Preserving Blueberries

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.


Mona from Lumberton, MS

June 11, 20070 found this helpful

I freeze them flat on a cookie sheet not touching then when they are frozen I transfer them to zip loc bags.

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June 11, 20070 found this helpful

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....

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June 12, 20070 found this helpful

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.

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June 13, 20070 found this helpful

On freezing blueberries--First do not wash--second place berries on a cookie sheet and then freeze. When berries are frozen then place in zip lock bags.

Lois from Oak Lawn, IL

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