Some fruits are very seasonal and too much is produced at one
time. We show you how to freeze the various fruits and let you know how
long they will keep in your freezer.
HOW TO FREEZE GOOSEBERRIES
Gooseberries are one of the easiest fruits to freeze. The
established view is that they should be frozen on a tray first
and then transferred to more permanent containers for freezing
long term. I can only assume that this advice has come from Mrs
Beeton's Cookbook and then propagated around various websites from then on!
Freezing gooseberries on trays first is time-consuming and unnecessary. And this
advice comes from someone experienced in freezing gooseberries for many years.
Step by step instructions which work and save time are listed below.
Wash your freshly picked gooseberries to remove any leaves and debris.
Top and tail your gooseberries to remove the stalk and tail. If
you try and do this after de-frosting frozen gooseberries the job
will be ten times worse because the individual gooseberries are then
Pat the gooseberries with a tea towel or kitchen paper to remove
most of the water on the surface.
Place your gooseberries into a freezer bag. Tie the bag removing
as much "air" as possible. Label with contents and date of freezing.
Place the packed gooseberries in the lowest part of your freezer
to ensure they freeze as quick as possible. In truth, nothing more
need be done. The berries are so large that they easily separate
into manageable portions when taken from the freezer. But the next
step will ensure they remain even more able to be separated into
Set your kitchen timer for 90 minutes. When it sounds the alarm,
briefly take your part frozen gooseberries from the freezer and
jiggle them about a bit to separate them. Place them back in the