4 Easy Ways to Freeze Berries

Photo by: Hector Sanchez

1. Sliced, Crushed, or Pureed Berries
Add 1/2 to 3/4 cup sugar per quart of berries; gently stir until sugar dissolves. Spoon into plastic freezer jars, leaving

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Photo by: Hector Sanchez

1. Sliced, Crushed, or Pureed Berries
Add 1/2 to 3/4 cup sugar per quart of berries; gently stir until sugar dissolves. Spoon into plastic freezer jars, leaving 1/2-inch headspace. Wipe jar rims clean; secure lids. Freeze up to 12 months.

Best Uses: Top off shortcakes, stir into yogurt, layer in an ice-cream parfait.

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Thu, May 23, 2013 12:58 PM EDT

Four quick ways to freeze the fresh-picked flavor of summer berries. | Story by Mary Allen Perry

There's nothing quite as soul-crushing as eating an out-of-season berry. That's why we capture the cobbler-sweet taste of the locally grown jewels by freezing them at their peak. Berries frozen with sugar better retain their color and texture, while those frozen without are perfect for adding to quick breads or cakes.

Just before freezing, gently wash berries in cool water, and pat them dry with paper towels. Remove and discard stems, leaves, and any under-ripe or damaged fruit. Pick one of the methods below, or mix and match. No matter how you freeze 'em, we guarantee you'll never be tempted to buy bland again.

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