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Old 03-10-2010, 09:49 AM
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May is on the way, and when it gets here the dew berries will be ready to pick. I'am thinking of picking a bunch of these berries, and vacuum sealing them in mylar bags.

Here is the plan - get some quart sized mylar bags, and vacuum seal the berries in them. This would make a good snack, with a natural, organic food. I'am a little worried about the force of the vacuum crushing the berries.

I want the mylar bag to be snack sized, so one person can eat all of the contents at one time - either with a meal or as a snack.

Ideas or suggestions?
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freeze them on a cookie sheet first or it will all be mush. otherwise dehydrate them first.
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May is on the way, and when it gets here the dew berries will be ready to pick. I'am thinking of picking a bunch of these berries, and vacuum sealing them in mylar bags.

Here is the plan - get some quart sized mylar bags, and vacuum seal the berries in them. This would make a good snack, with a natural, organic food. I'am a little worried about the force of the vacuum crushing the berries.

I want the mylar bag to be snack sized, so one person can eat all of the contents at one time - either with a meal or as a snack.

Ideas or suggestions?
I never thought of storing them in mylars, I thought of them more of a canning item.

IIRC, I thought someone said the leaves can be used as a tea
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Dry the berries and mix them with some granola for a trail mix type snack.
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Yea I would normally can berries, often just making them into a jam. Otherwise I would dehydrate them.
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After I posted this thread, I thought about dehydrating the berries, then sealing them in a mylar bag with an oxygen absorber packet - and leaving out the vacuum seal.

A little over a year ago I got some organic plums that were sealed in this same manner, but they were in a heavy plastic bag and were not vacuum sealed. So I thought, why can't I do this with berries? All I have to do is go pick them, their free, their natural, organic as you can get, and they would make a great snack.

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Kev, last year I picked wild raspberries, rinsed them off and the next day they were covered with larvae. I never saw any eggs or anything strange on them when picking. How do you deal with this issue?
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Kev, last year I picked wild raspberries, rinsed them off and the next day they were covered with larvae.
I'am thinking the eggs were laid right before you picked the berries. Maybe the dehydration process will kill the eggs and the larvae?
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Kev, last year I picked wild raspberries, rinsed them off and the next day they were covered with larvae. I never saw any eggs or anything strange on them when picking. How do you deal with this issue?
maybe freezing them like you do with grains to kill off the buggers?
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