Blackberry Picking Tip: Hands free berry picking


I love to pick blackberries, they grow literally like weeds in my area and very easy to find a trail with more berries than I ever could pick.  The fresh air is nice I am always looking for new ways to pick berries in less time.  This tip from my brother-in-law will be sure to help step your berry picking up a notch.

Simply take an old milk carton and cut a hole in the top.


Then take your belt and loop it through the handle and now you have both hands free to pick those berries even faster.  Of course this would work for anything else that could be beneficial to have both hands free.

I also cut a small notch lower than the top and used the same container to rinse the berries are allow easy separation of stems, leaves and/or insects that decided to join my bucket during my rapid picking.

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9 Responses to “Blackberry Picking Tip: Hands free berry picking”

  1. Cinj Says:

    That's an awesome idea! I like to bring a cultivator with me to hold some of the thorny canes out of the way too. Can't wait to make my blackberry jelly!

  2. Dan Owen Says:

    I remember picking these when I was young. I still run across them from time to time in southwest Missouri. Thanks.

  3. Frugal Canner Says:

    The Pacific Northwest is blueberry heaven. They grow in abundance everywhere. Love your milk jug holder. I use a coffee can in which two holes are punched. A wire coat hanger is looped through the holes and formed into a hook. I hook it onto my pants because I don't wear a belt very often. This holder is also great for blueberry picking!

  4. mangocheeks Says:

    What a fantastic idea!

  5. Roasted Garlicious Says:

    great idea, i use a coffee tin with string on it, hang it around my neck and away i go… mmmm blackberry heaven!!

  6. The Cheap Vegetable Gardener Says:

    Lots of of other awesome ideas for hands free picking. There is definately more blackberries growing around here than I could consume in a year.

  7. Flowers Says:

    Thanks for sharing the blackberry picking tips. it was nice going through it. Keep it up the good work. Cheers 🙂

  8. Twiggie Says:

    I’ve seen a mod on this idea in which slots were cut into the side of the jug to create little fingers that you rake along the bush or vine and the berries come off and fall into the jug.

  9. The Cheap Vegetable Gardener Says:

    I just recently saw a commercial product that does what you are describing. Will definately try that out next blackberry season. Less scratches and more truely ripe berries.

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