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How to defrost frozen berries

Updated: Nov 24, 2023

A bag of blueberries with fruit bursting out of the bag

Frozen is a convenient way to eat berries year round. Every time you open up a Sujon bag of frozen fruit you can be assured it will have the same great consistent quality every time.

Sujon frozen berries are picked at the peak of ripeness and snap frozen within just hours of being harvested. To beat this level of freshness you would need to be eating the fruit straight after it had been picked from the vine!

You can keep the frozen fruit in your freezer and simply pour out the amount you need. If you are using the fruit in baking or a smoothie, simply use them frozen. Our berries are also safe to eat frozen out the packet, a great healthy snack for kids on a warm summers day!

For other uses-garnishing, salads, ice cream sundaes, yoghurt, cereal toppers etc you'll want to defrost the fruit first. Follow our top thawing tips below.

How to defrost your berries in a refrigerator

If time allows you can defrost the berries in the fridge. Slow defrosting does maintain a better flavour and texture. Place the berries in a bowl and wrap with plastic or put them in an airtight container. Thaw them for 4-6 hours if you are using them as a garnish, otherwise you can let them thaw overnight.

How to defrost your berries in a microwave

Use the defrost setting on your microwave to the the fruit. Defrost them in small batches, we recommend no more than 1 cup at a time. Place the berries in a single layer on a plate, leaving space between the berries or fruit. For larger fruits such as Strawberries, set the time to 60 seconds. For smaller fruits such as Raspberries and Mango set the time to 30 seconds. Set the time to 15 seconds for Blueberries. If you find that the fruit is still frozen try microwaving again for another 10 seconds. Microwave cooking times do vary, so you might want to do a test with a small batch to get your perfectly defrosted berry.

What if you are in a hurry and don't have a microwave?

If you don't have much time and have no access to a microwave you can place the frozen fruit in a bowl and cover the fruit in cold water. Check them in 5 minutes, if the berries are still frozen, drain and add fresh cold water. We do not recommend you thaw the fruit in hot or warm water as it will cause the berries to release their juices.

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