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I wash some of my blueberries, drain, and store them in a freezer bag in the freezer. They are great in recipes, and just to snack on. Refreshing in this hot weather!
By patty60 from TX
I put my fresh from the grocery store blueberries and cherries into separate Freshvac containers from Target. These containers have little dials on the top with the calendar number date as reminders. So far, I am more impressed with the keeping qualities for the blueberries, but as cherries may be more delicate, this could be the reason. I have had the cherries for a week now (internet articles say they last about 3 days in the fridge) and they are starting to look very not so pretty, whereas the blueberries (also supposed to last 3 days in the fridge) look as fresh as the day I bought them.
Based on someone's suggestion, I placed strips of paper towel on the top of the berries to absorb excess moisture and I replace the towels daily as required. This has made all the difference in the keeping qualities for both types fruit as condensation builds up on the lid underside.
I have also noticed that the Freshvac seals, once they have been properly burped and concaved, need a second burping so they don't pop back up in a couple of hours. The containers are burped by locking down the handles, lifting and then lowering the tab and pressing hard with finger on center of the lid several times. I don't know if these food storage containers functioned so well because I had the presence of mind to use paper towels to absorb moisture, or because they just are better than other commonly available airtight storage systems.
Originally, I had Tupperwares all over the place, barely stacked, frequently tumbling and lids not co-operating. Switched long ago to plastic nesting storage by another company which shattered when dropped on the floor. And so on. It's been an uphill battle for neatness and nesting ability. These Freshvacs fit inside each other when using different sizes, which is a great help. I am hoping I still have my Tupperware collection and will test with the paper towel on the top method to see if the fresh highly perishable fruit will last as long.
By Holly from Richardson, TX
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I was wondering if anyone knew how to put up blueberries either in the freezer or by canning where the skins of the berries will not get tough? I have canned the berries. I have put them in the freezer without washing in ziplock bags, but the skins get tough. The berries in the blueberry pie filling you buy are tender. Maybe it is the type of berries they are? If anyone has any ideas - Please Help! Thanks in advance.
I freeze them flat on a cookie sheet not touching then when they are frozen I transfer them to zip loc bags.
I have had this problem before, but then I bought a Food Saver and the skin of the berries did not get tough. I always had to toss bags of blueberries due to tough skins, but since using the Food Saver... works great....
Q. What is the best way to freeze blueberries. Also, once they have been frozen, if you cook with them, do you defrost them first? Do you wash blueberries, before you freeze them?
A. If you grew them, know they have not been doused with pesticides, and are unconcerned about what has been climbing around on them, you don't need to wash them. Otherwise, do wash them, gently, and do it before you freeze them. Thawed berries tend to weep and are very fragile, and you wouldn't want to wash away their flavor when you scour the pesticides off them.
The best way to freeze blueberries is in a single layer on a baking sheet. Dry them as well as you can first without bruising them by laying them on a layer of paper towels and covering them with more paper towels. Place them lovingly, and without crowding them, on the baking sheet, pop it in the freezer, and wait. Once frozen, pack the berries into appropriate storage containers and return them to the freezer.
There are certainly some applications where you don't need to thaw the berries before use blueberry muffins, for example, where they will thaw and cook in the muffins. Where they will be used as a topping or garnish, however, it is nice to thaw them first so that you don't wind up biting a crystallized berry.