How to Flash Freeze Berries
One of the best ways to preserve the bounty of summer fruit is by flash freezing. This technique freezes the berries individually instead of bricks of rock hard fruit that are hard to identify, much less use, come January.
Having sweet, frozen berries to use throughout the year in smoothies, milkshakes, pies, muffins, or coffee cake will make you feel so smart and prepared. Give your frugal self a pat on the back.
Thankfully, flash freezing fruit is an incredibly simple process.
First of all, wash, sort, and hull (remove the stems) the berries.
Next, dry the berries. You want to get as much water off of the berries as possible so you’re left with individually frozen berries. A salad spinner works beautifully, almost completely drying the clean berries. I’m not sure if it’d work well for softer fruit like raspberries or blackberries, but it’s great for strawberries or blueberries.
Finally, freeze. Tumble the berries onto rimmed baking sheets in a single layer and slide them into the freezer. If your berries are still slightly wet, it helps to use a sheet of parchment paper to prevent sticking to the baking sheet.
Once the berries are firm you can transfer them to storage bags or containers and return them to the freezer to be used as needed.
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