How to Freeze Berries

This weekend we went to our CSA farm to pick blackberries and peaches.  What fun we had!  Our first stop was the peach grove (is that the right word?) where there were plenty of ripe peaches just ready to be picked.  Our goal was to pick at least 10 lbs so we could get a bulk discount.  After filling half of a grocery bag we thought we were good to go.  Not so much…it was “only” 6.5 lbs.  Oh well.

peaches

Next stop…blackberries (the real reason for our trip; the peaches were a bonus surprise)!  We had three quart containers (plus a flat if we needed it) that we wanted to fill and after a slow start, we found a sweet spot and filled them up just in time for the wagon to come back for us.  It was perfect timing.  Carter had a blast finding plump blackberries, and the whole car ride home kept sneaking them into his mouth from the backseat.  Little turkey.

blackberries rev

It’s nearly impossible to eat all these blackberries as quickly as they need to be eaten, so they needed to be frozen.  The problem with freezing fresh berries is that they tend to clump together in a big, solid, frozen mass.  How do you solve that problem?  Easy.  Flash freezing.

Sounds fancy, but all that means is that you put your (gently washed in water) berries on some wax paper laid out on a cookie sheet.  Make sure they’re in one even layer with some space in there (a few can touch each other, no big deal), and put the cookie sheet in the freezer.  After an hour or so they should be frozen enough that you can put the frozen berries in a freezer storage bag, let out as much of the air as you can, and put them back in the freezer.

Now, when it’s the dead of winter and you’re feeling nostalgic for that day on the farm, you can pop some freshly frozen berries into your mouth and relive that wonderful day.

38 comments

  1. Libby

    Someone just asked me yesterday how to freeze blueberries. I knew it had something to do with this “flash freezing” but I wasn’t too sure. This post came right on time because Aldi’s just had a sale yesterday and I bought 10 pints of blueberries and 4 pints of strawberries. Yeah, they were $0.99/pt. Who could resist? lol

    * stopping over from First Home Love Life *
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  2. Becky

    We used to pick blackberries from my grandparents farm. Yum, what great memories. This is a great tip. Thanks for linking to Foodie Friday!

  3. Miz Helen

    Hi Amy,
    We have had a bountiful harvest of Blackberries this year. Your photo’s are awesome. I use this same method to freeze my Berries, great tips. Hope you are having a great week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  4. kristy @ gastronomical sovereignty

    very helpful! i tried freezing berries once and didn’t flash freeze them. hello, giant clump of blue goo! haha..

    thanks for visiting and joining up with us at the Wednesday Fresh Foods Blog Hop – we hope to see you this week again with another seasonal treat!

  5. Evelyn

    I am so jealous of you going berry picking, such fun and getting peaches and berries as a bonus. Great idea about the flash freezing! Great share:) Thank you for sharing this at Freedom Fridays!
    PS Love the little guy standing in the road!

  6. Nadine Zachary

    I just figured out the “flash freeze” method a few months ago myself and works great on so many things. One local market sometimes has $1.00 bags of “use or lose” produce which can be a great deal depending on the contents. Bell peppers are the best deal, cut around any bad spots, dice and “flash freeze”, then just get out whatever’s needed. Before I had to beat a chunk off a big frozen lump of them. I’ve recently used the same method on extra strawberries, and ripe bananas can be peeled, cut in chunks and frozen for future recipes.

  7. Tulip

    We had tons of black berries at my grandma’s house. We just backed an old truck up into the bushes and stood in the back and got buckets and buckets of them. I was wondering why my berries always clumped together. Thanks for sharing at Mom’s Library!

  8. Alyssa

    It sounds like you had a really fun time! Thanks for the tips on freezing fruit and thanks for sharing at Showcase Your Talent Thursday!

  9. Janet

    Great tips – I have found that parchment paper works better than the wax paper due to the moisture factor. The wax papaer tends to tear apart and the parchment paper stays intact.

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