Tip for freezing berries
When you have more berries than you can eat fresh or use in James, jellies, and preserves, you will want to freeze the rest.
But if you just dump the berries in a bag or plastic container and then freeze them, they will form a solid mass and you will have to thaw the entire bag when ready to use them, creating a mushy mess that won't keep long even refrigerated.
The solution is to spread the fresh, washed and drained berries on a cookie sheet, only one layer deep. The single layer is important.
Put the sheet into the freezer as close to level as possible. A shelf would be ideal, but I just adjust the frozen stuff underneath until more or less level and then put the sheet of berries on top of that.
Do not put anything on top of the berries!
Leave the sheet there for several hours. A full day is ideal.
By then each berry will be individually frozen solid. They may freeze to the sheet, but are easily broken free with your fingers.
Now transfer the frozen berries to a freezer bag or other freezer container, throw the cookie sheet in the wash, and put the bag back in the freezer. Now you will be able to reach into the bag and extract only the number of berries you need to thaw, leaving the rest frozen.
It really works!
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