The Easiest Way to Freeze & Store Blueberries

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This is the Easiest Way to Freeze and Store Berries. Hands down. Buy berries in bulk and store them for year round munching!

One of the best ways to save money on whole foods is to buy them in bulk when you can get good savings, and store them for the future. I’ve written about How to Store Nuts and Seeds, The Easiest Way to Preserve Herbs, The Easiest Way to Freeze Tomatoes, How to Store Prepared Beans, and How to Store Leafy Greens, but today I’m sharing how to store one of our favorite foods–how to freeze blueberries.

I guess this post could also be called  “How to Freeze Berries Without Having Them End Up in One Big Clump!”

or “The Easiest Way to Preserve Blueberries.”  Because I’ve tried other ways and this is just well–simply the easiest.

We love blueberries.  And though we are all on sugar-free and even fruit-free diets due to candida, blueberries are fairly low in sugar and so this year we decided we just had to go picking.

We live in Michigan, one of the great states to live in if you like blueberries and we even have a large wild raspberry bush in our backyard.  Well, it really is in our neighbor’s yard but it cascades into ours and it’s a house that gets rented out to students and the owner is fine with us claiming the berries as our own.

We are all too happy to oblige :-).

Over the past 5 years or so we have made it a tradition to go to a U-pick farm and pick too many a lot of blueberries.  And sometimes raspberries, but they don’t transport as well.

There is a great organic blueberry farm that has the most delectable berries, but this year, the crazy weather made it so that they weren’t offering the U-pick option.  So we had to go to our old standby–a farm that isn’t organic but at least doesn’t spray.

In years past, this farm had recordings of birds to scare other birds away, but this year, as we were driving up to the farm, we saw two huge birds fly away.  I suspect that they were falcons, seeing as this seems to be a new technique that berry farmers use to scare smaller birds away from their crops.  Interesting, huh?

Anyway, we had limited time this year due to a ton of rain and a busy schedule, but in 1.5 hours of picking time, we managed to pick about 17 pounds of berries.  (And we ate a few as well :-).)

So–now it’s time to do something with ‘dem berries.  And though I’d love the thought of dehydrating them in my faithful preservation companion, the Excalibur Dehydrator (click here for the best savings on an Excalibur), I didn’t have great luck with dehydrating cranberries, and really prefer how nicely berries freeze.

That is, if you freeze berries the right way.

Put them all in a bag and freeze them and you might end up with a big chunk of berry mush that you’ll need a jack hammer to break apart.

Here’s how to freeze berries and how to store berries once they are frozen.

 

How to Freeze Blueberries

1.  Wash blueberries and drain.

2.  Dry berries gently with a towel (not necessary, but makes the blueberries completely ice free).

2.  Place blueberries in a single layer on a cookie sheet or jelly roll pan.

Freeze Berries

3.  Place in freezer until frozen, about 7 hours, or overnight.

4.  Transfer berries to a sturdy plastic bag.  Squeeze most of the air out and store in freezer.  Those Twixit Clips that you see on the bag below are one of my most favorite kitchen tools.  I use them for all my plastic bag storage needs.

5.  Frozen berries are best used within 6 months, but we’ve eaten some out of our deep freeze after a lot longer time than that!  (Freezer tip: If you store food that you won’t be using for a long time in a manual defrost freezer, they will last longer.  More on that in another post sometime :-).)

6.  Enjoy!

 How to use frozen blueberries (and other berries):

Just couldn’t resist adding this photo.  Now you can see why we went blueberry picking.  Just couldn’t say “no” and miss seeing that smile!

More Ways to Preserve Your Garden, U-Pick, or CSA Harvest:

Have you ever frozen blueberries?  What’s your favorite way to eat them?

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  1. Jennifer says:

    Which organic/no-spray U-Pick farms are you referring to!? I am also in Michigan and haven’t been able to find one (although I do recall finding an organic farm that didn’t offer U-pick last year.. lol probably the same one you’re talking about…) Fresh Michigan blueberries are the best! :-)

    • Post Farms is apparently no spray. Looks like the organic blueberry farm we used to go to is closed now. Very sad. Probably the same one you were looking at – Irvine.

  2. I’ve never tried freezing blueberries, and I’m so glad such a clear and concise tutorial to freeze them is available. I LOVE blueberries and like to have them ready for fall and winter pies and pancakes. I’m on my way downstairs to get the freezing process started. Thank you! I’ve got to check out those Twixits. I’m tired of chasing down clothespins!!!