Caring for Berries
Cooking tips for the caring cook.
Tips for Always-Luscious Berries
Caring for your berries will help you get the most mileage out of them - and the most nutritional value possible.
- Never allow your berries to be placed in the same bag with meats. Meat juices may leak and contaminate the berries.
- Always check the bottom of berry containers to be sure they are not stained from rotting berries or if they show any mold. Mold on all fruit spreads quickly. Never leave a moldy piece of fruit next to a good one.
- Berries should be fairly firm. Color should be good and not faded. Berries should be refrigerated and should not be allowed to dry out. Use within two to three days after purchase for best flavor and nutritional value. Berries do not ripen once picked. Choose only bright red strawberries and plump firm blueberries that are light to dark blue.
- Heaping berries in a bowl will quickly crush the delicate fruit. It's best to refrigerate them, loosely covered, in a single layer and use them within a day or two.
- Always refrigerate berries immediately. Don't wash your berries until you are ready to use them.
- Raspberries are very perishable. Proper handling is easy and will help to insure that your raspberries remain fresh and delicious.
- Moisture will hasten decay of your blackberries and blueberries, so keep them dry in storage. Under ideal conditions, blackberries should keep for 1 to 3 days in your refrigerator.
- Pack berries into freezable containers, or freeze them on a tray and then pack them into containers as soon as they are frozen. Seal the container and keep frozen until you are ready to use them. Be sure to wash the thawed blueberries prior to using them.
- Strawberries should be stored in the refrigerator in a plastic colander allowing the air to circulate around them.
- Never hull strawberries until they have been washed or they will absorb too much water and become mushy.
- Blueberries and blackberries are great if cooked since cooking will deactivate an enzyme that effects your absorption of vitamin B1.
Recipe: Wild Berry Dressing
1/2 cup mixed berries, fresh or frozen
1 to 2 tablespoons of honey
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon orange juice
Blend the ingredients and pour on your favourite salad greens.
Try freezing different berries for kids snacks such as blueberries, etc.