Berry Delights

Delicious berry recipes using strawberries, blueberries, and more

Quick Strawberry Rhubarb Fool
Quick Strawberry Rhubarb Fool. Diana Rattray

For many of us, berries bring back warm memories of hours spent picking blackberries or blueberries for a special pie or cobbler. Fresh berries can be used in desserts or savory dishes, eaten out of hand, dried, or made into delicious jams, jellies, or preserves to keep or give as gifts. Blueberries, strawberries, and blackberries are among the most popular berries in the South, with festivals and jubilees throughout the spring and summer months.

Buying and Storing Berries

When buying berries, look closely for soft or moldy fruit. Berries are highly perishable, and should not be exposed to sunlight or kept at room temperature. If stored unwashed and loosely packed (damaged berries discarded) in the refrigerator, they should keep for 2 to 4 days.

Freezing berries is a good way to preserve them for use in baked dishes. Blueberries tend to be a little tougher if washed before freezing, and whole blackberries should be frozen spread on a cookie sheet then transferred to an airtight freezer container. Strawberries may be frozen sliced with or without sugar. Adding sugar will help preserve the color; when using pre-sweetened berries, reduce the amount of sweetener called for in the recipe.