How to Freeze Berries

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Awhile back we talked about target prices for fruit. Unless it’s a special occasion, I try to purchase fruits for $1.00/pound or less. I stock up on the fruits that are on sale and try to preserve them for future eating.
Since we love smoothies and milkshakes, frozen berries are a great thing to have on hand. To buy a bag of frozen berries can cost me $2-5 a bag. So, it makes so much more sense to buy strawberries at $0.88 a pound (our recent sale price locally) and package them for the freezer myself.

How to Freeze Strawberries:

  • Wash, hull, and slice or quarter the berries. (If you do this with blueberries or blackberries, just rinse with vinegar water.) Lay out in a single layer on a tray covered with plastic wrap or a silpat mat.
  • Freeze until firm.
  • Remove from the freezer and transfer to freezer bags.

Use only what you need and return the bag to the freezer.

How do you buy your berries – fresh or frozen?

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  1. i usually buy my fresh but my freezer is tiny and disfunctional (9 inches wide with a broken ice maker and two broken shelves) so if it's the off season and i need some i'll usually buy a frozen bag then. i just don't have the space to store much.

  2. I have been wanting to do this. but other than smoothies and milkshakes, which aren't popular at our house (except for momma) what else can you use them for?

  3. I always thought California was more expensive! I'm very jealous of your prices, there is absolutely no way I could ever get strawberries at .88/lb here. Right now, this week, the best deal around here is 5.99 for a 4lb box. That is actually an awesome deal for my area. I picked my own raspberries for 2.99/lb and I thought that was an amazing price for raspberries. Only a very few fruits get to $1/lb around here, and that's only VERY occasionally. If I had that target price, we'd NEVER eat fruit. My target price is $2/lb or less. (Or $1/pc for things like mangos and avocado) Anyway, I've been freezing a lot around here, too, as much as I can in my small freezer! And Sandee, I like to use frozen fruit in baked goods and stuff like pancakes. You can also make ice cream sauces and pancake/waffle syrup with the frozen fruit.

  4. Duck's Mom says:

    Sandee, you could puree them and use them in yogurt as well. Or on ice cream. or even baby food (which is how i fed both of my boys fresh fruits in the middle of winter).

  5. Sandee – I also use my frozen fruit for baked goods that use fruit – like banana bread or strawberry muffins. No need to wait for them to be over ripe!
    I stock up on fresh seasonal fruit & veggies and freeze whatever we can't use right away. Just posted about my favorite freezing method yesterday.

  6. Thanks for the vinegar water rinse link! I just got free blueberries from publix, but I'm leaving town tomorrow for a week, and was planning to freeze them! Now I know how! Hooray for procrastinating yesterday and not getting around to it!!Both of your blogs are great! Thanks so much!

  7. Like you I buy my fresh on sale… and really stock up when in season. I freeze similar to you. I let the strawberries ripen as much as possible before freezing… yummm. We use them in pancakes, smoothies, for fruit syrup you name it. Next year I plan to pick and make homemade jam but we ran out of time this year.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Does anyone know what to do with sour cherries? We moved to a place with two sour cherry trees but I'm not sure how to preserve. Any suggestions?

  9. Anonymous says:

    I too need something to do w/ Bing cherries…my neighbor talked me into a diet this week, south beach, whch does not allow fruit for the 1st 2 weeks, but, hate to waste…any suggestions???


  10. FishMama says:

    Make cherry pies and freeze them! Or just pit and freeze the cherries to make a pie later. Sour cherries are perfect for pie. I can't find them cheap, so I used sweet cherries last year: Just use more sugar. Yum!

  11. Why rinse in vinegar water? And what is the ratio? I’m glad to know if this will help 🙂 I rinse and try to freeze raspberries but they always are falling apart… any hints?

    • Jessica says:

      Vinegar has anti-bacterial properties. I don’t have a scientific measurement. I just spray them generously and then rinse. Raspberries are very fragile. I don’t have tricks for those.

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