• Liz

    posted on August 26, 2011 at 9:19 am

    I have frozen berries successfully like this before. But do you have advice of how to defrost them? I have tried leaving them in the plastic bag or container on the counter top and in the fridge. Both times they were a juicy, mushy mess. Is there a better way?

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    Amy Reply:

    @Liz, Try putting them in a colander set over a bowl so that the juice from the berries drains & the berries don’t sit in it.

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  • Zoe

    posted on August 26, 2011 at 9:40 am

    I’ve done this with some blueberries I wanted to save for muffins and it was great! Perhaps the freezing time depends on how much is being frozen, because my blueberries were frozen within an hour. I’ve also read somewhere that whatever you’re flash freezing shouldn’t touch each other or does that not really matter?

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    Amy Reply:

    @Zoe, Touching hasn’t mattered for me as long as they’re dry. I usually leave the berries in the freezer overnight and don’t check them.

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  • Christianne

    posted on August 26, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    Oh well live and learn. We bought quart size containers of blueberries and froze them w/o washing….I took the advice of my yankee sweetie, who picked blueberries every summer. I have no idea what to expect except frozen, unclean berries : p
    Again Amy thanks for being a plethora of great information! Hope you and BABY Green are doing just GREAT! xo

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    Amy Reply:

    @Christianne, The baby was 4 ounces last Tuesday. Amazing!! I had to ask where the other 10 pounds I’ve put are. :)

    xoxo

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  • Kathleen K

    posted on August 26, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    Washing and drying and freezing them IQF style is effective. The advantage is that they are already washed. However, we used to pick enough to last until the next year (50+ pounds) and to do them in this style is was too time consuming. So we picked them over, removing undesirable berries (shriveled, mashed, or green), as well as any bugs, leaves or sticks, and packed them in quart size freezer bags and stacked them gently in the freezer. When it was time to use them, I’d give them a quick rinse in the colander and shake them well to prevent sticking and to get excess water off. They can be thawed further if desired, or for baking in muffins and pancakes, used frozen.

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  • hippie4ever

    posted on August 26, 2011 at 5:16 pm

    If you are near a Trader Joes, they stock frozen organic blueberries, raspberries, strawberries… very reasonable :)

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  • InTolerantChef

    posted on August 28, 2011 at 5:14 am

    Great idea, but my little bush only grows a handful a season, so we eat them quickly!

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  • judee @ Gluten Free A-Z

    posted on August 29, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    Amy,
    This is a great post. I wish my husband had seen it before he attempted to freeze berries that all clumped together in a large strawberry ball in the freezer.

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  • Jason@JLHealth

    posted on September 2, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    Proof once again that a bit of prep beforehand saves a big mess later. I’ll have to try this as anything blueberry is my favorite!

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