Barberries are also known as Barbery; it is a shrub on which red fruity berries grow that are different from other berries because of their taste and their multiple medical benefits. It has been used for hundreds of years to treat difficult diseases; it is used worldwide.
The barberries can be found fresh, dried, and sometimes even in powdered form, depending on its purpose you are using them for. It has a sharp, acidic flavour. It is used in make jam, jelly’s, juices, drinks and even added in food. Because of its medical properties, it has a good shelf life, so it rarely goes bad; it can last in the pantry for months and years when refrigerated.
How to store barberries
Barberries are grown and sold all over the world. It has numerous uses, from healing wounds and infections to cooking amazing recipes. Their properties make them valuable assets, and you don’t want to lose an asset without getting the full benefit.
So it is important to work towards storing them better as their shelf lives can increase up years when stored properly; they stored can be in fresh, dried, or powdered form.
Whether it is fresh or dried barberries, they are to be stored in the freezer after purchase as this will keep them fresh for a longer time. Also, put them in a tight airtight bag before putting them in the fridge to protect barberries’ colour and flavour.
Dry for Storing
fresh barberries are often converted into dry barberries as dried barberries can be used and stored for a much long period of time without affecting their flavour. Drying is done in several ways most common ways are sun drying, chemical drying, and shade drawing dried.
Store at a clean, dry place
Always store barberries at a cool, dry place in airtight bags and away from direct sunlight as is if not stored properly; they turn darker and dry and lose all their taste.
Can we freeze barberries?
We often buy berries such as strawberries and blueberries in large amounts when they are in season and then freeze them and later used them in drinks or food. This is because berries are sensitive fruits and bruises easily when kept on the shelf for a longer period of time while freezing helps us store better, but it also preserves the taste.
The same goes for barberries; it is common to store barberries by freezing. As it was mentioned earlier, this is also a good storing technique. Whether barberries are fresh or dried, they can be frozen easily, which helps barberries maintain their beautiful red colour and taste. Frozen barberries are preferred over powdered ones because freezing helps them maintain their taste for a long time.
How long do barberries last?
Barberries are a poisonous yet medical herb, almost every part of the plant has a use. The plant also has antiseptic properties, making it last longer to survive against most plant diseases and attacks. Due to its excessive purposes, the barberries are stored and transported in various forms around the globe.
Fresh barberries can last up to some weeks, provided that they are kept at cold temperature, preferably in the refrigerator. Dried berries are mostly preferred as they last longer and can easily last a year and more when stored in the freezer.
Powdered berries can also last up to a year; it just has a disadvantage that the powdering process affects barberries’ taste, so the powder form loses its taste early.
How to tell if barberries go bad?
It is easy for one to detect if his barberries have gone bad; no matter in which form they are, the signs are almost the same.
- Mouldy: always check fresh barberry for moulds. There is sometimes mould formation on the barbary at the point where it was connected to the stem. As for dried barberries, they do not catch mould easily, but still, one must check for it every time before using them.
- Discolouration: another important sign of any dried fruit gone bad is the change in its colour. Barberries have a beautiful red colour, so if you see that the barberries are turning dark or have a colour different from what it was when they were first bought, they have certainly gone bad.
- Loss of taste: one of the easiest ways to see if barberry has gone bad is to taste it. Barberries have an acidic taste, so if it loses that specific sourness or if the taste is highly acidic, then it’s a sign that your barberry has gone bad or rotten.
- Hardness: another common sign of rotten or bad barberries is hardness. If you see that your barberries do not have that soft juicy crunch, it’s hard and too much sour, then that is bad barberry.