Berry season is here and we've gathered our favorite single serving berry recipes. From cobblers to crisps, from small batch jams and sauces, to berry filled baked goods, you're sure to find a few wonderful new berry recipes to try.
Berry season is here and there's nothing I love more than recipes loaded with fresh berries. Blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries have made an appearance in our local markets and I couldn't be happier.
When Is Berry Season?
Although every state will have a slightly different berry season, berries are generally in season from spring through summer.
- Strawberries: April through June
- Blueberries: Late May through October
- Blackberries: June through August
- Raspberries: May through September
- Boysenberries: Late June through early August
What To Do With A Handful Of Berries
Such versatile fruits, berries are lovely in crumbles and crisps, in shortcakes and jams, and even tossed onto your favorite salads.
Take a look at our roundup of single serving berry recipes and be sure to let us know your favorite ways to incorporate berries into recipes.
Be sure to read how to wash and freeze berries below.
How To Wash Berries
It's best not to wash berries until right before you are ready to use them, or they can get mushy.
- Gently rinse the berries in under cool running water. Be extra careful with delicate blackberries, raspberries, and blueberries.
- Fill a big bowl with about 8 cups of water, add in 4 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar, let the berries soak for about 15 minutes, gently rinse and air dry or pat dry with a kitchen towel.
How To Freeze Berries
If you've got plenty of fresh berries and would like to extend their shelf life, consider freezing them. When frozen properly, berries will retain their delicious juicy flavor for months.
You will need:
- a rimmed baking sheet
- freezer bags
- a freezer
- Pick through the berries and make sure there are no stems, unripe or damaged berries in the mix.
- Rinse the berries in cool water and dry thoroughly. You can either pat them dry with a dry kitchen towel or with paper towels.
- Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper and place the berries on the sheet in a single layer.
- Place them in the freezer until they are completely frozen, usually a few hours or overnight.
- Transfer the berries to a resealable plastic storage bag, forcing as much air out of the bag as possible before sealing it.
- Store the frozen berries in the freezer until you are ready to use them. Frozen berries will keep for up to 6 months.
Tips For Freezing Berries
- If you're freezing strawberries, hull the berries (remove the green caps) before freezing.
- Measure the berries with a measuring cup as you put them in the freezer bags and write the amount in cups on each bag. This way, when you need berries for a recipe, you will know how many you have available to use.
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