I don’t want to know how many bugs we ate this weekend! But the sweetness of fresh picked berries was totally worth the risk.
These raspberries were perfectly ripe and sweet like candy. Actually, better than candy! Mm mm. And once we got over all of the bugs and bees and prickly thorns, it was actually pretty fun.
Needless to say, we have been eating fresh handpicked organic raspberries for breakfast every single day. And we made another tasty batch of raspberry jam . Best of all, we have plenty of frozen berries to get through the better part of winter! I could not believe how easy it was to wash and freeze the berries. Actually. There are six (as in 5 + 1) quart size bags of frozen organic raspberries in my freezer right now.
Here are a few super simple steps to freeze fresh berries:
1. Place fresh berries in a strainer and thoroughly rinse them with cool water
2. Lay paper towels across your counter top then spread berries across them
3. Let the berries air dry for a little bit (about 30 minutes or so is good!)
4. Gently pat the berries with a dry paper towel to remove any excess moisture
5. Lay a Ziploc freezer bag flat on the counter and fill it with berries
6. Put a straw in one corner of the bag and zip the top closed
7. Use the straw to suck the air out of the baggie
8. Quickly remove the straw and seal the baggie shut
9. Store in the freezer until needed (they are best if used within six months)
We would love to hear how it goes! =)