Care & Handling Tips for Berries

It’s easy to keep your Driscoll’s berries fresh at home. Just follow these five simple tips:

  1. Keep your fresh berries dry
  2. Refrigerate your berries at all times in their original container between 32° and 34°F
  3. Wash berries only when you’re ready to use them
  4. Rinse them gently with cool water just before using
  5. Allow berries to reach room temperature before serving to enhance their natural flavors

How to Freeze Your Berries

Fresh berries can be easily frozen until you’re ready to use them. To freeze strawberries, raspberries or blackberries, gently rinse in cool water then allow them to dry completely before placing them in sealed containers. If you plan to freeze your blueberries, don’t wash them before freezing, which can make their skins tough. Instead, wash the thawed blueberries just prior to use.

 

Strawberry Care & Handling

When selecting strawberries, look for symmetrically shaped berries with a brilliant sheen and rich, even red color. Look for strawberries that are clean and dry with fresh, unwilted green leaves (calyx). Avoid strawberries with seedy tips or white shoulders.

It’s important to treat your strawberries with TLC. For best results, Driscoll’s recommends that you store your strawberries in their original package. Under ideal conditions, strawberries should keep for three to five days in your refrigerator. Always refrigerate your berries immediately and don’t wash them until you’re ready to use them. Gently rinse berries under cool water, with the leaves and stems still on. After washing, remove the green leaves and stems. Allowing strawberries to reach room temperature before serving will enhance their natural flavors.

How to Freeze Strawberries

If you plan to freeze your strawberries, be sure to wash your berries carefully in cold water. Remove the leaves and stems and any soft spots. Pack the berries into freezable containers or freeze them on a cookie sheet and then pack them into containers as soon as they’re frozen. Seal the container and keep frozen until you’re ready to use them.

Raspberry Care & Handling

When choosing raspberries, look for plump, evenly colored berries that have a soft, hazy gloss and are free of dents and bruises. Raspberries have tiny hairs on them called “styles.” These are a completely natural part of the fruit’s defense mechanism and don’t affect the taste or ripeness of the berries.

Raspberries are highly perishable and also extremely fragile. However, a few simple, proper handling steps will ensure that your raspberries remain fresh and delicious. Under ideal conditions, raspberries should keep for one to two days in your refrigerator. For best results, Driscoll’s recommends that you keep your raspberries dry in storage and consume them as soon as possible after purchase. It’s also important to handle them gently when rinsing. Berries need to be rinsed just before use.

How to Freeze Raspberries

Raspberries are very perishable and sensitive to freezer damage. If you plan to freeze raspberries, rinse them gently in cool water and dry in a colander or on paper towels. Place a sheet of wax paper on a cookie sheet, then place the raspberries on the tray in the freezer. Pack the raspberries into containers as soon as they’re frozen. Seal the container and keep frozen until you’re ready to use them. By freezing raspberries this way, they won't stick to each other and you can easily measure out as many as you would like.

Blackberry Care & Handling

When choosing blackberries, look for deep, evenly colored berries with a nice sheen. The berries should be plump, dry and free of dents or bruises. Blackberries range in color from deep blue/purple to deep purple/black. Blackberries are often two-tone in color, which is perfectly natural and doesn’t affect ripeness.

For best results, Driscoll’s recommends that you refrigerate your blackberries and keep them dry in storage. Under ideal conditions, blackberries should keep for one to two days in your refrigerator. Blackberries, like their bush-berry cousin, the raspberry, are especially fragile. It’s important to handle them gently when rinsing. If you plan to freeze your blackberries for jams and jellies, Driscoll’s recommends that you wash your berries carefully in cold water and pack them into freezable containers. Berries need to be rinsed just before use.

How to Freeze Blackberries

Blackberries are highly perishable. If you plan to freeze blackberries, rinse them gently in cool water and dry in a colander or on paper towels. Place a sheet of wax paper on a cookie sheet, then place the blackberries on the tray in the freezer. Pack the blackberries into containers as soon as they’re frozen. Seal the container and keep frozen until you’re ready to use them. By freezing blackberries this way, they won't stick to each other and you can easily measure out as many as you would like.
 

Blueberries Care & Handling

When choosing blueberries, look for berries that are dry, plump, round and free of dents and bruises. Blueberries should have a soft, hazy white coating, called “bloom.” Bloom is a completely natural part of the berries’ defense mechanism and helps protect them from the harsh rays of the sun. Avoid blueberries that are shriveled or lack bloom.

Blueberries taste best when kept chilled. Under ideal conditions, blueberries should keep for five to seven days in your refrigerator. For best results, Driscoll’s recommends that you keep your blueberries dry in storage and eat them as soon after purchase as possible.

Freezing Blueberries

If you plan to freeze your blueberries for jams and jellies, don’t wash them before freezing, which can make their skins tough. Pack berries into freezable containers or freeze them on a tray and then pack them into containers as soon as they’re frozen. Seal the container and keep frozen until you’re ready to use them. Be sure to wash the thawed blueberries prior to using them.
 

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