If you read this post, you know about my adventures picking organic blackberries last week. You also know about this deliciously evil cobbler. As summer draws to a close, I find myself entering “winter preparedness mode.” You see, I hate winter. All apologies to those winter-lovers out there, but I’d be thrilled to live in a place with just the three seasons– summer, spring, and fall. Toward late August I become like a squirrel gathering nuts and begin to get ready for those long, dark months ahead.
That’s why I picked more blackberries. It’s a small gesture, but the idea of pulling out those berries in the middle of February brings a smile to my face. Freezing berries is super easy to do:
Step 1: Wash and dry the berries.
Step 2: Lay the berries out in a single layer on a cookie sheet (yes, these berries are frozen but I forgot to take a “before” photo so let’s pretend they’re not yet chilled). I lined mine with tinfoil for ease of getting them off the cookie sheet, but that might not be needed.
Step 3: Freeze.
Step 4: Put in a freezer bag, label, and store until needed!
That bag actually looks kind of wimpy. Maybe I need to add one more berry picking adventure to the agenda? Of course, that means more cobbler, which is a BIG no-no on my diet. Oh, the decisions!
I’m also working on freezing my fresh herbs before they get out of control and leggy (whoops! just peeked at my basil. It may be too late). That’s a little bit more complicated than the berries, but not much. I’ll post an update once I tackle it!
How about you? Are you a summer-lover, winter-lover, or do you like all four seasons? How do you prepare for those dark winter days? Feel free to put a link to your blog if you have a post on canning, jam making, or any other summer related activities!