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I was reading a post that says berries such as blue and blakcberries were the best for antioxidants. They're so EXPENSIVE! How much cheaper are the frozen berries than the fresh one's?

Tue. Feb 19, 8:22am

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You could spend a small fortune on berries, right??! The frozen are still relatively expensive, but you get a litttle more and they obviously won't go bad.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008, 8:34 AM

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Berries are cheaper in season. I go with frozen ones this time of year. I'm still enjoying blueberries I picked and froze last summer. PYO is a great way to get outside and get some exercise, too!

Tuesday, February 19, 2008, 9:50 AM

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Yep - as soon as the berries get ripe go picking. Place the washed/dried berries on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper and place in coldest spot in the freezer. once they are frozen, bag them up in freezer bags (or containers) and store. They are good up to a year. Blackberries, blueberries and raspberries freeze particularly well - strawberries not so much IMO. Where i live blackberries grow wild all over the place, so it's quite the tradition in my household.

I pay $2 - $2.5 a bag at Trader Joe's for berries when I don't have my own.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008, 10:02 AM

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When it's off-season, I only get the fresh berries when they're buy one get one free. I buy frozen otherwise, but they're not real great just plain. They are fabulous in the bottom of hot oatmeal, or in smoothies or yogurt.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008, 11:12 AM

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OP here of the other berry post. Something you should consider when buying frozen berries. First and foremost, they are not the prime picked berries, that's why they ended up in the frozen bag. Chances are they went into the bag a little ripe and bruised. Also the more a berry breaks down, the less antioxidant it becomes. Set up your budget for the good stuff.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008, 12:04 PM

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Farmers Market

I love berries, I tend to get them during the summer, for smoothies, oatmeal, breakfast and snacks. =)
The best deal is the farmers market, they are fresh and DELISH! A tip for markets is to go close to closing time. If they end at 10am, get there at 9:30-9:45 because they have to sell everything they will often slash prices in the last minutes of the day. It's a good deal.
Also, you can buy them in bulk during the season and freeze them yourself.
So they don't feeze as a block of berries, lay them out on wax paper on a baking sheet, stick them in the freezer, when they are frozen throw them in a freezer bag and they are great for months!

Tuesday, February 19, 2008, 12:30 PM

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At the grocery store I go to every once in awhile they do buy one get one, so for blackberries which is the highest in antioxidants, I stock up, now granted they are $3.99 for a quart, but that works out to 2 quarts for $3.99. I put them in everything - cereal, pancakes, on their own.
I would skip out on a lot of other treats to have these.
In the summer I bulk buy berries and freeze them, and use them for smoothies.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008, 3:38 PM

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Not sure if you have Costco where you are, but I buy frozen berries (raspberries, blackberries and blueberries) I also buy frozen strawberries there too. It's cheaper than buying it fresh at this time of the year...and the good thing is...they last a lot longer (as in don't spoil quickly)

Tuesday, February 19, 2008, 3:41 PM

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I buy fresh berries all the time-anytime. If you look at some of the things people spend money on, berries are relatively in-expensive. If I get a small box of Blueberries for $2.50 that lasts me two meals. I eat greek fat free yogurt every morning with berries or papaya or apples etc. I figure I am worth it. I sprinkle toasted almonds on it and YUMMY. It's my treat to myself. Frozen blackberries are best if you have to go frozen. Go berries and skip something else!!

Tuesday, February 19, 2008, 8:46 PM

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