How to Select Blackberries
Ripe blackberries are a dull-black color and are just beginning to soften and become sweet. Choose blackberries that are plump, shiny and free of bruising. Do not select blackberries that are leaking or have mold growing. When purchasing blackberries in a container, flip the container over to inspect for crushed or moldy fruit, if you notice any damaged berries, select a different container.
How to Store Blackberries
Store blackberries in the refrigerator in a shallow container covered with plastic wrap. Do not wash blackberries before storing them as the extra moisture speeds up deterioration.
Blackberries quickly mold at room temperature and last only a few days in the refrigerator.
How to Freeze Blackberries
Wash blackberries under cool water in a colander, allow sufficient draining, then spread berries in a single layer on a cookie sheet and place in the freezer.
When the berries are frozen place them in an airtight container or freezer bag and return them to the freezer.
How to Ripen Blackberries
Green blackberries will need to ripen further before they are suitable for eating. To ripen blackberries place them in a brown paper bag and fold the top over several times, or place them in an airtight container. Leave the paper bag at room temperature checking the berries each day to see if the blackberries have ripened. Blackberries are soft and if they become too ripe they will become squishy and leak. Blackberries can also be stored on the counter in a bowl to ripen.
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