Buy your blueberries in July when they're at their cheapest. Then, freeze a bunch to use throughout the year.
Time Required: Varies
- Wash blueberries and pat dry.
- Sort out any under-ripe, over-ripe, bruised or otherwise damaged berries. Also remove any leaves, stems or debris.
- Pour the blueberries onto a cookie sheet in a single layer. This will keep them from freezing together in clumps.
- Place the tray in the coldest part of your freezer, and leave it there until the berries are completely frozen.
Transfer the frozen blueberries to a freezer bag or another freezer-safe container of your choice.
Blueberries will keep in the freezer indefinitely, but are best used within six months of freezing.
- Frozen blueberries are best suited for use in recipes. Try them in waffles, smoothies or a cobbler.
- Stay on top of what's in your freezer by labeling all bags and containers with their contents and the date that you froze them. Then, tack a freezer inventory list on the door, so you can see what you have at a glance.
What You Need:
- A colander
- A towel
- A cookie sheet
- Freezer bags or containers