Freezing Blueberries

  Blueberries are one of the easier summer fruits to freeze. If you freeze them following these directions, they will freeze loose and you can remove just as many or as few as you want from the bags. 
  Freezer bags work best when freezing this way as containers can leave air pockets which will lead to freezer burn. Just be sure not to wash them till you are ready to either freeze, can or eat them. Blueberries have a natural protection, which appears whitish on the berries, which washing will remove.

  •   Pick through your berries, removing any soft or bruised fruit, stems and leaves.
  •  Measure how many you have and get your freezer bags labeled and ready to go.
  •   When you are ready, fill a large bowl or your sink with cold water, swish around quickly and drain in a colander. Place on paper towels and pat dry with more paper towels. You want them as dry as possible. 
  •   Cover a large cookie sheet with plastic wrap or wrap of your choice, and add one layer of berries. Try to have them not touching if possible. Now place the tray in the freezer and freeze until firm. Mine usually take about 20 to 30 minutes.
  •   Quickly place the frozen berries in your labeled freezer bags and return to freezer.
  • Making sure they are as dry as possible allows them to freeze separately and you will not have as much trouble with freezer burn.
  TIP: Do not thaw the berries before using if you are going to bake with them. They will soften and turn your batter blue.  
Try your frozen blueberries in these recipes:

Blueberry Lemon Cream Bars

Blueberry Pie

Blueberry Streusel Cake

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