Friday, July 8, 2011

Freezing Blueberries

When picking blueberries, remember to pick the almost ripe berries as well as the beautiful dark blue ones!  (By this I mean the ones with some green on one side, not ones that are small and totally green.)  Aside from allowing a larger harvest, chances are that you will get more berries and the birds will get fewer, as they seem to go for the ripest.

After gathering your berries, spread them out on cookie sheets for inspection.  Pick out any leaves, stems and imperfect berries.  If you have a good number of nearly ripe berries, let them sit for 24 hours, and they will ripen nicely. 

Now put the cookie sheets full of berries in the freezer overnight to flash freeze them.

Then pack them into one quart plastic freezer bags.  Freezing the berries in this manner will allow you to shake out just the quantity you need and return the remainder of the bag to the freezer.

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