Last weekend my husband and I went to an adorable cabin for the weekend. Check in was at 3, so we took our time. Luckily, we happened upon an amazing pick your own berries farm! Berries aren’t fresh and local for long, so we indulged and then did what any good homesteader wanna be does – freeze them. Because I went on a Low Sugar Strawberry-Rhubarb Jam making festival when we were swimming in strawberries, we’re now swimming in freezer jam.
Here are my tips on berries:
- Do pick your own and make sure they’re organic. It’s just more fun that way. Or buy them in the store:)
- Take more than you need, then freeze it or make jam. If buying local and eating seasonally is important to you, then canning & freezing are your two best friends. Use the darkest for eating now and adding to jam, use the lighter more firm berries for freezing.
- When freezing berries, they come out the best if you don’t wash them. You say dirt & bugs, I say minerals & protein. If you do wash them, dry them thoroughly and then freeze them on parchment, not touching.
- Be stingy – adding just a few berries to a smoothie is more than enough. My husband dumped a handful in and not only did it pilfer our berry supply, it made the smoothies filled with tiny berry seeds.
- Save them for special occasions – using a single berry on a dessert is elegant, using a pile of them can sour even the sweetest dessert.
And most importantly, enjoy your berries all year long! See you next year pick your own patch…