Have you ever wondered how some people make their frozen berries look so beautiful?
Frosty berries are definitely one of my favourite elements in sweet bowls! They simply look… magical. They are glowing like etherial fairies from another world. Shining like glass marbles yet smooth as silk at the same time. They remind me of frozen willows on the coldest days of the year.
However, achieving the perfect frosty berries look is not as easy as one thinks in the beginning. There are a few basic rules you need to consider if you want to add a hint of magic to your food.
First of all, you need berries. Follow these tips for optimal results:
- Do not use frozen berries. Buy them fresh and freeze them yourself.
- Pick fresh berries. They should not be damaged, shrivelled or mashed.
- Buy them in season and on sale if possible. I use frozen berries in winter and fresh berries in summer for my bowls.
- Don’t wash them before freezing or they won’t get that even defrosted look. Alternatively, if you don’t buy organic (or pick them yourself), rinse them and let them drain in a colander until they are completely dry before freezing them.
Now you’re good to go!
When you have bought or collected your berries, it’s time to freeze them.
As already mentioned, the most important rule is that they are completely dry. Moreover, your freezer should not be too moist. If so, crystals will form on the berries‘ surface which will destroy their look when defrosted.
Therefore, make sure to always close your freezer properly and don’t leave it open for too long.
When taking out the berries, be quick! Use a tweezer to place them carefully on top of your smoothie bowls.
DO NOT TOUCH THEM WITH YOUR FINGERS!
That will destroy the frosty look instantly.
In the following, I am demonstrating to you the different stages of defrosting after taking the berries out of the freezer.
As you will see, they defrost pretty quickly! Of course, the exact timing depends on your environment and the temperature and moisture conditions in your room as well as additional factors such as movement and wind.
AFTER 1 MINUTE
AFTER 2 MINUTES
AFTER 3 MINUTES