Raspberries are one of the most delicious summer fruits (you can say that again). The rich flavor that is packed into their tender flesh is only there for a brief period of time, much like summer itself.
This leads us to the question: how to store fresh picked raspberries? After doing the research, here’s what I uncovered…
Best Method: Keep them in the front and center of your fridge at 32 to 34 degrees so they’re immediately accessible. Using them this way will ensure they’re devoured before spoiling. Not the crisper drawer or the back of the fridge.
After conducting additional investigation, I discovered additional information that is important for you to be aware of; therefore, continue reading…
fresh picked raspberries and blueberries from my garden ! 🤩 and a berry pie made w some picked last week ✨ pic.twitter.com/G8JEzmx0V9
— Jubilee ❣️ (@16pxl) July 15, 2020
Raspberries Can Be Picked in a Patch or Bought at the Grocery Store | here’s how…
When you are at the grocery store, it is important to thoroughly examine the container’s base. Be wary of fruit that has too much liquid or has been crushed.
Keep an eye out for vibrant color; unripe fruit will have a paler appearance. The mature fruit in your raspberry patch or at a farm that lets you harvest it yourself will come off the cane without much effort.
We put any fruit that has become mushy or that has been nibbled on by insects into a separate container in order to feed it to the chickens… when picking, a container with a shallow depth is ideal.
The goal is to maintain the fruit in a single layer, or at the very least, not too deeply. If you have a pail full of raspberries, you should consider making jam with them as soon as possible. The berries that are on the bottom will be smashed.
How to Keep Fresh Raspberries Refrigerated and Fresh for Longer? (thank me later)
Refrigerating fresh raspberries is one of the most common and effective ways to store them for later use. How to do it:
|1. Carry out a mold inspection. You should examine your berries to see if any of them have become mushy or moldy, as this could hasten the process of decay for the rest of the batch.
FYI: Toss out any berries that have mold spores, mushy areas, or patches of mold on them…
2. Submerge in a bath of vinegar. If you want to keep your berries fresh for as long as possible, avoid rinsing them before putting them away in the refrigerator…
However, killing any bacteria on your berries and helping to extend their shelf life can be accomplished by soaking them in a solution of white vinegar before storing them. To make a vinegar bath, first get a large basin and then fill it with one part vinegar and eight parts cool water.
For about a minute and a half, move the berries around in the solution while you stir it. After washing them in a colander with running water, dry the berries by patting them dry.
3. Transfer to a container with holes in it. The ideal way to store raspberries is in a container that allows air to circulate and has holes or vents in it so that the fruit can continue to breathe.
It is often fine to store them in the same container that they came in, whether it be a plastic clamshell from the grocery store or a shallow cardboard container from the farmers market.
4. Place the container at the door of the refrigerator. Keeping berries near the entrance of your refrigerator will serve as a gentle reminder to consume them before they go bad.
It is best to avoid storing your berries in the vegetable crisper drawer or the back of the refrigerator, where excess moisture might accumulate.
5. Clean the item before usage. Because the wetness can encourage spoilage, you should not wash your berries until you are ready to use them; instead, wait until you are ready to use them before washing them.
When you are ready to utilize the fresh berries, place them in a colander and pour water over them while they are in the colander. Before you utilize your berries, make sure to pat them dry with a paper towel.
Fresh picked raspberries from the farmers market!😍 pic.twitter.com/jJOS1vjUyN
— Tiandra Wilde (@tiandrawilde) September 27, 2017
How to Maintain Freshness When Freezing Raspberries
Freezing raspberries is an additional method of preserving them, as this can add up to an additional year to their natural shelf life.
If you follow this step-by-step guide to freezing raspberries, you will be able to use them in all of your favorite raspberry recipes throughout the whole year…
|1. Start by rinsing with ice water. Place your raspberries in a colander, and then give them a quick washing under some cold running water.
Place them in a single layer on paper towels to dry. To expedite the procedure, use a towel to pat the moisture out of the raspberries.
2. Quick-freeze the mixture on a tray. Place the raspberries in a single layer on a baking sheet that has been lined with parchment paper…
Make sure there is enough room around each berry for it to cook properly. To prevent the ingredients from becoming a single mass during long-term storage, place the baking sheet in the freezer for one to two hours to achieve a flash freezing effect.
3. Place in a container that can seal off air. After they have been flash-frozen, remove the baking sheet from the oven and place the berries in a container with a tight-fitting lid or a freezer bag.
They have a shelf life of up to one year. When you freeze something for later use, make sure to write the date on the container.
4. Prior to use, thaw and rinse the product. When it comes time to utilize your berries, you can either allow them to thaw at room temperature or speed up the process by rinsing them in warm water before using them.
Blend frozen raspberries with a variety of other frozen berries, such as blackberries and blueberries, and then use the resulting mixture to make ice cream or smoothies.
Vinegar Rinse for Raspberries?
In general, I don’t rinse my berries until we are ready to eat or process them (I need to start though), but I’ve heard that a vinegar rinse is highly recommended by many people.
Mix together a quarter of a cup of white vinegar and three quarters of a cup of hot water to make a vinegar rinse for the raspberries. (If you want more berries, you should either double or quadruple the amount of vinegar and water.)
After briefly soaking in the solution for about a minute, remove the berries from the liquid, drain them in a strainer, and then gently pat them dry before serving.
FYI: The mold spores and bacteria are targeted for elimination by the vinegar rinse in order to achieve its primary purpose.
— Barry Potter (@PotterBarry) August 3, 2019
Instructions for Drying Raspberries for Long-Term Storage
Your raspberries should be washed, rinced, and then dried on paper towels. Put the raspberries on the mesh sheets and spread them out in a single layer in the dehydrator.
Dehydrate in an oven set to 125 degrees Fahrenheit (52 degrees Celsius) for 24 to 36 hours, or until powdery dry. To determine whether the dried berries have reached an appropriate level of dryness, store them in an airtight container for about a week.
Always give the jar a good shake. If at any stage during the process you notice condensation forming inside the jar, the berries need additional drying time.
The dehydrated raspberries can be kept for up to a year in a location that is cool, dry, and airtight if they are stored in an airtight container.
How to Preserve Raspberries in Jars?
Canning raspberries in a canner that uses a water bath is completely safe to do. Fill the jars with raw raspberries and give them a gentle shake as you are doing so.
Cover with hot syrup, juice, or water, leaving a headspace of half an inch all the way around. After cleaning the rims of the jars, put the canning lids on them.
Pints and half pints should be processed for 15 minutes, while quarts should be processed for 20 minutes. If necessary, adjust the processing time to account for the altitude.
Fresh picked raspberries over ice cream tastes like Summer 😋 pic.twitter.com/Vqd6mKBaBo
— Jessbrarian is tireddddd 😴💤 (@rdhdbibliophile) July 23, 2021
Take the jars out of the canner and set them on the kitchen towel that’s on the counter. After the liquid has totally cooled, remove the rings and examine the seals.
Be sure to date and mark everything before putting it away in a cool, dark place. Use within a year and a half for the greatest possible quality.
1. What to do with raspberries after picking?
Raspberries last two or three days in the fridge after being plucked. If you can’t use raspberries right away, wash them in cold water and let them dry.
2. Storing raspberries in glass jars?
After shopping, remove the berries from the plastic basket. Remove any smashed or moldy berries, then place unwashed berries in Mason jars. Put the jars in the fridge’s coldest part to keep berries fresh for a week.
3. How to store grapes in mason jars?
Discard any mushy grapes first. Wash the grapes to remove any vinegar residue, then dry them on a clean cloth in the open air. Once the grapes is mostly dry, place it in an airtight container (a glass jar is good) and refrigerate it.
Just picked fresh raspberries from my farm. Nothing better Matt & farm help did good growing these Molly & I ❤️❤️😊 pic.twitter.com/KzSzixndW6
— Amy Roloff's Little Kitchen (@amyroloffCF) July 6, 2014
So, class, what did we learn today?
We now know that the best way to store freshly picked raspberries is to put them in the front and center of your refrigerator at 32 to 34 degrees so they are easy to get to.
This will make sure that they are eaten before they go bad. Not the back of the fridge or the crisper drawer. Also, when you are at the grocery store, you should really look at the bottom of the container.
Be careful with fruit that has been crushed or has too much liquid. Keep an eye out for bright colors. Fruit that isn’t ready will look paler.
If you have a raspberry patch or can pick your own raspberries at a farm, the ripe fruit will come off the cane easily. We put fruit that has gone bad or been eaten by bugs into a separate container so that we can feed it to the chickens.
When picking, a shallow container is best. The goal is to keep the fruit in one layer or at least not buried too deeply. If you have a bucket full of raspberries, you should think about making jam as soon as you can.
The berries on the bottom will be broken up. Enjoy the rest of your day, always stay safe, and treat others with kindness & respect. Util next time!