It seems that we're getting gooseberries already on our newly acquired land, and the blackberry bushes are blooming gloriously, too. Got a preserving question for ya!
Last year, I bought really great locally grown corn and didn't blanch it before I cut it off the cob, stuck it into freezer bags, and froze it. It came out really well all winter long, no problems at all whatsoever to report.
So I'm wondering whether a person really needs to blanch stuff before freezing (I did rinse everything off in a sinkful of water with a sploosh of vinegar and dried well). And who knows anything about putting up gooseberries? Can I just wash, dry, and freeze my wild blackberries when they come? Can anyone recommend a good book about wild fruit plant care and fruit preservation?