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Q: What is the best way to freeze blueberries?
A: How to freeze blueberries:
- The easiest way to freeze whole blueberries is in the original container – no need to even rinse the fruit. Simply place the container in a resealable plastic freezer bag and store on your freezer shelf. Rinse off before using.
- If you choose to rinse first, make sure the berries are dry before freezing. Transfer to a freezer container or a resealable plastic bag for freezing.
- No need to defrost blueberries before using. They freeze individually so you can remove just the portion you need.
- You can also crush or puree blueberries prior to freezing.
- Be sure to date the bag or container. It is best to use your blueberries within 10 months of freezing.
Suggested Uses of Frozen Berries – toss into oatmeal, yogurt, smoothies, shakes or sauces. Keep in mind that thawed frozen berries will be more delicate than actual fresh berries, so they will start to fall apart quite quickly if tossed around in a fruit salad.
Suggested Uses of Crushed or Pureed Berries – Crushed and pureed blueberries are great to use in sauces, dressings or drinks. Crush or press washed berries through a fine sieve, or purée in a blender or food processor. Mix about 1 cup of sugar with each quart of crushed berries or purée. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Pack into containers, leaving headspace to allow for expansion. Seal and freeze.
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