I was out weeding the other day and looked up to discover that the raspberries are ripe! They always sneak up on me like that. I’m sure that there were not any berries even close to being ready the day before. And now I have more than I can eat–a delightful dilemma. However, there’s also not enough to make into jam. So what I do is freeze them.There’s a trick to it though, unless you want to end up with a big ol frozen lump of berries. This method works on any berry.
Here’s what you do:
Gently pour picked berries into a colander and rinse. Drain and let air dry a bit. Now put them onto a cookie sheet or pizza pan. Spread them out so that they do not touch. Place in freezer until frozen. This does not take long since they are so small–about 1 to 2 hours. Now, using a spatula up- side-down (Don’t know why, but it works best that way.) gently scrape the berries off the pan and scoop into a labeled and dated freezer bag. Carefully place in freezer. You can continue adding to this bag until it is full. Since each berry has been individually frozen, they pour out separately. You can take out the exact amount you want.
There are so many thing that you can do with these little frozen goodies. Once you have enough, you can make a batch of raspberry jam. Another of my favorite things to do with them is to use these as ice cubes in lemonade, wine, and in some mixed drinks. These are also excellent in smoothies. You don’t need to add ice! They can be added to your hot or cold breakfast cereal. Top your ice cream with them! These are a few examples; I’m sure you can think of more.