberries flash freeze.
Leave them in the freezer for 2-4 hours or until the raspberries are frozen.
Once frozen pull the cookie sheets out of the freezer and you will want to quickly put the berries in a ziplock freezer bag. Don’t worry, this is super easy to do!
Just grab a spatula and scrape the berries off the pan. They will come off really easily. Put them all into your bag, get out all excess air and seal tightly.
Date and label the bag and pop it into the freezer. You want to move quick on these last steps so that your raspberries don’t begin to thaw.
Use your frozen berries within 6-12 months. Enjoy!
You can use this same method for freezing all the berries! I have used it for raspberries, strawberries, huckleberries, and blueberries.
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