How to Store Fresh Raspberries

 Follow these tips to help keep raspberries in tip-top shape.

Fresh Raspberries in Basket

Fresh Raspberries in Basket

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Raspberries are a summer fruit delight. The intense flavor packed into their delicate flesh is as short-lived as summer itself. It’s happened to us all. You picked those jewel-toned berries from your garden or from the farmer's market, only to forget about them in the refrigerator. When you do remember them, they are covered in fuzz. Here’s a few tips on how to properly store fresh raspberries so you actually get to enjoy them. 

Pick Wisely

Raspberries, like all berries, are picked at the peak of ripeness. Unlike other fruit, they do not ripen once they are picked, so they have a very short shelf live. If you are picking up a pint or two at the grocery store, inspect the bottom of the package. Check for any evidence of mold or moisture. Pick only dry, bright looking berries.

Raspberries in Colander

Raspberries in Colander

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Dify Dave

Store Unwashed

If you are not going to eat the berries immediately, store them dirty. Introducing moisture to the berries will cause them to go downhill quickly. Only wash the amount of berries you plan to eat, right before you eat them.

Keep Them Cool

Store raspberries dry and in the container in which you bought them (or if they are from the garden, in a breathable container). Avoid keeping them in the coldest part of your fridge (usually in the back) or in the crisper. The best place in your fridge is where you'll see them best, thus not forgetting them.

Frozen Raspberries on Cookie Sheet

Frozen Raspberries on Cookie Sheet

Photo by: Pamela Joe McFarlane

Pamela Joe McFarlane

Freeze Them

If you grew or bought more than you can eat, freeze them. Raspberries freeze very well. Give them a wash and lay them out on paper towels to remove excess moisture. Then, lay them on a cookie sheet and pop them into your freezer until frozen. Store the frozen berries in an airtight plastic zip bag or in a freezer-proof container. Frozen raspberries are perfect for smoothies, in any baked goods and on top of your morning yogurt or oatmeal. Frozen berries will keep from 10 to 12 months.

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