After You Get Your Bing Cherries Home
Raspberries, like most berries, do not ripen after they are picked, are fragile, and do not ship well. Berries that are wet, stuck together, or crushed can spoil quickly. Containers that are stained with raspberry juice may indicate crushed, overripe, or spoiled berries. Locally grown berries will probably be juicier and sweeter than those bred specifically for shipping.
Allow one-half to one cup of raspberries per person served. One pint typically contains two cups.
As long as they don’t have mold or other evidence of spoilage, raspberries do not need to meet all the criteria above to be edible or usable in a recipe. The closer they are to meeting these guidelines, however, the higher their quality should be.
After You Get Your Raspberries Home
Use fresh raspberries within a day or two of purchase, or freeze them for future consumption. Do not rinse your raspberries until you are about to serve them. Refrigerate in a single layer, if space permits, removing any that already have signs of mold.
To freeze, place unrinsed berries in a single layer on a rimmed cookie sheet in the freezer for several hours or overnight. Transfer frozen berries to a freezer bag (removing as much air as possible) or other freezer container, seal, and return to the freezer for up to six months. Rinse before eating.