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Tips for Freezing Berries

By Deb Botzek-Linn, Extension Educator — Food Safety

Reviewed 2012 by Suzanne Driessen, Extension Educator — Food Safety.

Food preservation season begins with preserving berries: frozen, canned, dried, or jams and jellies. The freezing of berries is a great place for a "new" food preserver to develop their skills.

Preserve fruits as soon as possible after harvest and at their peak of ripeness.

Do not soak berries in water. To clean, place the berries in a colander, dip into cool water, and gently swish, drain.

Fruit can be frozen with sugar, in a sugar water syrup, or unsweetened. Unsweetened fruits lose quality faster than those packed in sugar or sugar syrups.

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