Local produce always tastes better and I never want to give us seasonally relevant foods. One way of preserving the fresh bounty of summer is freezing. Freezing berries in amazingly easy and allows you to stock up on the most flavourful fresh produce when the prices are at their lowest (how amazing is that?). Be sure to use these frozen berries when the flavour will really shine to ensure you are making the most of your limited supply during the winter. They are a great topping for ice cream or yogurt, the perfect base of a sauce or are amazing just eaten on their own as a snack.
Place berries on a non-stick surface (such as parchment paper or a non-stick mat) on a baking sheet. For blueberries, ensure there is a even layer one-berry deep. If you stack them, they will freeze stuck together. For larger, softer berries such as raspberries or blackberries, evenly disperse them standing up (ie so that they are not lying on their side) on the baking sheet ensuring that they do not touch each other. Place baking sheet in your freezer, without tipping over any berries, and allow to fully freeze (1-2 hours). Once frozen, use the non-stick surface (ie parchment paper or non-stick mat) to form a funnel and place berries in portioned freezer-proof zip-lock bags. Place bags back in the freezer. Repeat with remaining berries.