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Recently I harvested 700g of blackberries – in just one visit to the bushes along our walk to school! Obviously, I am really pleased, as foraging is fun with little ones, but I didn’t have time to use them up. This is how to freeze blackberries and also I have some lovely blackberry recipes below too!
My regular readers will know that we have an allotment. As such we have an excess of produce at particular times of the year.
How to freeze blackberries
Look at your blackberries, remove any under-ripe or overripe ones. Most of mine were pushing it a little on the overripe stage but I decided to freeze them anyway. I’m a rebel I guess..! Anyway, this is how to freeze blackberries:
Can you freeze blackberries?
Yes! See below for my top tips on freezing blackberries.
Wash the blackberries. Drain them as well as you can without squashing them.
Remove any stems or leaves. Also, remove any really squashed blackberries. (Have them in a bowl of muesli or throw them into a smoothie)
Pop the tray in the freezer.
Remove 1-2 hours later. This will vary based on your freezer. I took mine out after 1 hour in the chest freezer. However, if I used the fast freezer drawer in my fridge freezer I’m sure it would have been around 45 minutes. SET A TIMER HERE!
Once they are frozen you can pop them into a storage pot or freezer bag. I like to use storage pots as they are reusable and it cuts down on waste.
Also, they keep items airtight and are easy to open to dispense the required amount.
Can fresh blackberries be frozen?
Yes, absolutely! Follow the above steps as I’ve used this method lots of times now with great results.
How to wash blackberries?
I like to use a colander, and treat them really gently. Then I freeze flat, as detailed above, before placing into an airtight container to avoid them turning mushy.