Freeze Blueberries So You Can Eat Them All Year Long!
Freezing blueberries is easy! By freezing blueberries when they are in season, you can enough a healthy and fun treat all year. The only problem with blueberries, is that the harvest season typically runs from June through August. To get around this issue, buy lots of blueberries in season and then freeze them to use throughout the winter. One of the best ways to store blueberries is by freezing them!
How To Freeze Blueberries
After sorting out soft, unripe or bruised blueberries, removed all the little stems and leaves. You want to end up with firm bluish-gray blueberries! Despite what some websites say, do not wash blueberries before freezing them! When you wash blueberries before freezing them, the skin will become tough and rubbery!
If you are concerned about your blueberries freezing together, (they really shouldn’t if you didn’t wash them), you can lay your blueberries one layer deep on a cookie sheet and then put them in bags or other suitable container than can seal tight. Otherwise just take your sorted blueberries and pack them in your air-tight containers. Although many use plastic containers, freezer bags and vacuum sealers, glass jars are great for storing blueberries in your freezer! Unlike plastics, does not leach any BPA into your tasty blueberries.
If you use freezer bags, use a straw to suck as much air as possible. One hint on reducing freezer burn is to store your berries in the back of the freezer where the temperature remains relatively stable. Fluctuating temperatures are one cause of freezer burn!
Remember both frozen and fresh berries should be rinsed and drained just before serving. Just before using, wash the berries in cold water.
Frozen Blueberry Tip: You do not have to thaw your blueberries before cooking with them!