How to Make Berries Last

So you can stock up!


How to Make Your Berries Last!
Article by Molly Adams 

Ever since I was a kid I've been pretty berry obsessed. Growing up with 3 siblings, you had to fight for the good stuff! When my mom would bring home a haul of berries from the grocery store, I would try to eat an entire pack as quickly as I could before my sisters had a chance at them. Fast forward 25 (or so!) years and not much has changed except now I need to compete with one very hungry toddler of my own!  Driscoll's Berries are a staple in my fridge; before the world went slightly upside down, I would stock up on a few fresh containers each week at the grocery store, buying just enough for what we'd use in a week.

Now that we are limiting trips to the store to bi-weekly excursions, I've been stocking up on two weeks worth and stretching them by reserving half in the freezer.  What I like to do is add about 12 ounces of Driscoll's Berries to a saucepan and add about 1 cup of water to the pot. The berries are so sweet and delicious, you really don't need to add anything at all, but if I'm feeling fancy I might add a squeeze of fresh lemon juice or a tablespoon on honey to highlight the natural flavors of the berry. I then bring this mixture to a boil, reduce to a simmer and cook the berries for about 5-7 minutes. They will start to release all of their beautiful juices and soften. Once the berries have cooked, I cool them slightly and either process them until smooth and strain, or mash them by hand through a fine mesh strainer.  The strained berry puree gets frozen in cubes and the options for using them are endless!

For frozen cubes, I like to pop a few into a glass of seltzer, use them the spruce up a cocktail or mix them into a smoothie. Alternatively, you can thaw the cubes to swirl into yogurt, top ice cream with, or stir into baby cereal or a bowl of hearty oatmeal. Although fresh Driscoll's keep very well thanks to their unique packaging, freezing them into berry puree cubes really helps me stretch the delicious flavor!

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Looking for a few more ways to preserve Driscoll's Berries? Check out this super helpful video for how you can freeze berries whole!  Also, if you are looking for the best way to keep your Driscoll's Berries fresh check out the Finest Berries section of Driscoll's Website! Plus, check out two great recipes ideas from Driscoll's below!

Strawberry Lemonade with Berry Ice Cubes

Another genius way to preserve berries is to freeze them with water into ice cubes to use to keep lemonade, ice tea or even water cold and flavorful!

Homemade Raspberry Sauce 

This is a slightly sweeter and thicker version of the puree I describe above! This makes a great sauce for desserts, or as a base of a cocktail!