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How to Freeze Fresh Raspberries

Frozen Raspberries

Got some extra raspberries? Why not freeze these delicious berries to keep them fresher for longer? Fresh raspberries freeze extremely well, and because they do not lose much of their texture or flavor in the freezer, there are tons of uses for frozen raspberries. Below, you'll find step-by-step instructions on how to freeze whole raspberries so that they keep their form. By following these simple steps, your raspberries won't fuse together into a single mass in the freezer, and you will be able to grab just a handful of whole raspberries from a freezer bag or container whenever you want. You can use the instructions below regardless of whether you are freezing red or black raspberries, and whether your berries are wild or cultivated. At the end of the article, you will also find some ideas on how to use frozen raspberries.

How to Freeze Whole Raspberries

  1. Clear some space in your freezer, and line a baking tray with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat that is freezer-safe.
  2. Spread the raspberries in a single layer on the tray. Cover the tray, and slide it into the freezer.
  3. Once frozen, transfer the raspberries to freezer-safe bags or containers.
  4. At this point, you can sprinkle some sugar on top of the berries, but you can also freeze raspberries without adding sugar. Some people feel sugar helps protect the flavor of raspberries, but adding sugar also means adding calories.
  5. Seal and label the bags and containers, and put them in the freezer for storage.

How to Use Frozen Raspberries

Use Frozen Raspberries in Muffin Batters. Fresh raspberries – especially the sweet, wild kind – make a wonderful addition to muffin batters, but frozen raspberries can be used as a substitute for fresh raspberries at a 1:1 ratio in any muffin recipe. Try this recipe for raspberry and coconut muffins if you want a recipe that does not use any table sugar or other highly processed sweeteners. These Paleo-friendly, gluten-free muffins get their sweetness from honey and overripe bananas.

Use Frozen Raspberries to Make Healthier Desserts. Another great thing you can do with frozen raspberries is to use them to create guilt-free, sorbet-like frozen desserts using a frozen fruit dessert maker such as Dessert Bullet or Yonanas. Now, in case you missed the memo, these ingenious gadgets turn pieces of frozen fruit into healthy sorbet-like desserts. All you have to do is feed your Yonanas Dessert Maker or Dessert Bullet some frozen fruit, such as frozen raspberries, and within seconds, the machine will start extruding guilt-free sorbet directly into a serving bowl. If you need ideas for flavor combinations, check out these frozen dessert recipes.

Whip Up Healthy Raspberry Smoothies. There are tons of smoothie recipes with frozen raspberries out there, and whipping up a healthy smoothie packed with berry goodness is definitely one of the easiest and healthiest ways to use frozen raspberries. Using frozen berries in smoothies is also a great way to create cold, refreshing drinks without ice cubes.

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