Tips For Picking And Freezing Berries

Strawberries

  • Packed with vitamin C.
  • Picking season is mid-June to early July.
  • Look for bright red, dry, medium-sized berries.
  • Wash before eating or freezing.  Freeze whole or chopped.

Raspberries

  • Good for vitamin C, vitamin A and calcium.
  • Picking season is mid-July to mid-August.
  • Look for large, bright-coloured berries.
  • Raspberry bushes grow high off the ground, so you only need to wash them if you find dirt on the berries.

Blueberries

  • Good for vitamin C, fibre, and packed with anti-oxidants.
  • Picking season is July and August.
  • Look for firm, large berries (lowbush type are smaller)

Freeze berries by spreading them in a single layer on a cookie sheet and place in freezer until solid.  Pack in freezer bags or air-tight containers.

Visit www.pickyourown.org to find picking locations worldwide!

– Written for the July issue of Mom’s Moments.  www.momsmoments.ca/pdfs

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