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May 22, 2017
All About Berries

Berry prep, recipes and the best gadgets to recruit!

One of our favorite things to do this time of year is explore our local farmers markets and discover the berry bounty they provide. Our community of cooks here at Whisk have been scouring the markets on Saturday mornings and bringing back their findings to you! Read below for all you need to know about prepping, freezing and cooking berries!

Berry Preparation

Get them ready to bake!

Blackberries

Picking: Pick blackberries when they’re fully ripened at the stem. Handle carefully, they’re easily harvested with a gentle touch. Whether you’re picking them from a blackberry farm or from your nearest Farmer’s Market, make sure they look as perfect as possible.

Washing: Only wash blackberries when you’re ready to use them by rinsing in a strainer. Freeze, bake or eat immediately after.

Raspberries

Picking: Though not fully prevalent here in the Triangle, they can be found. Raspberries that are fully colored (red or golden) can be easily plucked from the bush. The hull and core should remain on the bush, so you’re left with just the berry. Browse the selection at your local Farmer's Market and assess which ones you think will work the best in your recipe!

Washing: Just like blackberries, only wash raspberries when they’re going to be used right after. After rinsing, spread them on a single layer on a paper towel and let them air dry.

Strawberries

Picking: Find strawberries that are fully red without any trace of green or white coloration. Also, don’t forget to note the color and condition of the leaves. The greener and fresher, the better! If you’re looking for fresh, head to your closest produce stand in the Triangle, you’ll get the ripest strawberries around!

Washing: Similar to the sponge, they absorb water quickly. After rinsing, pat dry and store them with the green leaves on (it prevents water from entering the center of the berry!).

Freezing Berries

Save them for later

The next best thing to fresh berries, frozen berries keep well until the next time you’re ready to bake or craving something sweet to snack on. How do you store them? Wash, pat dry, then air dry the berries. Place them on a baking sheet in a single layer and put in freezer. Once frozen, transfer into a freezer quality plastic bag.

Tools to Use for Berry Prep

Find them all at Whisk

Tart Pans

Whisk is proud to offer a huge variety of sizes and shapes of tart pans for your baking needs.

Stem Gem

This easy-to-use tool is perfect for removing the stems of strawberries to cut down on prep time when baking!

Mrs. Anderson’s Ceramic Pie Weights

Did you know that it’s best for your crust to be weighed down? These ceramic beads make the best, reusable weights when baking crusts.

Le Creuset Pie Dish

As beautiful as it is functional, the Le Creuset Pie Dish comes in bright, spring colors that make an incredible table presentation.

ISI Easy Whip

This tool helps create fresh, whipped cream ready in an instant with its NO2-powered dispenser.

Joie Strawberry Fresh Pod

Searching for a storage container for your strawberries, blueberries and raspberries? The Joie Strawberry Fresh Pod is the perfect vessel for washing, draining and storing your berries.

Recipes

Tasty as they are beautiful

Fresh Strawberry Pie

Fresh strawberries form both the topping and the filling for this delectable–and chilled–pie. The cookie-based crust creates a crunchy contrast to the gooey-ness of the fruit. Is your mouth watering yet? Get the recipe here!

Raspberry Vanilla Custard Tart

The flavors of raspberries and vanilla marry perfectly inside of this custard tart that features a tangy cream cheese base. Follow our super simple recipe for this lovely dessert, we promise it will look as beautiful as it will taste! Get the recipe here!

Triple Berry Pavlova

This Triple Berry Pavlova combines the tart tastes of strawberries, blueberries and raspberries and combines them with soft, fluffy meringue. Presented in three layers, you’ll be proud to serve this colorful treat at any gathering. Get the recipe here!

Removing Berry Stains

Don't sweat the stain!

It’s inevitable, you’re going to get some berry juice on your hands, clothes or countertops! The secret to removing a berry stain? Catch it quickly and follow these instructions below:

  1. Rinse the stain with cool water before it dries
  2. Use regular soap or detergent
  3. Add lemon juice to loosen the stain, or olive oil for finger stains

 

Visit Whisk for Your Berry Needs

Whisk is proud to be your resource for all your summer baking needs. We encourage you to get creative with these recipes and share them on social media with us. Happy cooking!