If you are lucky enough to have a blackberry bush growing somewhere in your yard, you know that not only do they yield a lot if you have a bunch of them, but they taste amazing. Even if you don't have a blackberry bush, now is the season for them, and you will find them at stores for amazing discounts better than any other time of the year. In any case, you might find yourself with an over-abundance of blackberries and not know what to do with them all. Here are some tips on how to freeze blackberries, as well as 10 tantalizing blackberry recipes to try out.
How to Freeze Blackberries
Blackberries, like other berries, are ideal for freezing because they tend to freeze quickly, and they are great in most dishes you would use them in fresh after being frozen. While it is true all berries tend to get mushy upon thawing, they also are great for everything from smoothies to sauces and even pies. To freeze blackberries, simply place them in a single layer on a cookie sheet in your freezer. You will want to put wax or parchment paper down to keep them from sticking. Freeze like this for an hour or more and then transfer them to a container.
The reason you want to do it this way is because if you just throw them all in a bag, you will end up with one giant chunk of frozen berries, not individual ones. Make sure to also label when you froze them. Berries hold their freshness for several months, but they will start to lose some after 2 months or so for certain dishes like pies.
10 Tantalizing Blackberry Recipes
Blackberry Vanilla Scones from Butter with a side of Bread sound heavenly to me. Can you imagine how great they smell when they are baking?
Doesn't this Blackberry Honey Walnut Salad from Carlsbad Cravings sound like a perfect way to meet for lunch?
I mentioned making smoothies with your frozen blueberries and this Blackberry Banana Bliss Smoothie from Creme de la Crumb sounds like a fantastic one.
If you plan on making biscuits or toast soon, make some of this Whipped Blackberry Honey Butter from This Silly Girl's Life to go on it!
You don't need an ice cream maker for this Easy Blackberry Ice Cream from The View from Great Island.
Make summer BBQs awesome with this Blackberry BBQ Sauce from Macheesmo via Tablespoon.
Speaking of summer stuff, why not try this refreshing Fresh-Squeezed Blackberry Lemonade from Paint Chips and Frosting.
I can't imagine a better summer dessert than this Blackberry Lime Cake from Creme de la Crumb.
These Homemade Blackberry Fruit Roll-Ups from Paleo Grubs look so juicy for fruit leather! I can't wait to make some of my own.
Try making these Blackberry Ombre Popcicles from Tutti Dolce for something so pretty you may have a hard time eating it!