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3 Methods To Protect Contemporary Summer time Berries


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Mar 21, 2024
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There are various methods to protect contemporary summer time berries (like raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, blueberries, and many others.). However, the
Ways to Preserve Fresh Summer Berries

Ways to Preserve Fresh Summer Berries
finest 3 that we now have discovered are freezing & vacuum sealing, water tub canning, and dehydrating.

I like to protect contemporary summer time berries. Within the summertime when the berries begin to ripen; the home-grown ones simply style so significantly better than store-bought (and value quite a bit much less too). The one downside with contemporary summer time berries is that they have an inclination to go unhealthy or mildew so rapidly. So, it’s vital to have a number of techniques for preserving their fantastic taste.

Every of the methods to protect contemporary summer time berries have their execs and cons as detailed under. Simply choose the perfect technique on your scenario and begin preserving!


This submit is a part of a bloggers’ round-up with directions on preserving 23 of the most well-liked vegatables and fruits. If you wish to protect your harvest however aren’t positive the best way to go about it, we’ve received your again. For those who don’t have a backyard of your individual, reap the benefits of native farmers’ markets and you-pick orchards. Scroll down to seek out the hyperlinks to all the good posts which can be a part of the Preserving the Harvest sequence.



Contemporary Raspberries – Prepared for Preservation

Technique 1 – Vacuum Sealing & Freezing​

At the moment, by vacuum sealing, we will freeze entire berries (with out worrying about freezer burn). Then we will use them later for no matter strikes our fancy – cobblers, pies, jams, muffins, pancakes – you get the concept.

We vacuum pack the strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries that develop on our property; however the course of is similar for berries of all kinds (blueberries, gooseberries, loganberries, saskatoons, cranberries, and many others.).

This is likely one of the best methods to protect fruit. All you want is the summer time berries, a vacuum sealer, the baggage, and a freezer!

Advantages of Frozen Berries:​

First, frozen berries are fantastic for making baked items everytime you need – if something, frozen berries make barely BETTER baked items as a result of they free slightly moisture when freezing. This intensifies their flavors and tends to make higher textured doughs and batters.

Frozen berries are additionally terrific for making smoothies. They make thick frozen drinks with out watering issues down with ice or having so as to add yogurt or bananas. Merely add your smoothie substances right into a blender and mix. Then, with the blender working, slowly add the frozen berries and let the blender run till the berries are absolutely integrated into the smoothie.

Lastly, by freezing berries when they’re in excellent situation, you possibly can delay the second method of preserving contemporary summer time berries -canning jams & jellies. till their is extra time and the climate is extra conducive to standing in entrance of a sizzling range.

How To Protect Berries by Vacuum Sealing & Freezing:​

Step 1 (The Finest Berries):​

First, begin with the perfect, freshest berries you could find. Simply picked (early morning for peak taste) berries harvested at peak maturity, and processed instantly are the perfect.

Fresh Picked Strawberries

Fresh Picked Strawberries

Contemporary Picked Strawberries

Step 2 (Wash & Put together):​

Gently wash the berries, take away any leaves and too gentle (overripe) berries, and lay out on towels to dry. Be certain that they’re dry earlier than the following step or they are going to stick collectively. For strawberries, they’ll additionally be hulled (inexperienced cap eliminated) at this step.



Individully Frozen Raspberries & Blackberries on Sheet Pan

Step 3 (Freeze In a single day):​

Unfold the berries out in a single layer on giant sheet pans, and put them within the freezer in a single day. This fashion they freeze individually, so later you should use solely what’s wanted with out thawing the remaining.

how to preserve berries by vacuum sealing & freezing

how to preserve berries by vacuum sealing & freezing

Individually Frozen Contemporary Blueberries, Raspberries, & Blackberries

Step 4 (Vacuum Seal [Pack] Berries):​

After they’re completely frozen, vacuum seal (vacuum pack) them in handy portions based on your vacuum sealers directions. As a result of they’re frozen, you don’t have to fret about your vacuum sealer crushing them.

Step 5 (Label & Retailer):​

Label the baggage (with contents, amount, and date) and put them within the freezer. If you end up prepared for some contemporary summertime taste – thaw and use!

Vacuum Sealed Strawberries

Vacuum Sealed Strawberries

Frozen & Vacuum Sealed Strawberries

The contemporary raspberry/blackberry cobblers and strawberry shortcake we loved final winter (sizzling from the oven – with ice cream), nonetheless make my mouth water. You too can protect contemporary avocados similarly (see Freezing Avocados).

Technique 2 – Water Tub Canning​

Water tub canning is one other technique that can be utilized to protect contemporary summer time berries. Complete berries could be water tub preserved for later use in baking, however I discover freezing the entire berries utilizing the strategy above simpler and fewer time consuming. So, we usually use water tub canning for making jams, jellies, and different gentle spreads.

There are a number of extra instruments essential for water tub canninng. You’ll want the water tub canner, jars, rings, and lids. A jar lifter and canning funnel are additionally handy to have readily available however not completely essential.



Water Canned Blended Berry Jam

Advantages of Water Tub Canning:​

By water tub canning your individual jams, jellies, and gentle spreads, you management the substances that go into them. Additionally, contemporary summer time berries which have been preserved by water tub canning have a really lengthy shelf life within the pantry and don’t rely on electrical energy and a freezer for preservation.

The number of jams, jellies, and gentle spreads that may be created from contemporary berries is sort of countless and so they make nice items if ornamental jars and lids are used when canning. They usually’re not restricted to topping simply toast and muffins, they make nice ice cream or dessert toppings, meat glazes, and yogurt or smoothie additions.

How To Protect Berries by Water Tub Canning:​

It’s not tough to water tub can contemporary berries when you’ve accomplished it a number of instances and the perfect directions on the best way to do it are most likely accomplished by Ball (the producer of a number of the finest canning provides). So somewhat than attempt to repeat their wonderful directions on the best way to water tub can, you could find them HERE.

When you’re comfy with the best way to protect berries by water tub canning, right here’s a recipe for Blended Berry Jam to get began:



Blended Berry Jam​


Combine and match your favourite berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and many others.) to create this straightforward and scrumptious jam.


  • 4 cups crushed berries combine and match your favorites
  • 4 1/2 tbsp Ball RealFruit Basic Pectin
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 6 Half Pint (8 oz) Jelly Jars with Lids and Bands


  • Put together boiling water canner. Warmth jars in simmering water till prepared to be used. Don’t boil. Wash lids in heat soapy water and set bands apart.

  • Mix berries in an 8-quart saucepan. Steadily stir within the pectin. Deliver combination to a full rolling boil that can not be stirred down, over excessive warmth, stirring consistently.

  • Add complete quantity of sugar, stirring to dissolve. Return combination to a full rolling boil. Boil laborious 1 minute, stirring consistently. Take away from warmth. Skim foam, if essential.

  • Ladle sizzling jam into sizzling jars, one after the other, leaving 1/4″ head house. Wipe rims. Heart lids on jars. Apply bands and alter to fingertip tight.

  • Place stuffed jars in canner making certain they’re coated by 1 to 2 inches of water. Place lid on canner. Deliver water to a mild, regular boil.

  • Course of jars for 10 minutes, adjusting for altitude. Flip off warmth, take away canner lid and let jars stand for five minutes. Take away jars and funky. Test lids for seal after 24 hours. Lids mustn’t flex up and down when heart is pressed.

Technique 3 – Dehydrating​

The ultimate strategy to protect contemporary summer time berries is dehydrating them. After dehydrating, you too can flip them into powder for numerous makes use of. In fact, for this technique you’ll want a dehydrator.



Dehydrated & Floor Raspberries

Advantages of Dehydrating Contemporary Berries:​

Dehydrating berries means that you can flip them right into a nutrient and fiber wealthy ingredient that will even retailer on the pantry shelf for lengthy durations of time with no need to rely on the freezer or electrical energy.

For those who flip the dehydrated berries into powder, then the powder can be utilized in some ways so as to add wholesome vitamins and fiber. A number of of those embody mixing the powder into yogurt, smoothies, oatmeal, milk, and pudding. They will also be used as pure meals coloring.

How To Protect Berries by Dehydrating:​

Dehydrating berries may be very straightforward.



Dehydrated Berries​


  • Contemporary Berries (raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, and many others.)


  • Examine berries and take away and unhealthy berries or particles.

  • Rinse utilizing a 2:1 vinegar to water wash. Shake gently to empty, then lay out on towels to dry.

  • Plase berries on dehydrator rack and dehydrate at 125°F for twenty-four – 36 hours or till dry.


To powder the dehydrated berries, place in a blender of espresso grinder and pulse till the berries are powdered. Run by way of a effective sieve to take away seeds and retailer in an hermetic container with a dessicant pack to soak up moisture.



Dehydrating Strawberries (picture courtesy of The Purposeful Pantry)

For extra detailed images and directions, there are some good dehydrating tutorials at The Purposeful Pantry. There’s one on Dehydrating Raspberries, Dehydrating Blackberries, and Dehydrating Strawberries.

This submit is a part of the blogger roundup Preserving the Harvest.​

Do you’re keen on preserving the harvest as a lot as we do? Click on the hyperlinks under and get detailed directions for preserving 23 of the most well-liked vegatables and fruits​


Preserving Greens (in alphabetical order)​

How to Preserve Carrots by Freezing, Canning, and More from Oak Hill Homestead

4 Easy Ways to Preserve Cauliflower from Dehydrating Made Straightforward

Cucumber Fresh Pack Garlic Dill Pickles Recipe from The Self Enough HomeAcre

Make Your Own Garlic Powder and Other Ways to Preserve Garlic from Studying & Craving

How to Freeze Your Green Bean Harvest from The Reid Homestead

How to Preserve Leafy Greens from Homespun Seasonal Dwelling

Preserving Okra by Freezing, Canning, Fermenting, and Dehydrating from Schneider Peeps

5 Ways to Preserve Onions for Storage from Rockin W Homestead

How to Dehydrate Parsnips & Make Parsnip Chips from The Purposeful Pantry

3 Ways to Preserve Peppers from Develop a Good Life

5 Ways to Store Potatoes from A Trendy Homestead

Ways to Preserve Radishes from The Purposeful Pantry

How to Freeze Squash (and Other Preservation Methods) from Our Impressed Roots

Freezing Tomatoes for Preserving Later in the Year from Stone Household Farmstead

3 Easy Ways to Preserve Zucchini from Develop a Good Life

Preserving Fruit (in alphabetical order)​

Guide to Preserving Apples from Oak Hill Homestead

3 Methods To Protect Contemporary Summer time Berries from Higher Hens & Gardens

How to Make Cherry Jam from Scratch from The Self Enough HomeAcre

3 Quick Ways to Preserve Grapes from Homestead Girl

3 Best Ways To Preserve Mulberries from My Homestead Life

How To Preserve Oranges On The Homestead from 15 Acre Homestead

How to Freeze Peaches from A Trendy Homestead

How To Preserve Strawberries On The Homestead from 15 Acre Homestead
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