Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Freezing Blueberries and Raspberries

They're here! The price on blueberries is swiftly coming down in grocery stores as they come into season. If you have blueberry bushes, you'll be picking them soon, with raspberries coming along in about a month.

But what to do with all those gorgeous berries? There's only so much jam your family can eat. Turns out blueberries and raspberries are very easy to freeze. Buy extra berries and pop them into the freezer for the winter. It's so easy that your children can help you. But watch out, they'll be sneaking berries!

One pint of berries fits perfectly in a quart-sized freezer bag. Here's the catch -- they can't be wet. Make sure there aren't any reject berries, pour them into a freezer bag, lay flat and spread them a little bit so they're not bunched together and the excess air is out, close and freeze. It's that easy. Wash the frozen berries just before you use them.

And that's it. I store four quart size bags inside a gallon bag so they're not all over the freezer. When it's cold outside again, and someone feels like a blueberry pie or cobbler, or pancakes with berries in them -- they're a wonderful treat.

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