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Raspberries are one of the easiest fruits to freeze because of how small they are and their high water content.
So if you’re wondering how to freeze raspberries because you’ve got too many and don’t want them to go to waste, you’ve come to the right place.
There are lots of different rules and theories when it comes to freezing food, but fruit is some of the easiest.
There’s no cooking or extra fuss needed in advance like blanching, they will often thaw relatively well and be true to the original flavor of the fruit, and many of us freeze fruits to go in things like pies, muffins, baked goods, or smoothies, in which case, you don’t have to worry so much about the method they’re frozen in.
In this guide, we’ll go through the method to freeze raspberries, how to freeze raspberries so they don’t go mushy, and how to thaw raspberries once they’re frozen.
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Can You Freeze Raspberries?
Yes, you can 100% freeze raspberries and it’s a very popular fruit to freeze.
How to Freeze Fresh Raspberries
There are two methods for freezing raspberries, both assuming you’ve chosen firm and ripe raspberries to freeze.
Blemished raspberries don’t freeze as well, so pop those in your mouth before you start.
Gently wash the raspberries in cold water and pat dry on paper towels.
If you want the raspberries to be frozen separately, ie, they don’t turn into one big pile of fruit syrup, then you will want to do what’s known as free flow freezing.
For this, lay out the fresh raspberries on a piece of parchment paper or foil on a baking tray.
Put that in the freezer for about 2 hours.
Then, you can transfer the frozen raspberries into a Ziploc bag or another container with a lid to then put them back in the freezer until you need them.
When they come out, you won’t have any stuck together and they will be individually frozen strawberries.
The other method is the dry sugar pack, which can be used when you don’t mind if the raspberries come out stuck together, more like a raspberry syrup that can you then used in baking.
For this, do the same with the washing and the dry, then put a layer of raspberries in the container you’re going to freeze them in.
Cover with a thin layer of sugar, then add more raspberries on top, and repeat until you’re about 1/2 inch away from reaching the top of the container.
This works because the sugar will combine with the natural liquids of the raspberries to create a frozen syrup.
Then freeze in the container – I love these glass ones (make sure the lid is on tight or it is also wrapped in saran wrap).
Do You Wash Raspberries Before Freezing?
I always wash raspberries before freezing, just as a matter of good hygiene in the kitchen.
If you would wash it before you would eat it, you should wash it before you freeze it because once you freeze it, there’s no great way to wash it!
How Long Do Frozen Raspberries Last?
Frozen raspberries can last for up a year in the freezer.
A whole year!
Thank goodness for that.
When you go to thaw it, thaw them unopened in their containers for about 3 hours at room temperature, and use just before the raspberry has completely thawed out for best results.
If you’re making something like a smoothie that calls for frozen raspberries, then obviously you can freeze right away.
This guide on freezing raspberries is the best for frozen raspberries separately and frozen raspberries in a sugar pack.
- Raspberries, whole
- Sugar, granulated
Freezing Raspberries Separately:
1. Gently wash the raspberries in cold water and pat dry on paper towels.
2. Lay out the fresh raspberries on a piece of parchment paper on a baking tray
3. Freeze for 2 hours
4. Transfer the raspberries to a Ziploc bag or container and freeze until you need them
Dry Sugar Pack:
1. Gently wash the raspberries in cold water and pay dry on paper towels.
2. Put a layer of raspberries in the container you're going to freeze them in.
3. Cover with a thin layer of sugar, then add more raspberries on top, and repeat until you're about 1/2 inch away from reaching the top of the container.
4. Freeze in the container (make sure the lid is on tight or it is also wrapped in saran wrap).
1. Blemished raspberries don't freeze as well, so pop those in your mouth before you start.
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