Tips for Freezing Blueberries Perfectly
Learn all the tips you need for freezing blueberries.
Blueberry season has started with the beginning of Florida’s blueberry harvest. Fresh, succulent blueberries are ripening on the bushes of Florida’s U-Pick blueberry farms and hitting the grocery store shelves. It’s a flurry of blueberry baking, cooking and snacking, but it can be over all too soon. The solution? Freezing blueberries, of course! Try our tips below for freezing blueberries to extend the season and enjoy blueberries year-round.
The Florida blueberry season typically lasts into April; it could last a little longer depending upon the weather and the season, but it won’t last forever. States like Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina typically start their blueberry seasons around April, but a cold snap a few weeks ago destroyed a lot of those state’s 2017 blueberry harvests.
Since you can’t rely on local blueberries for the entire summer—and definitely not through the rest of the year—it’s a good idea to get into the habit of freezing blueberries any time you pick blueberries or buy more blueberries than you can eat or use.
Tips for Freezing Blueberries
When you take your blueberries out of the freezer for blueberry muffins or blueberry pancakes in, say, November, you’re going to want them to be as close to fresh as possible. If you want tasty, juicy berries, follow the below steps for freezing blueberries.
- Don't wash blueberries prior to freezing. Blueberries have a silvery sheen that is a natural protection. You should only wash blueberries right before you're about to use them.
- Remove all stems, leaves, and spoiled or broken berries.
- If you absolutely must wash your blueberries prior to freezing, make sure they are completely dry before freezing by patting with paper towels. If you’re concerned about pesticides, buy organic.
- Place in resealable freezer bags—either loose or in their originals packaging—squeeze out as much air as possible, and place in the freezer. Some prefer to freeze blueberries on a cookie sheet in a single layer, and then place them in resealable freezer bags.
- You can take out the necessary amount of blueberries needed and reseal the rest whenever you want, though it is recommended to use frozen blueberries within six months.
Freezing blueberries lets you enjoy them all year round, ensuring that you have the tasty, healthy berries whenever you like. Your frozen blueberries will be softer and less plump than fresh, but they should still taste wonderful if you’ve kept water out of them.
Blueberries that have been frozen are perfect for baking muffins and pies, cooking in a variety of dishes, making jams and jellies, and enjoying in smoothies and other beverages. Find recipes from the Blueberries from Florida recipe pages and the Blueberries from Florida Pinterest boards.