How to Freeze Fresh Berries

In preparation for those cooler months when fresh fruit isn't widely available, stock up on your favorite fruits and freeze them.

Freeze Fresh Berries: Stock Up

Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner

Stock Up

Stocking up on and freezing seasonal berries, such as strawerries, blueberries, and cranberries, allows you to enjoy them year-round. In some cases, you don't need to thaw the berries before using them; for example, just add frozen berries straight to cake or bread batters.

View Recipe: Strawberries Romanoff

Freeze Fresh Berries: Trim

Step 1

Trim away any green leaves or stems, place berries in a colander, and gently rinse in cool water until clean.

Freeze Fresh Berries: Air-Dry

Step 2

Remove berries from colander, and spread on a dish towel; allow them to air-dry completely.

Freeze Fresh Berries: Place in Freezer

Step 3

Distribute evenly on a jelly-roll pan, and place in the freezer for about an hour or until slightly frozen.

Freeze Fresh Berries: Remove from Freezer

Step 4

Remove from freezer, and transfer berries to a plastic zip-top bag. Store in the freezer for up to six months.

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