They’re wild and ripening!
Black raspberry bushes behind our garage.
We’re thinking ice cream and jelly, nothing to beat fresh made ice cream with raspberries mixed in. I have to pick them daily because the chickens have found the stash and are eating what they can reach. We’ve picked about a gallon so far and should get at least that many more from this small patch.
First pickings cleaned and ready for the freezer.
There’s three clumps of wild raspberries behind our garage. They’ll be gone before we know it.
There’s an old freezer filled with scrap metal sitting in the middle of the clumps. Next year I hope the freezer and old metal will be gone and the bushes spread with more delicious fruit.
When I clean them, I drain all of the water off and spread them out on a cookie sheet. Once they’re frozen I put all of them in large Ziploc freezer bags. They stay loose and I can take out a cup or whatever my recipe needs and reseal the rest. The bags don’t take up a lot of freezer space. In the winter if I want to make jam it’s very convenient to take out just what’s needed. We like to put them on a bowl of ice cream and it only takes a couple of minutes to thaw them just for the ice cream. How about a fruit cobbler hot out of the oven in the wintertime!
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.
A cup here and a cup there!
Todays cup will add a total of two gallon to the freezer.
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.
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.