Learning how to freeze raspberries is an easy way to save money and have raspberries on hand whenever you need them.
It took us a while to get into freezing fruits and other foods. I know, if you read any info or blogs about saving money on groceries or meal prepping, freezing is one of the top ways to save money.
I think it just took us a while because we had no idea what we were doing. After some research and trial and error, we’ve been freezing fruit for quite a while now. And you know what, it’s way too easy. It literally only takes a short time but saves us time and money in the long run so it’s definitely worth learning how to freeze raspberries.
I’m actually embarrassed that it took us so long to do it!
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Why Freeze Fresh Raspberries
- You can enjoy raspberries even when they are not in season.
- It preserve the taste.
- It’s easy to do!
- You can save money by growing your own raspberries and freezing them.
- Allows you to purchase raspberries in season when they are cheaper or on sale and use them any time you want.
How to Freeze Raspberries Whole
In this “how to freeze” series, we want to show you just how easy it is to freeze fresh raspberries. It only takes a few minutes but can save you a good amount of money if you like to eat or use raspberries in your desserts.
What You Need to Freeze Fresh Raspberries
Do I need to wash the raspberries? We never rinse off the raspberries because they hold water and it can be hard to get them fully dry. If you try and freeze wet raspberries, they will get mushy. They just don’t freeze well. Instead, we rinse them off when we take them out of the freezer when we are ready to use them.
If you want to wash the raspberries, you need to rinse them and let them dry completely. You can pat them with paper towels but you will also want to let them sit and get rid of any excess water. They have to be completely dry!
Step 1: Arrange the raspberries in a single layer on a cookie sheet. A single layer will make sure that they freeze individually and not in clumps.
Step 2: Place the raspberries in the freezer, uncovered, for a few hours until they are completely frozen.
Step 3: Transfer the fresh frozen raspberries to freezer bags, label them with the date, and store them in the freezer.
That’s it! That is how you freeze raspberries. Easy right? Frozen fresh raspberries last up to a year in the freezer.
Tips We’ve Found When Freezing Fresh Raspberries
- Good freezer bags work much better.
- Avoid the freezer bags with the zipper or slider. We’ve had terrible luck with these. We have had better luck using the orginal ziplock freezer bags.
- Keeping the frozen raspberries flat, and not overfilling the bag, will help you save space.
- Write the date you froze them on them on the bag. This will help you keep track of how long they have been in the freezer. Remember, they keep well in the freezer for up to a year.
- Remove all of the air from the bag when freezing the raspberries. If you have air in the bag, it will cause freezer burn.
Ways to Enjoy Frozen Raspberries
You can use enjoy frozen raspberries as a snack, use them in desserts, add them to oatmeal or breakfast foods, and more.
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