This week (and last week I think) blackberries are on sale at Kroger — for $1. A while back, they had raspberries on sale for $1. The blackberries are regular $3.99 (I think) . . getting them for $1/package is a steal. Wednesday when I had to go get the tires rotated on the Honda, I went by Kroger while I was in town and got 10 packs. I figured if they weren’t great, I could make jelly with them but they were great. The seeds weren’t huge, like some tame blackberries, and they’re sweet! When I went back to town to take the Highlander to get the tires rotated yesterday, I went back by Kroger and got 10 more packs.
I simply wash the blackberries, and lay them out on a towel with no lint. Then I put them in the freezer til they’re frozen hard. I wash strawberries and raspberries before flash freezing them but do not wash blueberries before freezing them. I’ve heard that washing them ahead of time makes the skins tough so I take them from the freezer, and rinse them with a bit of warm water. It washes them and helps them thaw a bit before adding them to whatever we’re eating.
Then I put them in the freezer til they’re frozen hard and then I scrunch the towel around til the berries all become unstuck from each other.
They’re placed in either a freezer zipper bag or a Food Saver bag and vacuum sealed.
From the $10 in blueberries, I got 4 packs (one is in the fridge, three are in the freezer). I keep blackberries, blueberries, strawberries and raspberries in the freezer and I only buy them when they’re on sale. We sprinkle a few on cereal or on oatmeal and they taste just like fresh! We sometimes use them when making juice too.
For $1/pack, I buy a few extras and freeze them and in the summer, when it’s so hot, I’ll throw some frozen fruit out to the chickens and they get a real treat. Some day we’ll have our own blackberries, blueberries, strawberries and maybe raspberries, but for now, I’m very happy to find them on sale.
Be watchful for those bargains and be very sure that you’ll be able to preserve/keep the food til you can use it. Anything that gets wasted is not a bargain!