How To Select Raspberries
- Choose raspberries that are plump, dry, and firm. They should be well shaped and of uniform color. Avoid withered or crushed berries.
- Most raspberries are boxed. Examine what raspberries you can see. If the box isn’t wrapped, open it and remove a few off the top to examine those underneath.
- Avoid purchasing boxes of raspberries that are damp or stained on the bottom. This indicates that some of the berries are either crushed or decaying within.
- Raspberries are fragile and have a short shelf life once picked. They also mold easily. Check the box carefully and avoid any with signs of molding.
How To Store Raspberries
- Raspberries can keep for a few days in your refrigerator, but have a short shelf life. Store raspberries in the package they came in (or if freshly picked, in a breathable container). If there is room, add a paper towel to the container to absorb excess moisture.
- Store raspberries near the front of your refrigerator where you can see them easily. Avoid placing them in the colder parts of the fridge.
- Avoid washing raspberries until you are ready to serve them. Introducing moisture can cause them to mold or spoil faster.
- Raspberries can be frozen for up to ten months. Flash freeze raspberries by washing them and placing them in a single layer on a baking sheet in the freezer. Allow them to freeze for two hours before transferring them to a sealed plastic bag.