How To Remove Seeds From Blackberries

Not everybody likes the naturally seedy nature of blackberries. Especially in pies or jam. I personally love the crunch of the seeds. But some people want a deliciously smooth blackberry paste.

How To Remove Seeds From Blackberries?

It can seem impossible to remove thousands of tiny seeds from your blackberries. But there are actually several methods to do this, and that is what I am going to talk about in this article. So, without further ado, let’s dive right in and get started!

Methods To Remove Seeds From Blackberries

Surprisingly, there is more than one way to de-seed a blackberry. In this section, we are going to go over each of the most popular methods and how you can do it at home.

1. Put Your Blackberries In A Blender

This is a very simple method to follow. You just need to follow these steps to successfully remove your blackberry seeds:

  • Step 1 – Place your blackberries in a colander over the sink. Take care to get rid of any stems or leaves as you carefully wash your berries under cool running water.
  • Step 2 – Toss your blackberries in a blender. Use the pulse feature until you are sure that all the seeds have been blended.
  • Step 3 – Place a fine sieve mesh over a bowl and then pour your purée into it. Tackle care not to mess any of your blackberry purée. It is not fun to clean up!
  • Step 4 – Using a spoon, press down on the purée. Squish as much of it through the sieve as you can. The larger seeds should get stuck in it while the pulp goes through.

This is one of the easiest methods of removing blackberry seeds. It is not perfect, but you should end up with a pretty smooth pulp.

2. Use A Strainer For Your Blackberries

Following the strainer method is also simple. It is a little tougher than blending your berries first. But, it works well. Follow the steps below:

  • Step 1 – Start by cleaning your blackberries in a colander under cool running water. Take out any stems or leaves as you carefully wash your berries.
  • Step 2 – Toss your berries into a strainer over a bowl, and then use your fingers to press the berries through the strainer. This should leave behind whole seeds.
  • Step 3 – Once all the berry pulp has been squished through the sieve, toss out your seeds.
  • Step 4 – Continue this method, doing one handful of berries at a time.

This method is foolproof. If you really want to get rid of any blackberry seeds in your harvest, this is likely one of the best options you have.

3. Try the Food Mill Or Chinois Method

How To Remove Seeds From Blackberries?

You probably haven’t heard of this method unless you have been berry picking for many years. But, it is worth investing in a food mill for ease of use. Follow the steps below to get the most out of your product:

  • Step 1 – Once again, thoroughly wash your blackberries in a colander under cool running water. Take care to remove any stems or leaves.
  • Step 2 – Toss your blackberries in a food mill or chinois. This is a simple, one-step process that will automatically ensure that there are no seeds left in your blackberry purée.

If you do not have the funds to purchase a food mill or chinois, this method might not work well for you.

4. Use The Potato Mesh Method

If you have a potato masher, you should be able to execute this method with ease. Just follow the step I have laid out below:

  • Step 1 – Clean your blackberries under cool running water. Take care to remove debris and dirt from them before you move on to step two.
  • Step 2 – Carefully mash your blackberries so that you do not splatter the juice all over the counter. Take care to only mash a few berries at a time.
  • Step 3 – Put your berry pulp in a sieve and strain the blackberry pulp. This should get rid of any seeds or debris that are left behind.

This method is very easy to follow. Just take care to splatter blackberry juice all over your kitchen. It is easy to go too fast, but blackberry juice stains. So, take care.

5. Strain Your Blackberries Through A Cloth

This is not the most efficient method of removing blackberry seeds. But it does work in a pinch. Follow the steps below for the best results:

  • Step 1 – Clean your blackberries in a strainer. Run cool water over them and pick out any steps, leaves, or other debris.
  • Step 2 – Put a cloth over the colander and squish the berries with your hands. This should extract the juice.
  • Step 3 – The cloth should catch the seeds as you continue to squeeze. Stop once there is no more juice coming out.

If you have no other alternative, this method might be a good idea for you. But, it does not work as well as some of the other methods. 

6. Use A Cheesecloth

If you have a cheesecloth handy, this is a pretty good method. Follow the steps below to learn the best way to get rid of blackberry seeds using this method:

  • Step 1 – Wash your blackberries in cool running water. Make sure there is no additional debris with your berries before you move on.
  • Step 2 – Cook your berries in hot water on a medium heat and allow it to simmer for between five and ten minutes.
  • Step 3 – Place your cheesecloth over a colander and then use a masher to squish the blackberries in the saucepan.
  • Step 4 – Fill the colander to about halfway and allow your berry mixture to cool down to room temperature.
  • Step 5 – Press down a little and allow the juice to escape.
  • Step 6 – Twist the cheesecloth tightly and press all the juice and pulp through. This should remove the pulp and seeds.

This method is best if you want to get rid of both the pulp and seeds. If this is not something you want, this is not the right method for you.

Final Thoughts

I know how annoying it can be to start cooking with blackberries and have little seeds getting stuck in your teeth. Or overall ruining the texture of your baked goods.

But with my article, I hope that you have found all the information you need to make removing blackberry seeds easier. I hope that you have enjoyed reading this article and learning about how to remove blackberry seeds.

If you want to learn more about blackberries or other fruits and veggies, take a moment to check out my site. I have a range of fun and interesting articles available. You are sure to find something that will pique your interest. Thanks for reading!

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