We don’t have any purchased berry plants on the farm but are overrun with blackberries. We have a few black raspberries which are my favorite. All of these have been planted by the birds once again just like our asparagus patches around the garden. The black raspberry patch that is doing so well this year is on the back side of our big garage and are protected by the wind and harsh winter because they right along side the east wall. Eddie and I both have been picking a few everyday.
We have to pick them when they’re not fully ripe or the birds will eat them before we can.
We’ve been picking this quart container full about every two days. It’s a peanut container! Perfect size for holding and not losing any of the berries UNLESS Sadie is around!! She sets and begs for the sweet goodness of the berries too!
I bring them in and sort out any leaf or stem debris and quickly spread them on my baking sheets making sure they’re not stacked on top of each other.
After cleaning I pop them in the freezer and when frozen I transfer them to gallon size Ziploc freezer bags and pop them back into the freezer until I have enough to make jams and jelly.
I now have two gallon bags full and have about ten bags from last year. Raspberry jam is very easy to make and no pectin is required because they have their own natural pectin. I’ll work in the morning and come home to make as much jam as I can! Hay season will start again on Tuesday if the weathermen know what they’re talking about and everyone will be busy on the farm!!
Sweet joy-black raspberries growing wild beside our garage.
Cleaned and ready for a quick freeze until I have enough to make some raspberry jam or ice cream OR BOTH!
I spread them out on a baking sheet after they’ve been washed, dried with a paper towel and then spread them out. Pop them in the freezer!
They’re really nice this year and sooooo sweet!
We got a 12 ounce Cool Whip bowl full.
We should have another bowl full by the weekend and then another patch on the farm should start ripening! I’m so excited that I have something to finally store for the winter of 2018.
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.