Do you know how to freeze raspberries and blackberries properly?
With the following tips you can enjoy their magnificent taste and the desserts with raspberries and blackberries, even off season.
Red juicy raspberries and the delicious blackberries enrich the desserts, and their slightly sour flavor gives the sweets a special charm. You can in enjoy in their wonderful refreshing taste even when their season is over, so it is necessary to prepare them for freezing in the best possible way.
- Choose raspberries and blackberries that are well matured and avoid fruits that are damaged or too soft.
- Before you put them in the freezer remove the berries that are different in color, immature or begin to mold.
- Next wash the berries with cold water in perforated bowl, then drain and dry well.
- Put the raspberries and blackberries on a baking pan and set them up in one layer.
- Place the pan in the freezer and leave it for one day to freeze.
- The next remove the pan from the freezer and transfer the fruits to freezing bags or containers. In this way you will get a specially frozen berries that don’t stick to each other.
- When placing the fruits in the bags, be sure to remove the excess air from the packaging.
You can use this frozen berries up to six months.
Freezing with sugar
Frozen fruit with sugar has a longer shelf life, and raspberries and blackberries longer retain their color. Use about 5 oz of sugar per 2 lbs of fruit. Make sure to use brown sugar instead of white. Thoroughly mix the fruits with the sugar, taking care not to smash the berries. Put it all in a bag, stick a label with a description of the contents and the packaging date. Freeze these candied fruits and use within 9 to 12 months.