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Freezing Berries

October2010 278 Even though my berry plants are only 2 years old, they have produced very well! We have had several freezes and 2 light dustings of snow, and my raspberries and strawberries are continuing to produce fruit!  They have slowed down considerably, but the fruit still trickles in. My blackberries, blueberries and gooseberries have behaved properly and acknowledged the season.

The problem I have found with my berries is that I either have too little or too much. Not enough to do anything with but use on cereal. Or so much that there is no way we can eat it all before it goes bad. I do use it make jams, but harvests are not predictable, and I can’t always clear my schedule just because the berries are ripe. So whether I have too little and want to save up berries to make muffins or have too much, I freeze berries to keep them from spoiling.

I collect my berries in a colander, then I can bring them in and rinse them immediately and let them air dry: October2010 320

Once the berries are dry, I lay them out flat on a cookie sheet: October2010 317 I lose some in the process to my little helper!
I place the cookie sheet in the freezer for several hours or until the berries are frozen solid. Then I place the berries in a container with a lid (but a gallon size plastic bag would work too).
October2010 321Even if you don’t grow your own berries you can use this technique to take advantage of the great berry sales at your grocery store or Farmer’s Market in the spring and fall. I add frozen berries directly to smoothies and muffins. I thaw them before I make jam.
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About Alea Milham

Alea Milham is the owner and editor of Premeditated Leftovers. She shares her tips for saving money and time while reducing waste in her home. Her favorite hobby, gardening, is a frugal source of organic produce for her recipes. She believes it is possible to live fully and eat well while spending less.


  1. I so want to plant raspberries this spring! I am re-doing my strawberry beds – what type of strawberries did you plant that are still producing?

  2. I plant everbearing Strawberries and they definitely live up to their name!

    I also put down a thick layer of bark which holds in moisture in the hot summer weather and insulates the roots against the cold. Once the temperatures begin to drop below 25 regularly I will mulch them with the fallen leaves.

  3. Thanks for sharing! We have a bunch of raspberry plants and this will come in handy this year :)

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