How do you freeze fresh berries quickly and easily?


Quick Answer

To freeze fresh berries quickly and easily, wash the berries, pat them dry with a towel, remove any stems or damaged fruit, and place them in a single layer on a baking sheet to freeze. Once the berries are frozen solid, transfer them to freezer containers or bags.

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  1. Wash and dry the berries

    Gently rinse the berries in cool water, and pat them dry with kitchen or paper towels. Clean the berries just before freezing to avoid rotting or mold growth.

  2. Sort the fruit

    Remove any stems or leaves from the berries, and discard any rotten, damaged or under-ripe fruit.

  3. Freeze the berries

    On a baking sheet, lay out the berries in a single layer, and place the pan in the freezer. Once the berries are frozen solid, remove the sheet pan from the freezer. Frozen berries can be left in the freezer for a day or two before packaging.

  4. Package and store the frozen fruit

    Pack the berries into freezer bags or other freezer-safe containers. If using freezer bags, leave 1 inch of space at the top of the bag to allow for any expansion of the fruit. Squeeze out the air from the bags, and seal. Store the bags flat in the freezer for up to eight months.

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