Jul 6, 2023
Want to know what Trader Joe’s freeze dried raspberries are when you buy them? Here’s our review to give you a good idea of what and what not to expect when you buy one.
Trader Joe’s makes their freeze dried raspberries using ripe, fresh fruit. What you get are raspberries as close to freshly picked berries as possible. According to the label, they use about 8.4 ounces of fresh raspberries to fill up a 1.2oz bag.
It’s not clear where the raspberries came from. But, one customer had this info that the raspberries were non-GMO. She didn’t say where she got that information since there’s nothing on the label that indicates this.
You can see on the label, though, that the raspberries are unsweetened & unsulfured. This means Trader Joe’s doesn’t use sulfur dioxide as a food preservative. This is typically used to prevent the browning of dried fruit. It’s a risky preservative because it’s known to cause a number of health risks like asthma and allergies.
The label only says: freeze-dried raspberries and nothing else. You don’t get preservatives, additives, or enhancers that can cause reactions. Of course, there’s a small desiccant package inside. Which is odd because most brands use oxygen absorbers to keep their freeze-dried raspberries good to eat.
The product seems a bit hard to find, even on the website. Trader Joe’s mostly has other freeze-dried fruits like blueberries and strawberries. But raspberries aren’t as many. Some are even asking where they can buy one because they can’t find it in their location.
Walmart does sell the freeze-dried fruit online, including Amazon and eBay. You just need to be sharp because the freeze-dried strawberries almost have the same color and look. We had to look at the bag closely to know the difference. If you’re a regular customer, though, it would be easy to spot the difference.
A pack of two’s costs $20 on eBay, and $ $29.88 on Amazon.
In Walmart, a single 1.2oz bag costs $12.99, while the 2-pack costs $18.99. You might want to order more if you’ll have Walmart ship this to you. Shipping costs $9.99, which is almost half the price of a 2-pack deal.
A 1.2 oz pack would roughly carry almost a cup of freeze dried raspberries. If you need more, you might need to order another bag.
Many love adding them to their oatmeal and cereal. The sweet tartness livens up the flavor of what could otherwise be a bland, boring breakfast. You can also put them in your favorite granola recipe.
You also grind them into a powder, then add them to powdered sugar for cookie toppings. Or mix them with your favorite buttercream frosting recipe.
Love yogurt? Then you’ll love it even more if you add some freeze-dried raspberries.
Many are happy and say these are very good raspberries.
A customer had to stop herself from eating the raspberries in one sitting. To her, the freeze-dried raspberries gave a flavorful punch. She’s got plans on adding it to a cookie recipe because of the flavor.
One loved the intensity of the flavor. He loved that it was all natural and had no preservatives or other chemicals. The taste is even better than fresh. And because it doesn’t have moisture, it’s easier to handle and it’s mess-free. He also doesn’t have to worry about spoilage and storage issues.
If you’re a buttercream frosting fan, this will be a great ingredient for you. A lady said it was excellent for making buttercream and flavored whipped creams. She doesn’t live near any TJ store, so getting freeze dried raspberries is very convenient for her.
A customer, though, wasn’t too happy with what she got. Even as a raspberry lover, Trader Joe’s Freeze dried raspberries were too tart for her. Her experience was disappointing for her as she was excited that she got the brand.
Another customer said that the freeze-dried raspberries tasted pretty bitter. She assumed it was how it was supposed to be. But her amazon order came all crushed since the bag was packed in an envelope within an envelope.
Another thing that you need to watch out for is the seeds. We mentioned this when we talked about using freeze dried raspberries as a substitute for freeze-dried strawberries. If you notice the seeds on fresh raspberries, you’ll mind them more now. These stick between your teeth, so have a toothpick handy.
And if you order from Amazon, be prepared for an unpleasant surprise. Some customers got their freeze-dried raspberries crushed and almost pulverized. They said that their packages came in a flat bag and didn’t have any support at all.
Someone also got disappointed with the amount of freeze-dried raspberries. The customer said you could fit the raspberries inside a child’s small hand.
Trader Joe’s freeze dried raspberries are great for snacking and adding flavor to your recipes. They taste great and the texture is so satisfying – if you can get past the seeds. But it is a tad expensive, though.
If you’re going to buy freeze-dried raspberries online, make sure that the seller knows how to pack them properly. If you can, ask how they’re going to send it to you. Otherwise, you’ll end up like the others with a bag of powdered raspberry goodness. Of course, you can still use it, but you won’t get that satisfying bits of crunch freeze-dried fruits are known for.
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