Berries & Cherries
Tropical & Specialty
Storing Strawberries, Blueberries, Blackberries, Boysenberries and Raspberries
These berries should keep in the refrigerator for two to three days. Remove any damaged berries to prevent the spread of mold and store unwashed, on a plate or baking sheet lined with paper towels to absorb moisture. Cover with plastic film. Rinse just before use.
If they're tightly wrapped, cranberries should keep for up to eight weeks in the refrigerator, which is one of the reasons they're so popular year-round.
Since cherries don't ripen after harvest and tend to spoil quickly, they should be stored in the refrigerator, where they will keep for several days. They tend to absorb the odors of other foods, so keep them stored separately. Wash cherries just before serving.
Rinse and de-stem fresh berries, place in a single layer on a plate or cookie sheet and pop in the freezer. When the berries are frozen, put them in an airtight plastic container and keep frozen until use — up to a year for strawberries and cranberries and six months for all other berries.
Bear in mind that although berries freeze well, their texture will change and we recommend using them for smoothies, pies and sauce (or coulis). All of the berries can be cooked without thawing.
To freeze whole or pitted cherries for long-term storage, wash, dry, and stem them, then place in an airtight container and freeze. You can also freeze them in syrup or a sugar pack. They will last for up to a year, and are excellent for pies, shakes, and ice cream.
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