Savor the Season: Berries

Created December 8, 2016
Three-Berry Cheesecake
Make the family “berry” happy with delicious recipes that feel light, fresh and perfect for summer. MORE+ LESS-

Three-Berry Cheesecake

Celebrate a trio of summer fruits with this spectacular dessert, with prepared pie crust saving time and becoming easy decorations.

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Pillsbury Refrigerated Pie Crust

From strawberries and raspberries to blueberries and blackberries, these tasty fruits are naturally perfect just as they are – bright, beautiful and bursting with flavor. But berries are also a wonderful recipe ingredient, making a salad, dessert or breakfast roll come to life. Berries pack a nutritional punch, too, adding beneficial vitamins, fiber and antioxidants without adding fat or too many calories. Our advice: use berries in recipes whenever possible.

Buying Berries

Visit a berry farm to pick them during the peak of the season. In the store, look for berries that are plump, firm and colorful, turning berry cartons over to check for moldy or mushy berries before you buy. Berries perish quickly; purchase them when you plan to use them.

Storing Berries

Wait until you use the berries to wash them. Unwashed berries stay fresh longer. Store berries loosely covered in the refrigerator for no more than two days. If you can’t use the berries right away, freeze them or make a puree or sauce that will keep longer.

Freezing Berries to Use Later

Wash and dry berries, removing stems and leaves. Arrange berries in a single layer on a baking sheet and freeze overnight. Transfer frozen berries to an airtight freezer bag or container; freeze for up to a year.

Preparing Berries to Use in Recipes

Wash berries with cold water in a colander; drain well Allow to air dry, or pat dry with a paper towel. Remove stems and leaves with a hulling tool or paring knife.

Berry Pie Recipes

Berries are a natural for luscious pie recipes bursting with flavor. Try one of these pies to bring out the best berries have to offer:

Stuffed-Crust Strawberry Cream Pie

Raz-Black-Blue Pie

Cherry-Blueberry Pie

Raspberry Mousse Pie

Rhu-Berry Pie

Fresh Blueberry Pie

Berry Breakfast Recipes

Berries are an ideal way to start the day. Try some of our favorite breakfast recipes that feature berries:

Cream Cheese-Raspberry Coffee Cake

Blueberry-Almond Crème Muffins

Breakfast Parfait for One

Mixed Berry Coffee Cake

Blueberry-Banana-Granola French Toast

Beautiful Berry Desserts

Desserts with berries are impressively delicious! Try one of these dessert recipes for an after-dinner wow:

Three-Berry Cheesecake

White Chocolate Raspberry Dessert Cups

Blackberry Cheesecake Dessert for Two

Easy Berry Fruit Tart

Red, White and Blueberry Shortcakes