Pick red, ripe strawberries with their caps and stems. Keep strawberries cool – don’t leave them in a hot car or in direct sunlight; refrigerate immediately. Store in shallow containers so as not to crush the berries; do not remove the caps until ready to use or process. Use within three days.
Raspberries are probably the most delicate of the berries. Pick into shallow containers. Ripe raspberries will separate easily from the plant. Handle gently and refrigerate immediately. Do not wash until ready to use or process. Use within 1-2 days.
To pick, hold the cluster in your hand and gently roll your thumb over the berries; ripe berries will separate from the plant. Sort out twigs and leaves prior to refrigerating. Blueberries may be placed in deep containers during picking and storing. Do not wash until ready to use or process. Will keep in refrigerator up to two weeks.
Because of their flavor and coloring, Minnesota Grown berries make ideal jams, jellies and preserves.
For recipes and other tips for preserving Minnesota berries, visit the University of Minnesota Extension Service's web site.
Paul Hugunin at 651-201-6510
Jessica Miles at 651-201-6170
Ag Marketing & Development Division
Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA), 625 Robert Street N, St. Paul, MN 55155-2538, firstname.lastname@example.org