Freezing raspberries...

11 December, 2015

I love my raspberries, but even I can't eat this kind of harvest every few days without getting just a little sick of it.


And knowing that in the deepest darkest depths of winter I'll be wanting raspberry goodness, when there are none to be picked, means I've been getting onto freezing much of my recent raspberry harvests.

But if you just bung a bowl of fresh raspberries in a container in the freezer, you end up with a raspberry rock. Tasty, but not that easy to grab a handful of berries to defrost for that yoghurt, or on porridge, or to add to that stewing rhubarb.

So I spread the fresh raspberries on a baking tray and put it in the freezer uncovered overnight.


Make sure they aren't touching too much.

Then the next day, take your newly frozen berries, and your storage container.


I like the plastic wrap method, as I can simply funnel the berries into my main storage ziplock bag.




The plastic wrap is not discarded, on no. It has been reused for each freezer batch and will last until the berry season is over.


So far I have about 2 kilos of delicious frozen berries, and I expect I'll be at least doubling that over the remaining harvest period.

Hopefully that stash will last me well into winter and maybe even until we start picking the first of the fresh berries next year.

6 comments:

  1. I've been doing the same as I had a slightly overwhelming amount of raspberries in this past UK summer. It's lovely to think that I've got a good stash of home-grown berries to use up just waiting in the freezer. My son's favourite pud is a raspberry meringue roulade with white chocolate melted and stirred into the cream - so you can see how important raspberries are in this home!

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    1. Nice! I love a good Eton mess, and this sounds like, just better!

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  2. That's quite the raspberry harvest you are getting! My new canes provided a small taste of things to come this past fall. Hopefully I'll be getting a lot more - perhaps even enough to freeze? - next year.

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    1. It's starting to slow down now, but was hectic there for a while. Not that I'm complaining mind :)

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  3. we're not ready to freeze yet. the raspberries are still so new that i'm gleefully making a little berry piggy of myself :-)
    mum freezes her berries by just putting them into an ice cream container all at once - and they separate out no problem whatsoever.

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    1. Funny, I tried that and they were a frozen raspberry brick. I think it may depend on the variety and the structural integrity of the berry, as some berries are quite firm while others just collapse.

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