In preparation for those cooler months when fresh fruit isn't widely available, stock up on your favorite fruits and freeze them.
May 02, 2011
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Stocking up on and freezing seasonal berries, such as strawberries, 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.
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Trim away any green leaves or stems, place berries in a colander, and gently rinse in cool water until clean.
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Remove berries from colander, and spread on a dish towel; allow them to air-dry completely.
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Distribute evenly on a jelly-roll pan, and place in the freezer for about an hour or until slightly frozen.
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Remove from freezer, and transfer berries to a plastic zip-top bag. Store in the freezer for up to six months.