Berry Good Tips For Reducing Food Waste

Cal Giant | September 21, 2021

California Giant Berry Farms berries are sustainability grown with the Earth’s future in mind. Aside from saving money, we know that there are several benefits to reducing food waste! Reducing food waste helps to conserve energy and resources, reduce methane emissions from landfills, and can even help lower your carbon footprint. Donating untouched food is also a great way to reduce food waste while simultaneously supporting your community!

To help you start reducing food waste and contribute to a better future, we’ve rounded up some tips on how to get the most out of your berries and utilize berries near the end of their shelf life.


How To Save Leftover Berries

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Turn soft berries into a delicious sweet treat for a loved one! Use up your extra berries in a pie filling, like in this Easy Strawberry Pie, or this simple Berry Galette. There are so many recipes that can help you find creative ways to utilize those overripe berries. 

Add excess berries to a tall glass of ice water for a berry-infused beverage. Infusing berries into water adds a mildly sweet and tart flavor that can encourage you to increase your daily water intake. You can even add them to your next cocktail as a garnish or to be muddled as a part of the drink! 

How To Freeze Berries

frozen berriesIf you have too many berries and not enough time, you can always freeze them to use later! When freezing berries, you’ll want to place them on a baking sheet in the freezer for about 24 hours before placing them in a freezer-safe bag. You can use those frozen berries in a Berry Smoothie Bowl or even leave them out to defrost before making homemade preserves or jams!

How To Store Berries

When bringing berries home from the store, keep them dry and in their original container, wait to rinse them until right before they are going to be used or eaten.  Keeping berries in a cool and dry environment will help extend their shelf life.

 

 

Which berry care tip did you find most helpful? Let us know in the comments below

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