How to Freeze Raspberries

By Charlotte King

Raspberries are a refreshing summer treat that we often crave even after summer is long gone. If you enjoy seasonal fruit often, you will likely end up with more raspberries than you can handle. So, to preserve your extra raspberries for many more months, you should freeze them well. And, in this freezing guide, you will learn all the steps to freeze raspberries perfectly!

You can freeze raspberries by themselves or with a bit of sugar for sweetness. Either way, you can start by picking the fresh raspberries, washing them, and drying them. Next, flash-freeze them before moving them to freezer bags to freeze them for the long term. For an even sweeter batch, consider mixing the berries with sugar before freezing.

Now that you know the basics, let us move on to the details.

Raspberries are a refreshing summer treat that we often crave even after summer is long gone. If you enjoy seasonal fruit often, you will likely end up with more raspberries than you can handle. So, to preserve your extra raspberries for many more months, you should freeze them well.

Preparing to Freeze Raspberries

How to Pick Fresh Raspberries 

Here are a few tips that will come in handy when buying or picking raspberries on your own.

Tip #1: Raspberries are a summer fruit, so buy them during the season when they are at their ripest. You will end up with frozen berries that are a flavor bomb!

Tip #2: If you pick your raspberries, pluck them carefully by rolling them off the plant. If they are ripe, they will separate easily. If there is any resistance, it means that the raspberries have yet to ripen completely.

Tip #3: Raspberries are a very delicate fruit, so make sure they are not stacked too high together. Otherwise, the bottom berries will squish.

Tip #4: Look for berries that have a deep, glossy color and are free of any bruises.

Tip #5: Check all your berries to ensure no mold is present.

Supplies You Need

Raspberries

You can freeze as many or as few raspberries as you want. If you are freezing sweetened raspberries, you will need 3½-4 cups of raspberries to fill a quart-sized (32 oz) jar. If you are freezing the raspberries plain, you can add as many or as few raspberries to the freezer-safe bags.

Freezer Containers

If you are freezing the raspberries plain, it is best to use freezer-safe bags for storage. These freezer-safe bags give you flexibility on the portion sizes and are more convenient to stack in your freezer. 

When it comes to sweetened raspberries, it is better to use freezer-safe jars instead. The syrup in the sweetened berries can quickly become messy in the freezer bags. You can use quarts, pints, or smaller freezer jars for freezing the sweetened raspberries.

Baking Tray

To flash freeze the raspberries, you will need a nonstick baking tray. You can also line a regular baking tray with parchment paper to prevent the raspberries from freezing stuck to the tray.

How to Wash Raspberries 

The trick to preserving your raspberries for a long time is to keep them as dry as possible. When ready to wash, add them to a strainer or a colander and rinse them under plenty of running cold water. Remember not to soak the raspberries in the water – this will introduce too much moisture that will make them more likely to rot. 

Once washed, gently spread the raspberries out on paper towels and pat them dry. You must keep them very dry before freezing them. If the berries are wet, they will be more likely to freezer-burn.

How to Freeze Raspberries

A group of frozen raspberries

Your washed and dry raspberries are now ready to be frozen! When freezing, you can choose to freeze them either plain or in sugar, depending on how you plan to use them later.

Freezing Unsweetened Raspberries

Flash Freeze the Raspberries

Flash freezing speeds up the overall freezing process. This ensures that any ice crystals formed during freezing are tiny, resulting in higher quality berries!

  1. Spread the raspberries on your baking tray in a single layer. Ensure that there is enough space between every raspberry so that they do not end up stuck together.
  2. Load your prepared tray into the freezer to flash freeze the raspberries. It may take up to an hour for the raspberries to freeze solid.

Freeze the Raspberries

  1. When the raspberries have frozen solid, remove the tray from the freezer and transfer the berries to freezer-safe bags. 
  2. Once filled, remove as much air as possible from the bags before sealing them. You can use a vacuum sealer, but a straw can also do the trick.
    • To use a straw, seal the bags almost completely, leaving enough space for the straw to pass through. Insert the straw and suck out as much air as possible and seal the bag completely.

Label and date each bag, and your raspberry-filled freezer bags are now ready to be loaded into the freezer for long-term storage!

Freezing Sweetened Raspberries

You can use either sugar syrup or sugar directly to prepare sweetened raspberries. However, using a sugar syrup results in a frozen block of fruit that is difficult to use. So the method below uses sugar directly, which is much more convenient.

Sweeten the Raspberries

  1. Start by adding the raspberries to a large bowl.
  2. Next, sprinkle sugar over the raspberries. About ½ cup of sugar for 4 cups of raspberries works well. However, the amount of sugar you use can depend on how sweet the raspberries are and how sweet you want them to be.
  3. Gently stir the raspberries so that you coat each berry with sugar. It is best to use a silicone spatula to avoid bruising the fruit.
  4. Once combined, let the fruit sit for 10-15 minutes. You will notice that the sugar draws out the juice from the fruit and forms a syrup of its own.

Freeze the Raspberries

When the sugar has dissolved completely, you are ready to pack the raspberries. 

  1. Transfer the raspberries to freezer-safe jars, filling them all the way and leaving about ½ inch headspace. 
  2. Close the lids, label, and date the jars before loading them into the freezer to be frozen.

How to Thaw Frozen Raspberries

A bowl of raspberries

Many recipes do not require you to thaw frozen raspberries, especially if you use them in desserts. However, depending on how much time you have, you can defrost them in the following ways.

Defrost Using Cold Water 

Transfer your frozen raspberries to a bowl and add enough cold water to cover the berries fully. Let the bowl sit on your counter for 10 minutes, and your raspberries will be ready for use! 

Defrost in the Fridge 

Transfer the raspberries from the freezer to the refrigerator and let them sit for 5-6 hours. You can even do this process overnight, and come morning, you will have your defrosted raspberries!

Defrost in the Microwave 

Add the raspberries to a microwave-safe bowl lined with paper towels. Then, use the microwave’s defrost setting for about 30 seconds. This should be enough time to thaw the raspberries completely. If not, defrost again in 10-second intervals until they are ready for use.

How to Use Frozen Raspberries

Pancakes with raspberry and blueberry toppings

Frozen raspberries are ready to be used in all the recipes you would otherwise use fresh berries. If you are using them in quick recipes, like pancakes or waffles, it is best to thaw them beforehand. You can also add frozen raspberries directly to desserts, such as cakes, pies, and muffins. Your sweetened raspberries will especially come in handy in these recipes! 

Frequently Asked Questions 

How Long Does Frozen Raspberry Keep?

Properly frozen and stored raspberries will easily last for 12-18 months in your freezer, which gives you plenty of time to freeze a fresh batch!

Do Raspberries Get Mushy After Freezing?

Flash freezing the raspberries will prevent the berries from getting mushy. Freezing them individually on the tray makes sure that the ice crystals formed are tiny, which means you do not lose a lot of texture when thawed. 

Are Frozen Raspberries As Good As Fresh?

Frozen raspberries are almost as good as fresh raspberries, especially when used in desserts or smoothies. You may want to avoid using frozen raspberries as toppings or garnishes because freezing may cause some loss of texture.

Should You Wash Raspberries Before You Freeze Them?

While you are not required to wash raspberries before freezing them, you should rinse them if you do not plan on thawing. When washed, you must completely dry the raspberries before freezing to avoid freezer burn.

Conclusion 

So there it is, a simple way to enjoy the fresh taste of raspberries throughout the year. Freezing raspberries is an excellent way to preserve and enjoy them for a long time. If you want to enjoy even more summer fruits, you can learn more in our guide on freezing strawberries! You can also check out the rest of our freezing guides to prepare fruits from any season for freezing.

How to Freeze Raspberries

Raspberries are a refreshing summer treat that we often crave even after summer is long gone. If you enjoy seasonal fruit often, you will likely end up with more raspberries than you can handle. So, to preserve your extra raspberries for many more months, you should freeze them well.
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Total Time 30 mins
Course Preparation
Servings 4
Calories 637 kcal

Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

Unsweetened Frozen Raspberries

  • Rinse out your raspberries in plenty of running water to clean them.
  • Dry the raspberries by spreading them on some paper towels and pat them dry.
  • Prepare a baking tray by spreading the washed and dried raspberries in a single layer.
  • Load the baking tray into the freezer for an hour or until the raspberries have frozen solid.
  • Once frozen, transfer the raspberries to freezer-safe bags and seal them shut after removing as much air as possible from them.
  • Label and date each bag with the freezing date and load them into the freezer for long-term storage.

Sweetened Frozen Raspeberries

  • Rinse out your raspberries in plenty of running water to clean them.
  • Dry the raspberries by spreading them on some paper towels and pat them dry.
  • In a large bowl, mix the raspberries and sugar and stir gently so that each raspberry is well coated.
  • Let the raspberries sit for 10-15 minutes or until the sugar has dissolved completely.
  • Transfer the raspberries to freezer-safe jars, ensuring that you leave ½ inch headspace before closing the jar lid.
  • Label and date the jars before moving them to the freezer for freezing.

Nutrition

Sodium: 6mgCalcium: 121mgVitamin C: 126mgVitamin A: 158IUSugar: 121gFiber: 31gPotassium: 727mgCalories: 637kcalMonounsaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gFat: 3gProtein: 6gCarbohydrates: 157gIron: 3mg
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