Would you like to have fresh berries year round?

This comes courtesy of one of my favorite blogs, 100daysofrealfood.com. I always wanted to find a way to stretch the fresh berry season and now, thanks to Lisa I have! All winter I got great frozen organic berries at Earth Fare (they have great sales/coupons) for my smoothies, but it would certainly cost less to make my own. I can’t wait to try!

  1. Freeze unwashed berries in batches on a baking sheet and once they are frozen transfer them to a large zip lock back or other freezer-proof container. Wash frozen berries with a quick rinse before adding to things like cereal, smoothies, plain yogurt, pancakes, or homemade muffins. Frozen berries can also be used to make recipes like jamsand pie. (Note: I have frozen berries that had already been washed, and I thought the outcome was fine.)
  2. Make homemade jam that you either freeze or can. Be sure to check out “How to Can Some Jam”
  3. tutorial for a berry-honey jam recipe that doesn’t call for refined sugar or pectin.
  4. Dehydrate berries whole or puree them first to make homemade fruit leathers (similar to fruit roll ups). You can use either a dedicated dehydrator or a regular oven on a very low temperature. The dehydrated whole berries can be eaten as a snack or added to foods like granola, oatmeal, or yogurt.

Make complete dishes with fresh berries and then freeze them. Some examples are blueberry muffins, raspberry pancakes, mixed berry smoothies, berry sauce (for yogurt), and blackberry pie. For things like pancakes you can use the baking sheet freezer method mentioned in #1 or you can freeze them all together at one time between sheets of waxed paper.

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