Frozen berries

Summer is the perfect time to freeze your favorite fruits or chopped vegetables so you can avoid buying them in plastic bags later. My son and I recently went blueberry picking and picked a bunch of blueberries so we could freeze them to enjoy year-round and package-free. Buying local fruit in season is not only better for the environment (fewer food miles) but also cheaper! Load up at your local farmer’s market or when they’re on sale at your grocery store. Here’s how we froze our blueberries, zero waste style πŸ™‚


How to freeze fresh fruit

Directions:

1. Rinse fruit and place in a single layer on a cookie sheet. To prevent fruit from sticking, you can place a sheet of parchment paper on the cookie sheet first. Since I have a small freezer, I put my blueberries directly on dinner plates then covered them with an upside down plate so I could stack several on top of each other.

Tiny Trash Can how to freeze fruit

2. Once the fruit is frozen, remove the fruit and put in a mason jar (or other air-tight container) using a funnel. Freezing the fruit first prevents it from forming a big clump in your jar so they’ll be easy to scoop out later πŸ™‚

Tiny Trash Can how to freeze fruit

3. Close your mason jar and store in the freezer for as long you would store-bought frozen fruit.

Tiny Trash Can how to freeze fruit

2 thoughts on “Frozen berries”

  1. I’ve had “freezer safe” reusable containers burst in the freezer, so I’m wary of using mason jars to freeze produce. Have you had any issues with mason jars breaking in the freezer? Is there a specific brand you buy?

    1. Hi! No I haven’t had any mason jars break in the freezer. I think the key is to leave room in the jar and not fill it up too high. Water expands when it freezes so there needs to be some room in the jar to accommodate this. If you freeze the fruit on a plate or cookie sheet first, they won’t stick together and or expand any further. I also freeze vegetable remnants to make veggie stock. Since these are loosely put in the jar, there’s plenty of room for them to expand when freezing. With soups and sauces, I recommend leaving a couple inches at the top. Hope that helps! πŸ™‚

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