I love to preserve blackberries. It’s so easy to insure the great taste of summer in your food preps with just a small amount of work. Rich in bioflavonoids, vitamin C and antioxidants, blackberries are nutritional power houses perfect for long term food storage pantries. Here are my favorite ways to preserve blackberries.
How To Freeze Blackberries
One way to preserve blackberries is to simply wash them using a 4:1 solution of water to vinegar, allowing them to air dry and then ‘flash freezing’ them.
To flash freeze, simply lay out the now dry berries on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Pop the tray into the freezer until the berries are frozen, then package them in a freezer safe container.
By ‘flash freezing’ the berries first, you’ll be able to simply pour out the amount of frozen berries you need.
Preserve blackberries without the seeds.
I prefer my blackberries in a seedless form, especially in smoothies, or my son’s blenderized diet.
First, rinse the blackberries with the 4:1 water to vinegar solution and puree them in a blender.
Then, with the back of a spoon, push the blackberry puree through a sieve into a clean container. Easy!
Fill ice cube trays or the BPA FREE trays used to freeze baby food with the blackberry puree, and freeze. Frozen blackberry ice cubes are a fun way to preserve blackberries. The result is a whole bunch of frozen blackberry puree ice cubes that can be added to smoothies, thawed to flavor yogurt, or as base for popsicles .
How To Dehydrate Blackberries
Dehydrated blackberries last for years when stored properly. Rinse berries in a 4:1 solution of vinegar water and allow to air dry in a dehydrator set to Cool, or no heat. Dehydrating wet blackberries makes them flatten out.
Once the blackberries are dry, set the temperature of the dehydrator to 125F and allow them to dehydrate for 18-20 hours. Blackberries are done when you can easily crush a berry into powder with just your fingers.
PRO TIP: Interested in learning more about dehydrating foods? I love The Ultimate Dehydrator Cookbook by Tammy Gangloff. Tammy also has a new book, Quick and Easy Dehydrated Meals in a Bag. Check it out!
Make Blackberry Powder
Fill a sieve with dehydrated blackberries and crush them with the back of a spoon, catching the powder in a bowl. You’ll be left with just dehydrated blackberry seeds in the sieve which you can throw in your compost pile.
Sprinkle blackberry powder in teas and juices, or into your daily water intake.
Spoon blackberry powder over your morning oatmeal or yogurt and into your smoothie for a ‘grit-less’ drink.
Rehydrate your blackberry powder and use it in your favorite blackberry jam recipe. Bonus! No seeds!
Use dehydrated blackberries in place of fresh blackberries to make a blackberry flavored simple syrup to use to flavor cocktails and sodas.
Too busy to preserve blackberries yourself?
Just not up to dehydrating or freezing your own blackberries. I totally understand! I store cans of freeze dried blackberries in my long term food storage too! A quick trip to Thrive Life and you could do the same!