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How To Freeze Raspberries

Having just moved to our new farm in December 2011, we weren’t sure what surprises would be revealed as the snow melted. We were happy to discover in this sweltering heat of July, however, that we’ve got raspberries!

 raspberry 

 We love raspberries and generally turn them into jam, but with as bountiful as our patch has been, we can’t keep up with processing them. So what do we do?

 We freeze the berries!

 Here’s how to freeze raspberries:

 Gently wash your berries. Remove stems, sticks, grass, bugs and other foreign objects.

  washing berries
 

 Carefully set the berries on a tray covered with a paper towel.

 drain berries 

 Gently pat the water from them with a second paper towel.

 pat dry berries 

 Place the pat-dried raspberries in a single layer on a cookie sheet…

 berries cookie sheet 

 …and place the cookie sheet in the freezer at least four hours. When the berries are completely frozen, you can measure them into quart sized freezer bags and stick them back in the freezer.

 bag of berries 

 These berries are perfect for recipes, delayed canning, or just snacking! Enjoy!

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