The Ultimate Guide to Storing Fresh Picked Blackberries

Blackberries are a delicious and healthy fruit that can be eaten fresh or used in recipes. However, they have a short shelf life and can easily spoil if not stored properly. In this blog post, we will discuss how to store fresh picked blackberries so that they last longer and stay fresh.

Choosing the right container

The first step to storing blackberries is choosing the right container. Blackberries are delicate fruits that can easily crush or bruise, so it’s important to handle them with care. Choose a shallow container with enough room for the berries to breathe without being overcrowded. Avoid using deep containers as this may cause the bottom layer of berries to become crushed.

Plastic Containers:

Plastic containers work well for storage but make sure they provide adequate ventilation by poking holes at the top of each berry.

Paper Bags:

Paper bags also work well for storage since they allow air circulation while keeping moisture out.

Glass Jars:

Glass jars do not work as well for storing fresh picked blackberries because there isn’t enough airflow which causes trapped moisture leading the growth of mold.

Cleaning Blackberries

Before you store your freshly picked blackberries, it’s always necessary to clean them thoroughly:

1) First rinse under cold running water.

Tip: Do not soak your berries in standing water as excessive wetness can lead to spoilage

2) Gently pat dry with paper towels before placing into your chosen container

Refrigerating BlackBerries

In order to keep your berry harvest from spoiling quickly during warm weather months or after harvesting; refrigeration is highly recommended

Customarily place blackberry containers on upper shelves where temperatures tend less fluctuate compared lower areas of fridge.

Temperature:

Blackberries should be stored at a temperature between 32°F to 36°F. This can help keep them fresh for up to five days, depending on the ripeness and quality of your berries.

Humidity:

Berries thrive in high humidity levels which can prevent moisture loss but excessive humidity causes mold growth and spoilage.

Freezing Blackberries

Freezing your blackberry haul is a great way to preserve their freshness even longer than refrigeration:

1) Rinse under cold water.

Tip: Do not soak your berries in standing water as excessive wetness can lead to spoilage

2) Gently dry with paper towels or air-dry

(Patting blackberries dry before freezing can reduce ice crystal formation)

3) Line freezer-safe containers with parchment or waxed paper

4) Arrange single layers of blackberries onto the container without overcrowding

5) Seal tightly and label with date

Note: Frozen blackberries are ideal for smoothies, baked goods, jams & jellies!

Conclusion

With these easy steps you now know how to properly store freshly picked blackberries! With proper storage methods such as choosing the right container, cleaning thoroughly before storing, refrigerating between temperatures range of 32°F-36°F or freezing; Your berry harvest will last longer meaning more time enjoying delicious recipes using healthy fruits!

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