Frozen fruit is an economical way to make sure you’ve always got fruit on hand. It’s perfect for making fruits last longer, since they can turn moldy in the blink of an eye in the fridge. They last for ages, meaning you can enjoy fruit year round. For summer, frozen raspberries are ideal for smoothies, for use on top of ice cream or yogurt, or just for snacking.
Unless you’d like to eat them frozen, frozen raspberries must be thawed prior to enjoyment. Thawing frozen raspberries is very simple to do, and will only take minutes.
To thaw frozen raspberries, place a sealed bag of them in a bowl of water in the sink. Let room temperature water run over them for about 8 minutes, until they’re soft again. You could also stick your frozen raspberries in the fridge overnight. If you want them warmed, heating them on the stovetop is the way to go.
How To Thaw Frozen Raspberries
There are a handful of ways you can thaw frozen raspberries. Since they’re not a meat product, you don’t really have to worry about them spoiling quickly. The only thing you might be concerned about is the berries cooking from being exposed to too much heat.
Thawing Frozen Raspberries In The Sink
- Take your bag or container of frozen raspberries out of the freezer when you’re ready to enjoy these summery berries. If you’re going to use the entire bag, you can skip the second and third step.
- Separate out as many raspberries as you think you’ll need. If they’re frozen in a large chunk, set the bag on the counter for a few minutes so that it thaws just a little. Then, take a spoon and try to chip off the amount you’ll need.
- Place the amount of berries you’ll be using into a ziplock bag and close it.
- Place the bag in a mixing bowl (or any bowl large enough to hold the bag), before placing that bowl in the sink.
- Let room temperature water flow at a low to medium flow onto the bag. The bowl will fill up with water, but that is okay.
- After 8-10 minutes, your raspberries should be thawed enough to use.
Thawing Frozen Raspberries In The Fridge
This is an incredibly simple “set it and leave it” way to thaw frozen raspberries. Simply separate out as many raspberries as you’ll need and leave them covered in the refrigerator. If you leave it overnight, you should have perfectly thawed berries the next day.
Thawing Frozen Raspberries On The Stovetop
If you’re going to be cooking your berries, a gentle heating over the stove in a saucepan can thaw them well.
Set your stove to the lowest heat and place your berries into a saucepan. For this, you will want to keep your berries constantly moving to avoid burning. Let them thaw slowly, until you see them start to release their juices.
Thawing Frozen Raspberries In The Microwave
When in doubt, there’s always the tried and true method of thawing frozen raspberries in the microwave. For this, set your frozen raspberries into a microwave-safe bowl and begin to warm them in 15 second intervals.
It won’t take long for them to thaw. Be mindful when you thaw them this way, as they’ll go from frozen to molten hot before you know it. Stir up the berries in every heating interval to ensure they’re thawing evenly. At most, this will take about 45 seconds. The raspberries may be hot when you’re finished.
Frozen raspberries alleviate that age old issue of your raspberries going bad in the blink of an eye. To thaw frozen raspberries, place them in a bag under running water for 8-10 minutes until they’re softened to the touch. For a more hands-off method, set them in the fridge overnight. You will find them ready by morning.
If you want to bring a bit of heat to the party, warm your raspberries over the stove on the lowest heat you can. This only take a few minutes, but they must be constantly moving so that they don’t scorch.
You could also thaw your raspberries in the microwave. Microwave your raspberries for 15 seconds at a time, stirring as you go to let them thaw out evenly.