It’s summer and I was able to buy a lot of fresh blueberries in the farmer’s market because they were on sale. I would love to stock up on blueberries for the winter since this is my favorite fruit. It would also be nice to have some blueberries to grab in the freezer when I crave for some blueberry pancakes. How do I store these to keep them fresh and how long will it take before they spoil?
A lot of tasty recipes can be made out of blueberries yet it gets pretty expensive when it is off season.
Keeping blueberries in the freezer for future use is a great way to stock up on this seasonal fruit. Freezing blueberries is an easy process. All you have to do is to put them in a bag and toss them in the freezer. Frozen blueberries can last for months if you store them well. What you must keep in mind is to avoid refreezing thawed blueberries to avoid spoilage.
Can You Freeze Blueberries?
Blueberries should be stored immediately into the freezer if you do not intend to use them yet. Keep them in airtight containers to keep them from spoiling.
You can keep fresh blueberries in the freezer for 6 to 8 months, and store them in the fridge for 5 to 10 days.
It is advisable to rinse your blueberries only before you intend to use them not before freezing. Washing them prior to freezing will add moisture to the blueberries, making them spoil faster.
In case you’ve washed your blueberries prior to freezing, be sure to pat them dry with a paper towel before throwing them into the freezer.
You can tell if your blueberries have gone bad if they have a mushy texture and have some bruising and molds on them.
It is recommended to separately store your berries depending on the amount that you intend to use for a recipe so none of them will go to waste due to refreezing.
How to Freeze Blueberries
Freezing blueberries is a quick and simple process. Here’s how to do it:
- Wipe the fresh blueberries. Rinse them if you want to, but be sure to wipe them completely dry with a paper towel.
- Place the blueberries on a baking sheet with parchment paper on it.
- Put the baking sheet in the freezer for 2 to 3 hours.
- Take the baking sheet out after the allotted time and transfer the berries in an airtight bag. Be sure to seal the bag well to avoid moisture and contaminants from getting into the bag.
- Put them back in the freezer and don’t forget to put a date on each bag.
- When thawing, take only the bag/amount you intend to use. Put the bag in a bowl and place it in the fridge to defrost. This is the most recommended thawing process.
- If you intend to cook the berries, you can thaw them through the microwave at low heat for 1 minute.
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