Buying Blueberries

Buying Fresh Blueberries

Fresh_Blueberries_007When you buy fresh blueberries, look for berries that are firm, dry, plump and smooth-skinned, with a silvery surface bloom and no leaves or stems. Size isn’t an indicator of maturity but color is – berries should be deep purple-blue to blue-black.

Reddish blueberries aren’t ripe, and won’t ripen once they are picked but you can use them in cooking. Avoid blueberries that look soft or shriveled or have any signs of mold. If you see juice stains in a container of blueberries, the fruit might be bruised.

Refrigerate fresh blueberries when you get them home, either in their original plastic pack or in a covered bowl or container. Be sure to wash your blueberries just before you start snacking, and eat them within 10 days of purchase (that’s the easy part!).

Buying Frozen Blueberries

HERO IMAGE SconesYou can find pre-washed, unsweetened frozen blueberries packed in poly bags or boxes in most supermarket frozen food sections.

When you grab a bag of frozen blueberries, they should feel loose and not clumped together. They’ve been individually quick frozen so you can remove a few at a time or use them in larger portions.

Store frozen blueberries in the freezer and sprinkle them onto ice cream, yogurt, and oatmeal or pop them right in your mouth for a refreshing treat. Frozen blueberries are easy to use in smoothies and fruit shakes. They add a flavorful punch to burgers, and are ideal for baking blueberry muffins and scones. Visit our blueberry recipes page for more ideas.

If you don’t use the whole bag of blueberries, return the rest to the freezer promptly; if you thaw the blueberries, cover, refrigerate and use them within three days.