Heads up folks the Blackberries are already in season (early this year). I was too ill to go blackberrying with my friend from up the road today, but she came over tonight with three huge bowls full to share. They are just such a fantastic free fruit and they freeze really well. They keep for at least two months in the freezer and can be made into great tarts and crumbles or just eaten on their own.
When you freeze them lay them onto a baking tray or another flat freezer proof dish. Try to keep each fruit separate and not touching another fruit. After 24 hours in the freezer you can then remove them from the baking try and bag them up quickly and place back into the freezer. This makes sure when you defrost them you don’t just get a gloopy mess, but nice individual berries
Make sure you pick them high! Higher than dog or fox peeing hight. The higher the berry the better!
Always protect yourself when berrying, wear old clothes with long sleeves and gloves if needed. And aways wear an insect repellent. Midges love to hang around where berries grow, and I have learnt the hard way about their biting ways!
Happy Berrying folks (I hope I can get out there and join you soon).