Compotes and preserves are delicious, but what could be tastier and healthier than fresh berries? To enjoy fresh berries in winter, you can simply freeze them.
Before you freeze raspberries, blueberries, and currants, you need to sort them: put the riper and crumpled ones in one bowl, and the whole and less ripe ones in another. Rinse the berries well and dry them on a towel (paper towels are best). To get rid of worms, it is recommended to pour cold salted water over the raspberries for a few minutes; worms and bugs will immediately float to the surface.
Raspberries, blueberries, and currants can be frozen in several ways:
- More ripe and damaged berries can be crushed, added sugar, and placed in freezer containers. It is good to grind currants with sugar, or better to whip them with a blender, so they will not freeze hard and will be convenient to take with a spoon.
- You can freeze blueberries and raspberries in bulk. To do this, choose less ripe, undamaged berries. Spread the berries in a single layer on a plate and place them in the freezer for several hours. When they are frozen, pour them into resealable bags or into a freezer container. It is better to sprinkle raspberries and blueberries with more sugar; they will look better and taste better after defrosting.
- Raspberries, blueberries, and currants can be frozen in ice cube trays. Mash the berries, add sugar if desired, and pour the mixture into ice cube trays. Some people practice another variant of freezing in ice cube trays: put several berries in a tray and pour sugar syrup (the concentration of the syrup is to taste).