Raspberry Heaven

When I was out grocery shopping yesterday, I ran across a sale on raspberries.  A 6 oz. container was $.99!!  I bought 12 of them.  Yes, I said 12.  ;) 

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I pondered what to do with all of these.  I love raspberries fresh.  I love them on cereal, yogurt, salad, ice cream, waffles, etc.  However, we all know they don’t last long once they have been picked.  I kept 2 containers out & froze the rest.  I considered jam/preserves for about 30 seconds.   I Googled the procedure and once I learned that I would have to buy all kinds of canning/jarring equipment, that idea was out the window.  LOL!! 

I Googled how to freeze the berries and it was super simple.  I figure now I can use them for baking, smoothies, ice cream, cereal, pancakes, etc.  I washed the berries first by dipping them in cold water in a colander. 

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Then I spread them out over a few dishtowels to dry. 

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Then I spread over a few cookie sheets in a single layer and placed in the freezer.  They need to stay like that for 24 hours and then they can be placed in a bag or Tupperware container. 

I just transferred the berries to their new homes, a Ziplock bag and snagged a few frozen ones to chomp on.  YUM!!  I could used these as ice cubes in seltzer, too!

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I may even go back & buy more this week.  :)  As I always say, best thing about fresh fruit & veggies are that they are naturally gluten-free!

 

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17 Responses

  1. Check out the recipe for raspberry yogurt muffins at The Sensitive Pantry. Yum! And GF.

  2. Awesome deal you got there. I love my freezer. Would do the same if I saw a deal like that.

  3. What a deal! They look terrific, too. So appealing. You’re teaching the gluten free naturally/easily concept, too. The best way to go. :-)

    Shirley

  4. omgosh! buy some for me. lol. that is seriously a great deal.

  5. Yumo!!! So where do you shop?

  6. I freeze raspberries, blueberries, and strawberries all the time and I would do the same exact thing if they were on sale. So what if the cashier thinks I am weird. :-)

    The frozen berries are great in vanilla yogurt and smoothies year round. I find my “homemade” frozen fruit tastes much better than the store-bought frozen fruit.

    Erin S.
    Gluten-Free Fun

  7. I do this, too. After I dry them I put them on a sheet pan and freeze them then put them in zip-loc freezer bags. It keeps them from sticking together and also freezes them faster because they’re in a layer, which helps the ice crystals form smaller.

    Wish they were on sale in Dallas!

  8. You can also make freezer jam – real easy on the stove and no canning supplies needed. Take a look at the Sure-Jell box at the grocery. There is quite a bit of sugar in it but it is good stuff. I made a bunch last fall and we’re still eating it.

    • Renee,

      Thanks for the tip!! They are still on sale, so I just might grab some of that Sure-Jell & make some! :)

      Kim

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