Berry season may almost be over but there is still time to head to a U Pick farm out in the country or forage for some edibles out in a forest near you. Here’s some quick tips for a successful pick.
- Put on your suit of armor. Or at least long pants and long sleeves. And don’t be a doofus like me and wear flip flops. Raspberry and blackberry bushes are prickly! Even if you manage to escape the berry thorns there’s still stinging nettle and other things ready to scratch up your skin!
- If you are short like me consider bringing a small step stool. Trust me you will be glad you did!
- Berry’s are soft and will squish easily. Make sure not to use buckets that are very deep as the bottom berries will get squished under the weight of the berries on top
- Make sure the berries are ripe enough. They should be nice and plump and practically fall off the bush. You don’t want to end up with a bunch of berries are too sour to eat!
Once you get them home you will want to freeze the berries that you are not ready to use right away. If you just stick them in Ziplock bags the berries will get all stuck together and you’ll need a chisel to break apart the giant ice/berry chunk.
Spread them out on cookie sheets and stick them in the freezer for a few hours. Then you can put the frozen berries in the bags or jars and put them back in the freezer. A vacuum sealer is great to help preserve freshness but if you are just using bags try to remove much of the air as you can.
Have any tips for picking or preserving berries? Share in the comments!