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How to Freeze Blueberries

I love blueberries so much. Learning how to freeze blueberries is a great way to preserve summer produce and use them for so many great recipes! 

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Last weekend I froze 20 pounds of blueberries!  I got my berries fresh from Blueberry Acres, a blueberry farm just down the road from where I grew up. 

I got two big boxes from my mom on Friday night. I froze one on Saturday and finished the other one on Monday. You can never have enough blueberries, right?!Steps to freezing blueberries
If you’ve never frozen blueberries before it is really easy process and worth doing for the fresh flavor as compared to store bought frozen blueberries. You keep so much more of the delicious taste when you freeze fresh blueberries! 

How to Freeze Blueberries

Step 1: Wash and Sort

First, wash the blueberries in cold water, sorting out stems and bad (squishy)berries. Turn on a podcast or your favorite playlist and enjoy the relaxing flow of the water as you work. 
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Step 2: Dry

Then set the blueberries on towels to dry and drain fully. You don’t want them wet when you freeze them because they will get icey.
How to freeze blueberries

Step 3: Flash Freeze

Transfer blueberries to cookie sheets and spread in an even layer.  Place cookie sheets of blueberries in freezer. 

Let harden 30 minutes-completely frozen (a couple hours or a couple days depending on how much time you’ve got!).
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Step 4: Transfer to freezer bags

Once frozen, transfer to 1 quart freezer bags.  I filled my bags with 3 cups of blueberries each. Store in freezer for up to a year. 
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The final step is of course to create yummy recipes from your frozen berries! Here are some of my favorite ways to use my frozen blueberries. They are all so incredibly tasty! 

The BEST Blueberry Cobbler — one of the most popular recipes on my blog! 
close up of blueberry cobbler

Blueberry Baked Oatmeal — Love this for an easy, crowd-pleasing breakfast! 

Lemon Blueberry Muffins — A unique twist on the classic blueberry muffins! 

Lemon Blueberry Muffins with granola topping are a delicious and healthy breakfast muffin. Perfect for spring brunch or an easy snack!

 

Also, one of my favorite ways to eat blueberries is about a 1/2 to 3/4 cup of frozen (duh!) berries, sprinkle on a teaspoon or so of sweetener, top with about 1/4 cup of milk.  It becomes a blueberry icy!  So good!  It’s what I had for dessert tonight!

Have you frozen blueberries before? What’s your favorite blueberry recipe? 

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