Frozen berries are a great way to bring summer vibes into the harsh winter months, and they can be a great addition to smoothies, tarts, muffins and tons of other recipes. However, freezing berries can have some variables, as not all are created equal. Use this blog to learn how to freeze blackberries properly with our tips and tricks.
If there’s one thing that can bring summer vibes into the harsh winter months, it’s frozen berries. While most grocery stores sell frozen berries, some are far better than others. Freezing berries have some variables, as not all berries are created equal.
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For example, strawberries are hardy and can handle being frozen longer than some other berries, so they’re lovely for smoothies and tarts. On the other hand, blueberries are extremely sensitive to changes in temperature, so they need to be used more quickly.
Wash The Berries
The first step in removing the thorns from your blackberries is to wash them. Place the berries in a bowl and pour cold water on them from above. Rub the berries together using your hands until you feel the thorns peeling off.
Now place the berries in a colander and pour more cold water. The water will help to rinse off the berries and any remaining thorns. After washing them, it’s time to pick through them. Make sure you’ve removed any berries that are rotten or severely damaged. Once you have them all picked through, you’re ready to cook them.
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Remember, you’re trying to wash away any grime. You might want to use a cleaning product to help you out. Use a cleaning product to get rid of the dirt and grime on your blackberries.
Cleaning your blackberries will help them grow better. If you’re worried about having too much dirt or a foul smell, you can use vinegar or lemon juice instead.
Spread on a Sheet
Pick out any berries that are bruised or look rotten. Spread the berries out on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Make sure that the berries are not touching each other, as this will help to prevent them from sticking together.
If there are any blueberries present, remove them from the group of blackberries, and set them aside to be eaten later.
Place Berries In The Freezer.
The berries need to be frozen to be palatable, and simply using the freezer can leave them incredibly hard. Place them on a baking sheet and put them in the freezer to get around this. The baking sheet is essential to easily remove the blackberries when they’re frozen and drop them in a blender.
Using the freezer on its own will take much longer (about a day) and leave you with rock-hard blackberries. Once the berries are frozen, blend them until it’s a smooth slush.
Depending on your blender’s power, you may need to blend the berries in batches. Once it’s smooth, please return it to the freezer for about half an hour to make it more palatable for drinking.
Blanching The Blackberries (Optional)
Blackberries are a delicious berry and are easy to grow if you have the correct location. They produce much fruit and don’t require as much work as other types of berries. After picking a berry, you can eat it right away or store it in the refrigerator for later use.
Some people like to freeze their berries to use all year round. If you plan on storing them in the freezer, it’s best to blanch them first. To do this, first, wash your berries and remove any stems. Then, place them on a sheet and place the sheet in the freezer.
Let them freeze for several hours or overnight. Then, you can place them in an airtight container or freezer bag in the freezer. If you need to use them later, you can put them in a bowl and thaw them by running cold water over them.
Using Frozen Blackberries
Step 1: Take the blackberries out of the freezer and leave them for about an hour to thaw out.
Step 2: Put the blackberries in the blender with some water and ice.
Step 3: Put on the lid and blend them until they are nice and smooth.
Step 4: Pour the mixture through a sieve to get rid of any ice or seeds.
Step 5: Pour the blackberry smoothies into glasses and serve.
Ways to use Frozen Blackberries
The beauty of blackberries is that they are easy to grow and harvest and are delicious! Blackberries are also very versatile in recipes! Blackberries are delicious in hot cereal or oatmeal.
Add one teaspoon of sugar or honey to the oatmeal to preserve the flavor, then top with blackberries. Blackberries are also great in frozen desserts like smoothies or milkshakes. If you keep blackberries in the freezer, don’t forget to wash them right before using them.
Utilize Frozen Blackberries
Blackberries are in season right now. This is the perfect time to get the maximum out of this delicious fruit. You can make blackberry lemonade or blackberry ice cream or freeze them and enjoy a sweet, juicy treat.
Before buying a carton, though, remember that blackberries are full of health benefits. They’re high in vitamin C, have anti-inflammatory properties, and are a great way to treat diabetes and cancer.
Frozen blackberries have much nutritional value that people often overlook simply because they are often overshadowed by the more popular fruits like bananas, apples, oranges, and strawberries.
Frozen blackberries are packed with antioxidants that fight against the free radicals in our bodies and help to reduce the risk of cancer. They are also packed with fiber that helps to keep our bodies regular, regulate blood sugar levels, and help lower cholesterol levels.
Freezing blackberries also helps preserve their nutritional value, so when you buy them at the grocery store, buy frozen blackberries instead of fresh blackberries.