There is nothing better than picking those sweet berries off of the raspberry bush and read more – this post may include affiliate links.
popping them in your mouth. MMMMMmmmMMM they are so good! Yes, for most of you the raspberry season has come and gone, but remember we live at a high altitude. We even had a light frost yesterday August 10th. It nipped the top of my squash. Since we live at that high altitude of 5600 ft. our harvest is a little later than Most. (this blog contains affiliate links)
What do you do with all of those raspberries? Well, at least the ones that make it into the house. The first thing I do is wash them and put them in the strainer. I like to make some of them into freezer jam, but I don’t have a lot of time right now for cooking. For now, I will wash them and put them in the freezer to make whatever I want later on when life slows down a little.
Generally, I have picked all of the leaves, stems or bad berries out of the bucket before I bring them into the house. I run the water over them to wash them up a few at a time. Then I put them into another strainer and wait for them to dry. I place the wax paper onto a cookie sheet (you don’t have to use wax paper it just makes it easier to take them off of the cookie sheet.) Then I put them in the freezer. I make sure it is a thin layer. I freeze them overnight. Then I take them off of the cookie sheet and put them into freezer bags for storage, and put them back into the freezer to enjoy later. I freeze them on the cookie sheet first so they are not all stuck together in a glob.
Another way to store them long-term is drying them in your food dryer. Just put them on the drying racks and plug it in. I like to just eat the dry ones or you can put them into smoothies and other drinks. You could also make fruit leather in your food dryer.
I use my raspberries during the winter months. I like to make yummy things to eat using then. I really like to put them into my smoothies, yogurt and sometimes I like to just eat them frozen, it makes a pretty good treat. You can put them on top of cheesecakes & ice cream. I also like to make raspberry honey. (Sign up for my newsletter and I will send you the directions of how to make raspberry honey.) Or best of all you can make a raspberry milkshakes. Hmm, why wait until winter I think I will make the milkshake now.
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