The month of April is the start of the peak berry season. I am so excited that that time is finally upon us! I have always been a huge fan of all berries but blueberries, strawberries, raspberries are my favorites! They are all delicious and even more delicious when they are ripe, juicy, and fresh!
Have you ever wondered when you should pick berries, how to choose the best ones, and even how to store and wash them? Well, we’ve got you covered! Read below for all the details to have the best berry season you have ever had!
The Best Time to Buy Berries:
How to choose the best berries:
Blueberries- choose blueberries that are blue all the way around the berry and are firm to the touch.
Strawberries- A strawberry should smell exactly like you want it to taste! If they don’t smell like anything, they probably doesn’t taste like anything much. They should also be bright red and free of bruises or blemishes.
Raspberries- Ripe raspberries should be juicy when you bite into them. Most raspberries have at least a slight sweetness to them with a tartness mixed in. They should be bright red all around the berry and free from blemishes.
How to Store and Wash Berries:
Blueberries- Wash the blueberries and store them in the refrigerator on a paper towel to help soak up moisture and prevent mold from developing. Avoid keeping them in the coldest part of the fridge, or they will get damaged from the cold.
Strawberries- Do not wash your strawberries until you’re ready to use them. Store them in a moisture proof container in the refrigerator for 2-3 days. Make sure you also store them in a single layer.
Raspberries- Like strawberries, do not wash them until you’re ready to use them. When you wash them, do not do it under running water because the pressure can crush them. Instead, place the raspberries in a colander and dip them in a bowl of cold water. Gently swish the colander in the water, then allow the berries to drain. Store them in the refrigerator for 2-3 days.
How to Freeze Berries :
Blueberries- Wash the blueberries and dry them completely. Spread the blueberries in a single layer on a baking sheet. Then place them in the freezer for 2 hours. Transfer the frozen blueberries to a ziplock bag or airtight container until you’re ready to use them. They will keep in the freezer for up to 12 months.
Strawberries– Remove the stems, wash them, then dry them completely. Lay them in a single layer on a baking sheet, freeze them until they’re solid (6-8 hours). Transfer them to a ziplock bag, and keep them frozen until you’re ready to use them. Frozen strawberries will keep in the freezer for up to six months.
Raspberries- Rinse the raspberries and let them drain for 10 minutes. Then place them on a paper towel to remove excess water, dry them completely. Neatly arrange them in a single layer on a baking sheet. Stick them in the freezer for 3-5 hours, then transfer the frozen raspberries into a ziplock bag or airtight container until you’re ready to use them. They will keep in the freezer for up to 12 months.
Fun and Fast Ways to Serve Berries:
Berries are one of the easiest things to squeeze into your diet! I will be posting some of my favorite berry recipes this week but if you’re in need of a few quick ways to serve berries here they are.
1. Put them in your salad. I love the little bit of sweetness that berries can add into a salad. You would be amazed!
2. Stick them into a smoothie or a shake. If you’re tired of your same old smoothie or shake recipe, throw some berries in the blender to help spruce them up.
3. Toss your favorite berries in a bowl and sprinkle some sugar for a delicious (and oh so healthy) treat!
4. Top your favorite yogurt with some berries and granola for a delicious homemade parfait. And if you’re eating it for breakfast it will make you feel like you’re having dessert for breakfast!
Make sure you stay tuned all week for some fantastic and delicious berry recipes!
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