As the wild black berries are winding down production here in Southern Ohio I wanted to give you an update on our blackberry harvest and how much I was able to put up for winter in the freezer. I was able to put up 2 1/2 gallon size freezer bags full plus I made one cobbler with our youngest son who has a sweet tooth and loves to ask for cobbler and help me make it.
I always flash freeze my berries so they don’t stick together. I rinse them, let them dry a little in the strainer, then I pour them into a baking dish lined with parchment paper. The secret to them not getting all clumped together is to flash freeze them in a single layer, then pour them into your bag or container of choice and put them back in the freezer to finish fully freezing. Then when you need a few cups of blackberries for your winter cobbler, you can put your measuring cup right in and scoop them out with ease.
We are blessed with large fields lined with tons of wild blackberries and blackcap raspberries so they are 2 things I don’t bother with in our home orchard. That saves me the space and frees me up from taking care of them.
Do you have wild blackberries in your area?
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