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What's in Season: Berries!

From strawberries and raspberries to blueberries and blackberries, these tasty fruits are naturally perfect just as they are – bright, beautiful and bursting with flavor.

Cooking and Baking with Strawberries
Berries are also a wonderful recipe ingredient, making a salad, dessert or breakfast roll come to life. Berries pack a nutritional punch, too, adding beneficial vitamins, fiber and antioxidants without adding fat or too many calories. Our advice: use berries in recipes whenever possible.

Special wow!  Watch this video on how to make luscious Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries.

Buying Berries

  • Visit a berry farm to pick them during the peak of the season.
  • In the store, look for berries that are plump, firm and colorful, turning berry cartons over to check for moldy or mushy berries before you buy.
  • Berries perish quickly; purchase them when you plan to use them.

Storing Berries

  • Wait until you use the berries to wash them. Unwashed berries stay fresh longer.
  • Store berries loosely covered in the refrigerator for no more than two days.
  • If you can’t use the berries right away, freeze them or make a puree or sauce that will keep longer.

Freezing Berries to Use Later

  • Wash and dry berries, removing stems and leaves.
  • Arrange berries in a single layer on a baking sheet and freeze overnight.
  • Transfer frozen berries to an airtight freezer bag or container; freeze for up to a year.

Preparing Berries to Use in Recipes

  • Wash berries with cold water in a colander; drain well.
  • Allow to air dry, or pat dry with a paper towel.
  • Remove stems and leaves with a hulling tool or paring knife.

Berry Breakfast Recipes

Berries are an ideal way to start the day. Try some of our favorite breakfast recipes that feature berries:

Beautiful Berry Desserts

Desserts with berries are impressively delicious! Try one of these dessert recipes for an after-dinner wow:
The Betty Crocker Store has a large selection of great cookbooks, like this one that’s loaded with recipes for jams and preserves!

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