Freezing Your Own Blueberries
Have you ever thought about freezing blueberries at home? Anyone can do it! Next time you find a great deal at the supermarket, or go blueberry picking and come home with more than you can eat in a week, try freezing them. Here are a few helpful hints:
- Use fresh blueberries that are completely dry when you pop them in the freezer. Don’t worry about rinsing the berries before you freeze them; simply place them, still in their original containers, in resealable plastic bags and store them on your freezer shelf.
- If you prefer to rinse the blueberries first, dry them well with paper towels, transfer to freezer containers or resealable plastic bags and freeze. The blueberries will freeze individually and you can remove just the portion you need.
- If you didn’t wash your blueberries before freezing them, rinse them just before use.
- For best results, pop your home-frozen blueberries into oatmeal, yogurt, smoothies, shakes or sauces within six months.
To learn more about freezing, canning and drying blueberries, visit the National Center for Home Food Preservation website.