Eat & Be Berry Local
Some of the first signs of summer come in small packages but are loaded with Mother Nature’s powerful antioxidants. Starting with the first hint of warmer weather this summer, we welcome the arrival of Northwest-grown strawberries, quickly followed by local blueberries in June and raspberries and blackberries in July.
Preserve the flavors of summer a little longer with these tips for storing fresh Northwest berries:
Timing is key
Only rinse berries right before you eat them. Additional moisture from washing increases the likelihood they’ll start to mold.
Rinse in a colander instead of fully submerging them in water to maintain their shape and integrity.
Let them chill
Refrigerate berries for an hour or so when you bring them home. They will be easier to rinse when they have had a chance to firm up a little.
Keep the air flowing
After washing, allow berries to rest in an open container with ample air circulation to help them dry out. Store them in the refrigerator avoiding the crisper drawers since the air has higher humidity and less circulation.
The Big Freeze
Enjoy Northwest berries all year round with help from your freezer. Lightly rinse and pat dry (remove the hulls in strawberries). Place on a tray and freeze in a single layer until solid; then transfer to airtight containers. Enjoy throughout the year!