Raspberry season

First fruit of the year for us this year is raspberries and Eddie and I are picking about a pint of wild raspberries every other day. He picks them for me because I love them fresh, in preserves/jams, berry pies and in muffins. He just likes the fresh off the vine but can’t eat too many of them since his gall bladder was removed about five years ago.

Fresh raspberries
Fresh raspberries
A cup here and a cup there!
A cup here and a cup there!

Todays cup will add a total of two gallon to the freezer.

First gallon
First gallon

As soon as we pick them I they get washed, dried, and spread on a cookie sheet and I put them in the freezer.  The next day I shake them loose and put them in a gallon freezer bag.  When I freeze them loose like this, I don’t have to thaw the entire bag when I want to make muffins or pancakes,  I pour out what I need and zip the bag  and put them back in the freezer.  If I want to make a batch of jam or a cobbler, I can use the whole bag or  whatever my recipe calls for.

A layer of fresh berries on a cookie sheet and pop in the freezer overnight.
A layer of fresh berries on a cookie sheet and pop in the freezer overnight.

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The season is just about over and the birds are eating them faster than we can pick them but what we have will not go to waste.

Author: countrygirllifeonthefarm

I am a wife, mother, and grandmother that lives on a farm in Craig County, Virginia and I am retired. I love to cook, read, quilt, craft, garden, hunt and take long walks in the woods. I have one gorgeous teen granddaughter, a wonderful little grandson and two beautiful and caring children, boy & girl. I've been married to my farmer husband for 46 years and he's the "love of my life"!! I love doing things the "old" way such as canning, making maple syrup & cider, handcrafts and baking. I've taught myself to crochet, embroider, and quilt with help from my paternal grandmother. I could read until the cows come home. We live off the products we raise and hunt for the most part. We run 75 head of cattle on our farm, 30 chickens, three rabbits and one dog. I help my husband with the cattle, feeding the livestock, hauling in firewood, fence repair, and general maintenance on the farm. I was a stay-at-home mom to my children and then went to work when they finished high school. I was a cook at a School for At-Risk Teens and part-time substitute teacher. Then I started work at our local Farm Bureau and stayed there for 17 years. I worked at Virginia Tech for almost five years and decided to take early retirement in July of 2015. NOW, I'm a full-time farmwife and loving every minute of it! I love to read fiction and the Bible. I'm currently hooked on quilting novels and Annie's Attic mysteries. I started this blog in 2011 and have met so many interesting bloggers and have kept up with my friends through my blog. I love to hunt with my bow and rifle and with a camera. We hunt to fill the freezer and cellar but would never kill anything for the fun of it. I have friends and family all over the United States. Some of my ancestry last names are Bradley, Dickson, Hylton, and Rose. I've lost both of my parents to brain cancer and miss them very much. I have one sister and four living brothers. I was raised in Paint Bank VA and moved to New Castle VA when I married. I went to school in Waiteville, WV, Gap Mills, WV and New Castle Va with a short semester of college at Virginia Western Community College in Roanoke VA.

8 thoughts on “Raspberry season”

  1. Funny replies?????????????????? Above.
    You are well organised and to be congratulated.
    Raspberry pies and ice-cream are really great,
    as are the cheese cake varieties with the raspberry
    through them – but they are made by factories for bloody supermarkets
    to overcharge for their wretched profits – I am sure on a scale of 1 to 10.
    You would score 10.
    Supermarket junk 0.
    Cheers
    Your Aussie mate and loather of supermarkets who put decent people out of business. One day soon we will all wake up and supermarkets will control everything and then what will we pay????
    Support small enterprisers or be damned.
    Colin

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    1. As long as I can draw a breath no supermarket will control our lives nor my children and grandchild. We’ve made a point of showing them how to grow and preserve anything we eat. The only thing we depend on them for is cleaning supplies and I think I can learn how to remedy that as well. I’ve made soap in my lifetime and good old soap and water will clean anything.

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