Zero Waste berries!

My son is obsessed with berries, and I am too! They’re not only delicious—they’re also so healthy, packed with vitamins, antioxidants, and other phytonutrients. Unfortunately, they’re typically also packaged in plastic.

In the summer months when berries are seasonal, we try to take advantage by getting them at farmers’ markets (in our own containers). I also try to choose organic when possible, but some small farms don’t have organic certifications, and can still be great options.

A couple weeks ago, we visited a local farm and picked raspberries ourselves! It was such a fun day, and I was surprised at how quickly this little guy learned to pick (not eat) the berries and put them in the bucket.

I have a little freezer so I can’t store many berries at a time, but I have started freezing the berries that I get packaging-free when possible. Here’s how to do it!

  1. Rinse the berries and let them dry.
  2. Spread them out in a single layer on a baking sheet and freeze them like that. [Please don’t skip this step! I’m still chiselling my way out of a giant strawberry ice cube from missing this step the first time I tried freezing berries.]
  3. Remove from the freezer and transfer berries to a freezer-safe container with a lid. Voila!

Have you been able to find packaging-free berries? What kind is your favourite, and how do you like to prepare/eat them?

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