In the summer when berries are cheap and delicious, buy some extra and freeze to enjoy when the sweetness of summer is long gone! Use this method so you don't end up with an unbreakable, giant ball of berries stuck together in your freezer! You can either wash the berries and let them completely dry before freezing, or wash later when they have thawed. I tend to do the second method for convenience (I never allow enough time for the berries to dry), and if the berries are washed first they might not retain their texture and quality as well.
- Fresh berries
- Lay berries on a cookie sheet or large tray in one layer so they are not all touching.
- Freeze for a few hours.
- Transfer berries to a sealed bag or container.
- When ready to use, thaw slowly in the refrigerator.
- No need to thaw when using in pancakes or baking, just throw them right in the batter frozen!