Use Frozen Berries for Easy Food Prep

iStock_000022078631_Large@05xOne of the best things about summer is fresh strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries. Who doesn’t love to go to the farmers’ market and get a crate of sweet, juicy fruit to enjoy for dessert or breakfast? It’s too bad that the growing season doesn’t last all year long. Rader Farms® has the solution with frozen berries, which are picked at the peak of ripeness™ and then individually quick-frozen to lock in all the nutrients until you’re ready to eat them.

Make Food Prep Easier

Making a smoothie with frozen berries is a quick and easy process. You simply toss the fruit into your blender with milk or juice, and any other additions you enjoy. You don’t have to take time to peel, chop or clean the frozen fruit, which helps you get through breakfast quicker and get on with your day.

Frozen berries can often be substituted for fresh berries when you’re baking or cooking. When you use frozen blueberries in pancakes, you only have to take out as many as you want and save the rest for later use. Typically, there’s no need to thaw the berries before you toss them into a batter to bake. To prevent the fruit color from bleeding into your cake or muffins, roll the berries in a little bit of flour to coat them before adding them to your batter.

Nutritional Benefits of Frozen Berries

Many types of berries are little storage banks of vital nutrients for good health. Not only do they taste great, even without sugar or cream, but they are also packed with antioxidants, vitamin C, folic acid, and potassium. It’s also thought that berries have anthocyanidins, a flavonoid that prevents mental decline. Whole berries have a lot of fiber, which may help manage blood sugar and reduce cholesterol.

Many people worry about whether frozen berries have the same nutritional components as fresh ones. When frozen quickly after harvest, frozen berries actually retain more nutrients than fresh berries. Freezing is a delicate process that slows enzymatic activity in the berries. Frozen berries last much longer than their fresh counterparts and taste just as good!

Use Frozen Berries

Keep bags of Rader Farms® frozen berries in your freezer to use any time you need a pick-me-up of flavor. They make great snacks on their own, but it’s also easy to use them to replace fresh fruit in your cooking and smoothies. They’re ready to go at a minute’s notice, which lets you get more antioxidants and vitamins without all the preparation hassle.

Sources:
http://www.everydayhealth.com/diet-nutrition-pictures/amazing-health-benefits-of-berries.aspx#03

http://www.thekitchn.com/bakers-tip-how-to-best-use-frozen-berries-for-offseason-baking-177519