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Freezing Raspberries

July 27, 2015 (Last Updated: October 12, 2020)

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Tips on how to freeze freshly picked raspberries. Extend your raspberry season by freezing raspberries to use all year long.

A blue colander filled with frozen raspberries.

We grow raspberries in two different patches and we get a lot of raspberries.  We eat a ton, make them into yummy desserts and jams and then freeze whatever we have left.  We munch on these frozen raspberries throughout the rest of the year.

They are so delightful in the middle of winter…they just give me a little reminder that summer will come again. Knowing the proper method for freezing raspberries is key to being able to enjoy them year round.

Freshly picked raspberries ready to be frozen.

Frozen raspberries can be eaten frozen as a snack, added to oatmeal or other cereals, or used for baking.  I rarely thaw my berries before using.  I just throw them in frozen. A few of my favorites are raspberry muffins, raspberry turnovers, raspberry brownies, raspberry coffee cake and raspberry sweet rolls.

Once the raspberries start to ripen, I have to pick every other day.  Otherwise I have overripe berries.  I try to pick first thing in the morning for two reasons.

First, it’s cool and I don’t like the hot and second, the berries aren’t as mushy when they are cooler.

Ripe raspberries on the vine waiting to be picked.

Do I need to wash my raspberries?

I never wash my raspberries.  They tend to  absorb a lot of water and can become mushy.

We don’t use any sort of sprays in our garden so I don’t worry about having to remove any sort of herbicide or pesticide. Our garden also doesn’t get a lot of dust.

I do get the occasional bug or leaf on my raspberries.  I just simply remove those by hand.

Any bug left is going to be small and will freeze right along with the berries.  Okay, this can seem gross, but I just don’t worry about them.  They are all part of an organic garden.

The berries then get spread out on a cookie sheet, one layer thick and placed in the freezer.  This allows the berries to freeze individually and not one big solid mass.

Frozen Raspberries on a baking sheet.

I love adding frozen raspberries to smoothies too!

A bowlful of frozen raspberries.

Once my berries are frozen, I scoop them up into freezer bags.  I don’t worry if they aren’t all the way full.  You could also store your frozen berries in vacuum sealed bags.

Frozen berries are best stored in a deep freeze freezer, one without an auto-defrost. 

Frozen Raspberries in freezer safe bags.

How long will frozen raspberries last?

Raspberries will last up to one in year in a deep freezer. 

Can I freeze other fruit using this same method?

Yes! I often freeze blackberries and blueberries using this same technique. 

Don’t forget to PIN for later! A blue bowl filled with frozen raspberries.

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A blue bowl filled with frozen raspberries.

Freezing Raspberries

Extend you summer harvest by freezing fresh berries.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Preserving Food
Cuisine American
Servings 1 batch
Calories 62 kcal


  • 1 Fresh Organic Raspberries (any amount will work)


  • Do not wash berries.
  • Place berries in a single layer on a cookie sheet
  • Freeze for at least 1 hour
  • Remove from sheet and place in a freezer zip bag or in a vacuum sealed bag
  • Place in a deep freeze (without auto defrost)
  • When needed, simply remove the amount needed and replace in freezer


Use the amount of raspberries you have on hand - from one cup to one gallon.ย 


Serving: 1cupCalories: 62kcalCarbohydrates: 14gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 1mgPotassium: 181mgFiber: 8gSugar: 5gVitamin C: 31.4mgCalcium: 30mgIron: 0.8mg
Keyword freezing fresh fruit, freezing raspberries, How to freeze raspberries, preserving raspberries
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  • Reply
    Fred lG
    November 21, 2018 at 10:15 am

    5 stars
    We’re growing raspberries. Will try your suggestions

    • Reply
      November 22, 2018 at 6:38 am

      There’s nothing better than enjoying raspberries all year long.

  • Reply
    Manali @ CookWithManali
    July 28, 2015 at 2:38 pm

    wow how cool is this! Love the idea of freezing raspberries and then enjoying them in winters ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Kennedy Cole
    July 28, 2015 at 12:29 pm

    We grow blackberries, and we always freeze them so we can make blackberry cobblers in the winter time ๐Ÿ˜‰ I love your idea of freezing raspberries. I think you have inspired me to grow some raspberries in the garden next summer ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thanks! ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Reply
      July 28, 2015 at 7:30 pm

      I don’t grow blackberries…maybe we should arrange a switch!

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    Rachelle @ Beer Girl Cooks
    July 27, 2015 at 3:23 pm

    Thanks for all the great tips! Now I will be prepared when I go crazy at the farmer’s market. It happens a lot. ๐Ÿ™‚ Pinned!

    • Reply
      July 28, 2015 at 7:31 pm

      It’s so easy to get carried away when there’s all that great produce available. Freezing berries is a great way to save and use them for later!

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    Anu-My Ginger Garlic Kitchen
    July 27, 2015 at 11:08 am

    This is fantastic, Kathy! I too love raspberries! Liked that not washing berries tip! Perfect for freezing berries! Bookmarked! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Reply
      July 28, 2015 at 7:31 pm

      Thanks, Anu!

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    Lori from LL Farm
    July 27, 2015 at 7:11 am

    Awesome Kathy. I have been doing the same things with our wild blackberries.

    • Reply
      July 27, 2015 at 7:26 am

      Wild blackberries! Yum!

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