It’s that time of year when berries are close to being out of season. It’s been nearly impossible to find frozen organic blueberries this year so I’ve been freezing them myself.
Why do you need a special method for freezing berries?
Quite simply, it keeps whatever your freezing from sticking together. Use this method for nearly anything that you’d like to freeze before wrapping – fruit, meatballs, pies.
Here’s what to do:
Wash the berries thoroughly.
Dry the berries completely. You don’t want ice crystals forming on your gorgeous fruit.
Place the berries in a single layer on a baking sheet that will fit into your freezer. (Ignore the couple of shrivled berries in the photo…I must have overlooked them. Yuck.)
Put the baking sheet into the freezer making sure it’s flat. Berries generally freeze in 2 -4 hours.
Once frozen, put the berries in a labeled container. I like to use ZipLoc bags when storing fruit.
Start flash freezing berries now and you’ll have quality fruit at your fingertips all winter long.
Some gluten-free recipe ideas perfect for frozen berries:
- Banana Blueberry Whipped Gelatin from SS&GF
- Berry Lemonade Green Smoothie from SS&GF
- Blueberry Crisp from Gluten-Free Goddess
- Pear Berry Crisp from Affairs of Living