Many people are unsure as to whether or not you can freeze blackberries once they have been picked, and the answer is yes you can! Millions of blackberries get thrown away each day because people do not realise that they can be frozen and used in a variety of ways.
When freezing blackberries it’s best not to wash the fruit beforehand as they are prone to going mushy once defrosted.
Place the blackberries on a flat tray (one that is small enough to go in your freezer), arrange the blackberries on the tray ensuring that they don’t touch. Place gently into the freezer and allow to freeze for a few hours.
Once the blackberries are completely frozen, remove from the tray and place in either a sealed container with a lid on or a freezer bag with a tie.
Depending on what you want to do with the blackberries, you can either throw them in a smoothie (defrosted or frozen) or bake in a pie.
By using blackberries in a homemade smoothie you are drinking lots of goodness and vitamins in just one glassful and your smoothie can be extremely low fat too.
Below are a couple of free tasty smoothie recipes for you to make at home. You will not only save money, but you know exactly what ingredients has gone into it.
Blackberry and Honey Dew Melon Smoothie Recipe
(serves 2 )
2 cups of frozen blackberries
2 cups honeydew melon (fresh or frozen)
1/3 cup of sugar (or more to taste)
Place the blackberries into your smoothie machine first, followed by the honeydew melon, and add the sugar. Blend for approximately 45 seconds. Pour and enjoy.
Very Berry Smoothie Recipe
1 good handful of blueberries
1 scoop of low-fat vanilla ice cream
To make this quick free smoothie recipe blend banana and blueberries in your blender for approx 35 seconds. Next add the vanilla ice-cream then blend for a further 20 seconds. Serve smooth and enjoy.