How to Store Blackberries

Store fresh blackberries properly for a delicious treat. image by OldGreySeaWolf: morguefile.com

Overview

Almost nothing says summer like the sweet taste of blackberries. These juicy, plump berries are ripe for picking for most of the summer in many places. Whether you grow your own, pick them from a farm or purchase them from the grocery store, store them properly. Blackberries are fragile so you must handle them carefully. These berries can be stored at room temperature, refrigerated or frozen for long-term storage.

Step 1

Store fresh blackberries at room temperature immediately after picking. Blackberries can be stored at room temperature for one or two days.

Step 2

Spread blackberries on a single layer on a baking sheet. Pick out and discard any berries that appear overly soft or appear to be spoiling. Place the berries in the refrigerator on the baking sheet and use within several days.

Step 3

Place the blackberries in a colander and wash them under cold running water. Cut out the hulls, if desired. Allow the berries to drain for approximately 15 minutes and then spread the blackberries on a single layer on a baking sheet and place them in the freezer. Allow the blackberries to freeze on the baking sheet for approximately two hours. Remove from the freezer, and place the individually frozen berries into a plastic freezer bag. Seal the bag and freeze for up to 10 months.

Tips and Warnings

  • Use or freeze berries as quickly as possible. If the berries appear dull or shriveled after several days they are beginning to lose flavor.

Things You'll Need

  • Baking sheet
  • Paring knife
  • Plastic freezer bags

References

  • Blackberries
  • Picking Blackberries
Keywords: Blackberries, Storage, Freezing

About this Author

Kathryn Hatter is a veteran home-school educator and regular contributor to "Natural News." She is an accomplished gardener, seamstress, quilter, crocheter, painter, cook, decorator and digital graphics creator and she enjoys technical and computer gadgets. Hatter's Internet publications specialize in natural health and she plans to continue her formal education in the health field, focusing on nursing.

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