This easy guide shows how to freeze raspberries at home. Raspberries are nutritious, high in fibre and a wonderful addition to any dessert or even your morning cereal but when you can’t use all the fruit your plants are producing, freezing will ensure you will have raspberries for the months to come.
- Tray – Any shallow tray will do such as this baking tray from Amazon. (Paid link)
- Baking Paper
- Freezer Bags
Time needed: 3 hours and 15 minutes.
How to Freeze Raspberries at Home
- Pick Your Raspberries
Pick raspberries when the berry is red all around. Gently hold the berry between your thumb and forefinger then pull downwards. Raspberries are delicate and sometimes a few pips may remain on the plant.
It’s best to freeze berries as soon as possible after picking. First wash the raspberries by filling a bowl with water then gently toss the berries through the water to release any dust that may be on them.
- Prepare the Tray
Next line a baking tray with baking paper then place the berries on the paper making sure they don’t touch each other otherwise they will stick together when frozen.
- Freeze and Store
Place the tray in the freezer for at least 3 hours. Take out then place the frozen berries in a freezer bag. Push out any excess air then tie off. If your freezer bags are thin, try putting one inside another to help prevent freezer burn.
Raspberries thaw quickly once taken out of the freezer. They can be left overnight in the fridge to thaw or if you need them quickly, put in a bowl then microwave on bursts of 10 seconds until thawed enough.
Freezing Raspberries for Desserts
If you are planning on making a pie or tart with the raspberries you can add the required sugar to the raspberries needed for the tart. Leave for a few minutes for the juice to develop then put in a freezer safe container which has enough room for the liquid to expand when frozen.
To thaw, leave in the fridge overnight then use as normal. By using the sugar before freezing you are giving the raspberries more protection from freezer burn.
Looking for a tart pan? Try this quality pan from Amazon. (Paid link)
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Love Berries? Try this guide on freezing Boysenberries or try these guides on growing strawberries or raspberries. Add your favourite berry to this recipe for high fibre breakfast cereal or try these fudgy raspberry brownies.
For more information on canning, freezing and drying food see this guide to Food Preservation.
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