Here is the ultimate guide on how to freeze and store all the sweet goodness of blueberries. These methods and tricks have worked splendidly for me.
Here is how you can go about it.
- Quick Answer: Can You Freeze Blueberries?
- How to Freeze Blueberries?
- Freezing Blueberries after Flash Freezing
- How to Freeze Blueberry Ice Cubes
- How Long Can You Freeze Blueberries?
- How to Store Frozen Blueberries?
- How to Defrost Blueberries?
- Can You Refreeze Blueberries?
- Do Blueberries Freeze Well?
- Bottom Line
- Ziploc Bag or Freezer-Safe Air-Tight Container
Clean Them: Pick out all the bruised berries and remove the stems left on any of them. You could go ahead and freeze the blueberries without washing them. But if you do, make sure to dry them completely.
Pack and Seal: Transfer the blueberries into a Ziploc bag or a freezer-safe air-tight container. You could portion them into single-serving measures if you like. Then seal the container or bag, making sure to remove all the excess air.
Label and Freeze: Add a label with the best-before date and you are all set to freeze the blueberries.
Here is a quick tutorial by “Rambling Rose Farmhouse” on YouTube -
Freezing Blueberries after Flash Freezing
If you want to avoid the blueberries from being clumped together and don’t want to bother portioning them beforehand, you can take the extra step of flash freezing them before long-term freezing.
Clean and Lay Out
Remove the stems off the blueberries and get rid of the bruised berries. If you plan to wash them beforehand, pat-dry them thoroughly. Then lay them out evenly on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Leave the tray of blueberries in the freezer for a couple of hours or even overnight, till they are frozen solid.
Pack and Seal
Pack the frozen blueberries into a Ziploc bag or a freezer-safe air-tight container and seal them. Make sure to remove all the excess air before sealing the Ziploc bag.
Label and Freeze
Add a label with the best-before date and you can freeze the blueberries till you need them next.
Check out this tutorial by “Blueberries WA” on YouTube to see how it’s done –
How to Freeze Blueberry Ice Cubes
If you are looking to freeze blueberry flavored ice cubes to add some punch to your drink, you could try this frozen blueberry ice cube trick.
Fill the Tray
Add the blueberries into the ice-cube tray and then top it off with lemon juice or a flavored drink or juice of your choice.
Leave the tray in the freezer for a couple of hours or overnight, till the flavored cubes freeze solid.
Pack and Seal
Transfer the frozen cubes of blueberries into a Ziploc bag and seal them after squeezing out all the excess air.
Label and Freeze
Once you add a label on it with the best before date, you can leave them in the freezer till you need them for a fancy drink.
Here is a video by “Bunny DIY” on YouTube to help you make these delicious ice cubes –
How Long Can You Freeze Blueberries?
You can freeze blueberries for 10 to 12 months. If done right you could freeze it for much longer than a year. The key is to make sure that they are kept in air-tight containers and protected from freezer burns.
Though you can freeze the blueberries for long, it is best recommended to use them up within 6 to 10 months to make the most of their nutritional and antioxidant value.
How to Store Frozen Blueberries?
You can store frozen blueberries in any freezer-safe air-tight container or Ziploc bag. If you have flash-frozen them beforehand, you can put all your blueberries in one big bag or container and take out just the amount you need.
If you are pressed for freezer space a Ziploc bag would be the best option. A freezer-safe container may take up too much space while the Ziploc bag, when laid down flat, can be stored compactly.
How to Defrost Blueberries?
You can eat the blueberries straight out of the freezer, or add them directly to your smoothies or recipe. But if you plan to defrost them, the best way is to place them in a bowl of lukewarm water. The blueberries should thaw quite quickly with this method.
If you thaw the blueberries, make sure to drain any liquid that collects once it defrosts. You could pat-dry the blueberries and then use them in your recipes.
Can You Refreeze Blueberries?
Though you can refreeze the blueberries, it is best recommended not to. They can lose the water and become mushy if they are repeatedly frozen, making them unappealing.
Also, it will lose its texture and flavor once it thaws.If you want to avoid refreezing the blueberries, you can portion them beforehand into single-serving measures.
Or you can flash freeze them and take out just the quantity you need, rather than defrosting a big batch for just a handful.
Do Blueberries Freeze Well?
Yes, blueberries freeze well and it is a great way to preserve them for a long. They can be great snacks that you can have right out of the freezer. Or you could add them to your smoothies, baked goods, or even jams.
The nutritional value and antioxidant quality of the blueberries stay intact for quite long. So, if you find yourself with a surplus harvest or a great deal at the market, freezing them is a great option.
Yes, you can freeze blueberries without washing them. In fact, it is better to do so. This way will not wash away the natural protective coat of the blueberries and it will last in the freezer for much longer.
Once you take them out of the freezer, rinsing them is a great way to thaw the blueberries.
I hope this article helped you freeze and store blueberries for long.
If you have any queries or would like to share some freezing hacks or tips of your own, it would be lovely to hear from you.
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