Frozen berries do not need to be thawed when used in baked goods – just throw them into the mix the way you would fresh berries and be done with it! If you want to try and thaw berries so that they can be used in dishes as fresh berries would be – as garnishes or in salads – you can thaw them using this method to retain their shape and appearance.
- Place berries (about 1 cup maximum at a time) in a single layer with plenty of space between the berries on a paper-towel-lined plate.
- Put them in a microwave on "defrost" for 30 seconds. Check the berries and repeat until berries are defrosted (about 30 seconds for raspberries and blueberries, 1 minute for blackberries, and up to 2 minutes for strawberries).
- Immediately remove berries from the microwave to stop any cooking. The berries should look lightly frosted and have retained their shape.
- Carefully lift the berries off the paper towel and place them as garnish or in a salad or however you were planning on using the frozen berries as fresh. Note that the berries will be more delicate than actual fresh berries, so treat them accordingly if you want them to keep their shape.