How To Freeze Your Berries

It’s been exciting couple of weeks with our produce deliveries, we have received strawberries and they are absolutely delicious. They’re fantastic, but I’m starting to worry that it may be too much for just the two us. We don’t want them to go waste, so we’re freezing the strawberries like we did last year.

Whenever I needed the berries for my smoothies, I just grabbed them from the freezer. The great part is that by buying them in season and storing excess for out of season, we saved some money. Hopefully we can repeat it this season.

Freezing and Storing the Berries

You can freeze and store your berries (strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries) fairy easily. You simply need a few items you probably already have handy in your kitchen – sink, paper towels (or a clean kitchen towel), a small knife, a baking sheet, and of course, a freezer.

  • Rinse berries in cool water.
  • Pat dry the berries with paper towels.
  • Pick over berries to make sure no stems, unripe berries, or damaged berries are in the mix.
  • Rinse berries with cool water and pat dry.
  • If you have strawberries, pull the top of it, removing the greens.
  • Lay berries in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet.
  • Put in freezer until frozen solid; overnight is fine.
  • Transfer berries to resealable plastic storage bags, forcing as much air as possible out of the bag before sealing.
You can store berries for up to 6 months in your freezer. That’s it. You now have your fresh berries properly stored for use later this year like for pie filling (and other baked goods)  or for smoothies.

Thoughts on Storing Your Berries

I’d love to hear from you about storing berries (and other fruits) properly. How many of you are freezing your berries to use later in the year? What are your plans for them later this year?