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Two Great Ways To Store Your Berries

Updated on June 17, 2009

If you have any type of fruit bearing trees, or bushes then you know how large of a selection you can get of food during the harvest season. However, you will also probably be familiar with the amount of fresh fruit that goes bad during this period as well. Now if you are like some of us that purchase our fresh fruit from an orchard or directly from the vineyard that are local to you which helps support your own local economy. Here are a couple of great ideas that can help you manage to preserve and enjoy the harvest during the entire year.

The first great idea that you can have for saving your own harvest or that which you purchase in bulk is something that I have done in the past and that is to go through the batches that I have harvested and get rid of any that is mushy, or that I do not believe would make it through the season without going bad. I then wash off the berries or other items that I am going to be storing. After they have been washed I take the produce that is left and put them in a bag that I make using my food saver and get all the air out of the bag. Once all the air is out of the bag I place them into a freezer and get them frozen so that they will keep for a long period of time and as long as I use them within a year and check them over each time before I use them I normally do okay.

The second great idea that I have found for my fresh fruit is to turn them into freezer jams. Now this might seem like it is kind of odd to do this because jams are so readily available in the store without them requiring the use of your own freezer. I know that I love being able to go to my own freezer to get my own jams out. I know that this is a great feeling being able to do this and know that the berries that are in the jam came from either my own yard or from the farm down the street from me which supported the local economy.

Storing your own berries is always a great thing to do. I know that many people think because of the readily available produce at the store you do not need to store your own, but which would you rather pay the lower in season price for the produce or the higher cost for the produce in the winter? If you're like me I am sure you will prefer to pay the lower price and enjoy the produce from your freezer in the form of a berry or a jam either of which is a great taste.

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    • Isabellas profile imageAUTHOR

      Isabellas 

      9 years ago from Ohio

      Freezer jams are great to make! I know that they last a long time and are really cheap to do with your biggest outlay being the cost of the jars which can be reused year after year!

      As far as picking your own berries the quality of what you get in the store vesus picking your own is huge! I know that if I pick the berries myself I have about 2-4 weeks before I have to mess with them, but if I buy at the store if they are not used within a week I have to throw them into my compost because the spoil.

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      Dolores Monet 

      9 years ago from East Coast, United States

      I always put some blueberries in the freezer to make blueberry pie in fall. When you pick your own blueberries, they are nothing like the kind you get in stores, are they? I like to make regular blueberry jam but have never tried the freezer jam.

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