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what to do with 'old' berries?

Posted by natalija_gardener (My Page) on
Thu, Nov 3, 11 at 13:23

I took out 2 pounds of blackberries out of the freezer to get something else out and then accidently forgot to put them back in the freezer again. Then my husband found them in the garage and they smell like wine now.
Is there any way I can do something with them? Can I make jam or something?
Thanks in advance for any help!

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RE: what to do with 'old' berries?

I'd make jam. I did a quick search and found that you were not alone in finding yourself with fermenting berries.

Here is a link that might be useful: Blackberry jam from

RE: what to do with 'old' berries?

How long were they sitting in the garage, out of the freezer?

RE: what to do with 'old' berries?

I would dry them and make potpourri with them. It is quite nice if you choose your favorite oil.

Here is a link that might be useful: Homesteading

RE: what to do with 'old' berries?

Make wine!!


RE: what to do with 'old' berries?

Have you tasted them? Do they taste as though they are fermenting or do they leave an after taste, like a mildew? I find our native berries to be somewhat fragile at room temp. If I discovered them thawed but cold I'd use them but you'll have to decide - you don't say how many days have passed.

RE: what to do with 'old' berries?

Thanks for yoyr responses.
The funniest thing I don't know how many days they were out:-))but they smell like wine.
Morz8 - they taste as they are fermenting. What should I do?
and Deanna - I do not jnow how to make wine?
I still have them in the fridge- any ideas?

RE: what to do with 'old' berries?

Thanks Barnmom for your link. I guess I will just boil it and make a jam

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