This week's garden harvest includes peas and raspberries. Because these are "fragile" fruits and vegetables, they preserve better when frozen, as compared to the canning process, which is kind of hard on vegetables and fruit. Their flavor and texture is better if you first flash-freeze them, then bag them.
First, place the freshly picked raspberries in a single layer on a cookie sheet.
Second, place them in the freezer for about 4-6 hours.
Third, bag and label them, and pop them in the freezer.
Fresh produce during the winter with the taste of summer.
Because these raspberry bushes grew from some shoots planted years ago and they come back every year, it's hard to determine how much it cost to produce these raspberries. However, to purchase bags of frozen raspberries currently costs over $4.00/qt bag, so I'm hoping that those bushes just keep on producing!
I love perennials because they are SO worth the investment price of planting them, because if they are taken care of, they just keep on giving.