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Have you ever done this? You get super jazzed up about something and maybe go a tad overboard. Then you sit and wonder what the heck you've done! This happened to me a while back and prompted me to learn how to freeze blueberries.
A few summers ago I went on a grocery shopping trip and found organic blueberries on sale. I LOVE blueberries! I am not going to totally embarrass myself by admitting how many pints of fresh blueberries I bought that day. Let's just say A LOT!
(We have since learned how to plant blueberries and grow them in our own backyard!)
I have a hard time turning down a good deal on something I love, what can I say? Plus stockpiling is a super way to save money!
Well, I got all those delicious blueberries home and had to figure out the best way to preserve my blueberries. I figured out how to freeze blueberries and will never have to be without them again!
(Since that sale shopping frenzy, I have purchased my OWN blueberry bushes. So, I still freeze blueberries all the time in the summer.)
Want to learn how to freeze blueberries for yourself?
Learning how to freeze blueberries is SO super simple!
Freezing most foods is actually fast and easy. We regularly freeze milk, freeze eggs, freeze peppers, freeze sweet potatoes and so much more!
Freezing blueberries is really the best way to preserve blueberries.
You will need a few blueberry freezing supplies.
A baking sheet (I LOVE this baking sheet, super cheap and long lasting).
And you will need some freezer bags (I use these with the zippers so I don't get any freezer burn on my yummy berries!)
Now that you have your simple supplies.
How do you freeze blueberries?
First, you will want to take your blueberries and make sure they are rinsed off.
Next, lay them on a single layer on your baking sheet. Stick that baking sheet in the freezer until they are frozen solid. (This usually takes just a couple of hours.)
Then dump them off the baking sheet into your freezer bags.
Finally, stick the freezer bags full of yummy blueberries back into the freezer.
What to do with all your frozen blueberries?
I love to eat the blueberries (still frozen) straight out of the freezer. You can also use them in recipes - like adding them to pancakes or muffins. One of my favorite things to do with frozen blueberries is make fruit smoothies!
You could get extra fancy and make your blueberry dishes AND then freeze them as freezer meals.
What is your favorite way to eat blueberries?
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I couldn't find a date for your suggestion, so I hope this isn't redundant 😊. I add one more little step to freezing my berries. If you put a sheet of parchment paper on your baking sheet and then lay on your berries. I find it keeps them from sticking and the paper makes an excellent funnel for pouring the berries in the bag!😉 I use those wonderful little ice balls to chill my sweet wine! Ahh summer 😉
MrAnimal Farm says
Yes, thanks for that added tip! We have tried that a few times, but get impatient waiting for them to freeze on the sheet (haha!) so usually just dump them in a bag. But you are definitely right, that does help keep them from sticking. We try to be sure they are good and dry and we freeze to help minimize sticking together too 🙂