Most people eat raspberries fresh, but they can be frozen. Frozen raspberries can be used to make frozen drinks, but you need to thaw them before using them in pies or on top of other desserts. If you don’t thaw them first, they get soggy. You can eat unfrozen raspberries throughout the year, if you learn how to thaw them properly. The sooner you freeze them after picking, the better they’ll be when you use them later.

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Slow Thaw

Lay a paper towel down on the top shelf of a fridge.

Spread raspberries out across the paper towel so none of them are touching.

Cover the raspberries with a plastic container. The container shouldn’t touch the raspberries. Check the raspberries every 5 to 10 minutes and then eat them after they’ve thawed.

Quick Thaw

Lay a paper towel down inside a microwave and turn the microwave to defrost.

Lay 1/4 cup of raspberries down on the paper towel and spread them out so they don’t touch.

Close the door to the microwave and set it for 10 seconds. Check the berries after 10 seconds. If they haven’t thawed yet, run the microwave another 10 seconds. Repeat this process until the raspberries are thawed.


  • Raspberries have a tendency to get mushy when thawing.