HELP.... how to properly freeze blueberries!

@jairgirl (2877)
United States
August 7, 2008 9:36am CST
dear mylotters, i am wondering if anyone out here knows how to properly freeze blueberries, i know i can look it up on the net but i would like to get an answer from those who have tried and tested it in their kitchen. we might go to blue ridge mountain tomorrow to spend 2 days up there and they have a lot of fresh blueberries out there at this time of the year. we are there last year and got a lot of 'em but didnt get a chance to keep them longer so now i am hoping to keep for awhile and enjoy them as i love them so much we will bring a cooler with us and stuff it with ice hoping that would help us to keep the freshness of 'em and go back home as it takes us about 5 hours. anyway, it would be such a great help if you can help me out with this matter. appreciate your response and help. have a good one!
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@loujac3 (1188)
• United States
8 Aug 08
Ahhhhh, blueberries! I always start by rinsing them well and picking out debris like all the leaves. Then, spread them out on a towel to absorb most of the water. Spread the berries out in a jelly roll pan, the cookie sheet with the four sides, that you have first placed saran wrap or waxed paper on. Sometimes you can do several layers this way. A 13"X9" baking dish will work also. Place in the freezer until frozen and then pour into a ziplock bag. I like to do it this way so that it easy to measure out however much I need for baking. Enjoy those berries!
@jairgirl (2877)
• United States
11 Aug 08
hello loujac3, i followed each and everyone's suggestion, i did some few that i wash and a few that i didnt. it is easier for me to have it not rinse and just freeze them directly next time . i placed them in a ziploc and tupperware today coz they are frozen already and i am very happy with the out come. i hope they last awhile THOUGH i doubt it coz i have been munching them. i hope to make a blueberry cheesecake but i have to look for a good recipe first coz i have not done it yet, i have a pre-made one so i might try that one first so i dont have to waste it. you sound like you love to bake - lucky you! i wish i can be one of these days too! thanks for being here. takecare!
@suspenseful (40194)
• Canada
8 Aug 08
I have to buy blueberries, and I get them at the grocers 4 lb at a time. I have to get some pretty soon. What I do is to put them separately on a cookie sheet or tray and freeze them, then when they are frozen, I will put them in ziplock or freezer bags. I find that is the easiest. You have to make sure that they do not stick together. That way you can have them to put on yogurt, make blueberry pie, etc.
@jairgirl (2877)
• United States
11 Aug 08
hello suspenseful, thanks for being here. i did all the suggestions i have found in this discussion, i did open it last sunday just to know what else i can do and i am very happy that all the suggestions works well for me. the blueberries are so awesome and very sweet. it is a mix of different kinds of blueberries so i have different taste of it when i munch them. i have not tried putting a fresh blueberries on my yoghurt or blueberry pie. the only way i eat 'em is by eating them as it is or put them on my cereals. i like the fact that they are very healthy and high in anti-oxidants as well. i need to make sure i am keeping my teenage look LOL hahaha! i will be looking for ways to make blueberry cheesecake coz that is my favorite dessert so hope i can do that this week if not will just try them next week then. anyway, i hope you bought nice plum blueberries at the market. we got at least 2 lbs. of it. it is hard to walk around and not enjoy the scenery as well so we just grab enough amount coz my hubby dont eat 'em. have a good one!
• Canada
8 Aug 08
Not sure, but I'll send this onto my husband, the food genius!!
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@jairgirl (2877)
• United States
8 Aug 08
hello danishcanadian, thanks for asking your hubby then. we will be leaving tomorrow mid-afternoon and may come back saturday evening so if i miss your post tomorrow before we leave i will be checking my page when we arrived so i can get more information on how to properly freeze 'em. appreciate your kind post. have a good night! takecare
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@checapricorn (16047)
• United States
7 Aug 08
Hi jairgirl, I have not tried that...I know you will get more tips here..Just prepare my share, I will be knocking at your door! Enjoy and first couple or blueberries that you will pick up, eat it for me!
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• United States
8 Aug 08
[i]ohh...I am sure I will love that..That is indeed a great adventure..I have tried climbing mountain but no great fruits as that! LOL! ANyway, I know you will have lots of fun and just save my share! I will wait 'til you come back! LOL! Take care![/i]
@jairgirl (2877)
• United States
11 Aug 08
hello che, i like the fact that you like or must i say love nature, that is cool to know. we had a lot of fun up in the mountain and harvested some blueberries and black raspberries - they are so good and yummy haha! my man is so sweet helping me picked 'em, he is the one looking for areas where there are more ripe berries while our dog is happy sniffing around hahaha! i think i have munch half of what we got and then some more on our way to the trail, im bad you know! LOL. how's your weekend? hope it is a fun one as well. takecare!
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@jairgirl (2877)
• United States
8 Aug 08
good evening che, it is fun to go up in the mountain and grab as much as you can and then munch them while you are waiting for the next handful from your hubby who is working so hard to reach each one of 'em haha. we will be getting it up in blue ridge parkway, it is all free and wild blueberries as well so for me they are the best LOL i wish we are neighbors, i wont be surprise to hear my door then unlike here yay! i sure savor each and one of the first batch i will get and think of how much you will want it too just kidding! anyway, we will leave tomorrow mid-afternoon and just stay in a hotel and drive early in the morning in the mountain. depends if he agrees that we just stay in the campground - hmmmm! anyway, thanks for being here. have a great evening! takecare!
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@lilybug (21109)
• United States
7 Aug 08
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 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.
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@lilybug (21109)
• United States
8 Aug 08
I have the problem with my kids when they want to help pick berries that they want to just toss them in the bowl. It makes the juice leak out of them a little when they do.
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@jairgirl (2877)
• United States
8 Aug 08
hello lilybug, thanks for your kind response, i will do your suggestion as well and may combine it with the other suggestion and see how it works haha. im glad i bought two rolls of wax paper and use that as well. i hope i wont bruise them, my worries will be it will be transported from a chiller and that might caused some bruises i will surely try my best not to crowd it up and lay it as good as possible. i have to think if i have to bring a tupperware or ziploc when i place it in the cooler. what do you think? anyway, appreciate your help so much. i am really happy that mylot provide me with helping mind like you and the others as well. takecare and good night!
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@jairgirl (2877)
• United States
11 Aug 08
hello again, we end up bringing 3 bags of ziploc and had 2 of it half full. my hubby helps me pick 'em and it was a huge fun. the cooler helps the transportation a lot, we stayed there almost the whole day and left late in the evening and i am happy that they weren't bruise or anything. i had a great time munching them fresh from the bush haha. anyway, appreciate your response again. have a good one!
• United States
8 Aug 08
That sounds interesting. Going from other comments on bruising and juice leaking before freezing, I guess that explains why the freezer-berries I buy in the store don't look anything like fresh blueberries. :)
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@jairgirl (2877)
• United States
11 Aug 08
hello daddyoftherose, thanks for being here. i honestly dont like buying blueberries in the market be it fresh or frozen coz i dont like the taste of it, it doesnt taste fresh to me that is why i am so looking forward this time of the year coz we can have it free from the mountain. it cost a lot for the trip and the hotel stay but the trip and the fruits is very much worth it. we all have fun. btw, i have followed each and everyone's suggestions and i found out that it is best not to wash them before you freeze them. coz they are very fresh they have this outer layer that seems to protect them from sticking from each other and once they arre frozen they roll like marbles and or m&m's haha! it is really awesome and i am grateful for all the help i have gathered here. hope you learn as well. takecare!
@jairgirl (2877)
• United States
13 Aug 08
oh wow, really? i will try that then. how much blueberry do i have to place in the milk for it to freeze? do i have to make the milk almost in freezing point so it is easy to make it kinda like an ice cream texture? sorry, i am not that good in trying. i hate to try and end up not being the way it is stated so i kinda want to ask some questions and then try it. appreciate it, it sure sounds yummy! takecare
• United States
13 Aug 08
I like to drop frozen blueberries in milk. The blueberries start to freeze the milk (if they aren't swimming in it) and it comes out similar to ice cream if you stir them while the milk freezes.
@deebomb (15308)
• United States
7 Aug 08
When we first started picking blue berries at the pick it yourself blue berry farm the owners told us NOT to wash them before freezing them as it makes them tough. We just put them in the little baggies with the portions we want and stick them in the freezer and wash them just before using. If you don't wash them before freezing then they won't stick together. You might ask the people that own place that yor picking on what they recommend too.
@jairgirl (2877)
• United States
8 Aug 08
hello deebomb. thanks for being here! your suggestions makes sense, i like to wash my grapes before i stick them to the freezer and they do stick to each other and i have to wait for them to get rid of each other before i can have 'em LOL anyway, we will be getting the blueberries (wild ones) FREE coz it is everywhere in blue ridge parkway. that is the main reason we will go up there (yeah i am that nuts to bug my hubby to go there for that as my main reason) coz right now is the peak season of it and i am hoping to bring so much of it at home and freeze it. last time we went there, i eat them all at the car coz we are heading to illinois and i miss the chance to keep them for a long time. i really hope that it wont get much bruises while it is in the cooler, the trip back home will be at least 5 hours so i am hoping that my ways will be good enough to protect them. i will remember not to wash them and just dry 'em up and follow what others have told me as well. i plan to do the 3 since i got 3 wonderful responses (how to freeze them) and labeled them 1-3 so i can see which one works best so next time i have them i know exactly what to do. appreciate your response a lot. great to know i am not the only one who enjoys frozen fruit takecare
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@1grnthmb (2055)
• United States
10 Aug 08
I have not done blueberries, but the way we did our cherries was to seed them, (You are lucky her) and spread them on a small cookie sheet that fits in the freezer and let them set for twenty four hours and then put them in zip lock bags. It took several days to freeze all that we had but it was worth it and they are so good on icecream
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@jairgirl (2877)
• United States
11 Aug 08
hello, the only time i ate fresh cherries was when we are in china. we ride our scooter going to the Great Wall and there are hundreds of cherry and peach seller on the street. they are so tasty and crunchy. it is almost like eating apples i have eaten like 3kg of it and it was fascinating LOL i have seen some at the store here but it is not that tasty so i dont buy them anymore. i hate the taste of preserve one BUT my hubby likes it. it taste likes cough syrup to me and i hate that taste, yay! i saw some cherry tree and small cherry at the mountain but they are so small so i maybe it needs a few more months before you can really harvest them. i should try freezing them like the way you do and maybe that will make me love it, for some reason i like frozen fruits i guess because it becomes more crunchy and the taste seems to get better - i dunno! you should try frozen blueberries too, they are tasty specially the wild ones! yum yum! takecare!
@sylvrrain (659)
• United States
7 Aug 08
What we always did was wash the blueberried in cold water, put in freezer bags and take out as much air as possible. A "seal-a-meal" is nice to have, but I saved my $100 and used a straw. Close the ziploc bag as close to the straw without pinching it, suck the air out, and seal real quick. We have found it works great. We do not add sugar. I guess they keep about 6-8 months, we eat them so they don't last. We have also made blueberry jam which is real easy. Just look at the knox gelatin box for the recipe.
@jairgirl (2877)
• United States
7 Aug 08
OMG! you're an angel i like all your ideas even the vacuum part. we bought a small ziploc vacuum thingy and it works but it bugs my ear whenever i use it so i rarely use that. but i will surely give your suggestion a big try. i am happy to know that they can last that long, that is really awesome as i often have cravings for them and i dont like the one i can buy at the store. i tried it a few times and i am never happy about it that is why i am wanting to learn how to freeze the ones we can get at the mountain. i was telling my hubby that i will look up for the ways to make it as a jam and you gave me a wonderful response - thank you! i honestly dont know what a know brand is as i only know jell-o but i will look that brand when we go to the store and hope i can find it - wish me luck! anyway, appreciate your response way too much! i surely be doing it! have a good one!
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@Carolyn63 (1403)
• United States
7 Aug 08
Sorry sweetie, I can't answer that. See, I love blueberries. They don't make it to the freezer. I can just sit and eat them like most people eat potato chips. One of our customers grows them and brings me some now and again. My husband doesn't like them. However, the same customer also grows muscodines which my hubby loves and I don't like. So, it works out. Hugs, Carolyn
@jairgirl (2877)
• United States
7 Aug 08
hello carolyn, great to see you again. it is nice to know that you like blueberries as well. i love them fresh from the shrubs LOL when we went up to the mountain last year i munch them like crazy coz we are heading to Illinois and the blueberries aint gonna make it. i ate 2 big tub (mcdonald's large drink) on our way there and i am drunk of it haha! i have never tried muscodines but here in NC it is like one of the biggest produce. maybe next time we visit the farmer's market i can have a bowl. my husband dont like most kind of fruits and wont try them as well BUT he helps me to get all the blueberries we can find - it was fun! anyway, that is the reason why we are bringing a cooler with us hoping that it can help the berries make it to our home - keeping my fingers cross! it is great that others have posted some information as well and i will surely try them all haha! btw, i am happy that you love fruits - blueberries is really good for you! thanks for the post as always. takecare
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@Carolyn63 (1403)
• United States
8 Aug 08
Hi sweetie. I wouldn't recommend the muscodimes or the scupperdines. Partly due to the taste but for another reason as well. See, they may look like large grapes, but you don't eat the skin. They look like you are eating snot. Yes, literally. Barry loves to antagonize me by eating them in front of me. I've tried both, and didn't care for the taste. But it is the visual that really bugs me. You never know. You may like them though. Hugs, Carolyn
@jairgirl (2877)
• United States
11 Aug 08
hello carolyn, thanks for the laugh, i can understand the torture behind it LOL my husband likes to do the same when he is eating mint chocolates and ask me to kiss him yuck! i hate the taste yuck yuck yuck! (oooppppsss, i should have ask if you like that before i give my triple yuck! LOL) i love to try stuff and there are times that i smell it for a long time and then give it a bite and if the taste is really horrible then i am ready to spit it as fast as i bite it haha. anyway, i will give a piece a try i only see muscodines here but not the scupperdine so i can only taste the later. i sure let you know (ok i try to remember) once i get a taste of it. takecare!