Shopping for Blackberries
When shopping for blackberries, remember that the blacker the color, the riper and sweeter the blackberry will be.
The perfect blackberry has a “deep”-flavored and is very juicy.
Blackberries are highly perishable and delicate. They can turn soft, mushy, and moldy within 24 hours after bringing them home from the store, so you will want to either use them that same day or freeze them.
Once you do bring them home, check for any soft, overripe berries…as well as any squished or moldy berries. Gently blot the berries that you’re keeping with a paper towel and place them in a covered container in your fridge.
Do not wash the berries until you’re fixing to…_(yeah, I am from the Deep South)…to either eat them or cook with them.
To freeze blackberries…which is honestly the best way to use them to make smoothies…flash freeze them by first arranging the blackberries in a single layer on a cookie sheet. Then put the cookie sheet with the berries into the freezer. Freeze them until they are solidly frozen. Then put them to an airtight container or Ziploc bag, label, and date…..yeah, I do know that you can also buy prepackaged frozen berries, but we’re trying to avoid processed foods, remember?)
Blackberries have been used to make wines and cordials as far back as 1696..so they must taste pretty darn good, right?.
And of course you could eat the blackberries that you have bought all by themselves, but why stop there, when you could use your blackberries to make great desserts such as cobbler, jelly, and smoothies.