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How to Freeze Blueberries

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How to Freeze Blueberries

How to Freeze Blueberries

Photo © Erin Huffstetler

Buy your blueberries in July when they're at their cheapest. Then, freeze a bunch to use throughout the year.

Difficulty: Easy

Time Required: Varies

Here's How:

  1. Wash blueberries and pat dry.
  2. Sort out any under-ripe, over-ripe, bruised or otherwise damaged berries. Also remove any leaves, stems or debris.
  3. Pour the blueberries onto a cookie sheet in a single layer. This will keep them from freezing together in clumps.
  4. Place the tray in the coldest part of your freezer, and leave it there until the berries are completely frozen.
  5. 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.

Tips:

  1. Frozen blueberries are best suited for use in recipes. Try them in waffles, smoothies or a cobbler.
  2. 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:

  • Blueberries
  • Water
  • A colander
  • A towel
  • A cookie sheet
  • Freezer bags or containers
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