Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Extending Blueberry Season

This week my local supermarket had a great sale on blueberries: $1.25 per pint. I snapped up the four-pint limit, but I can't use all of them before they go bad. We have two ways to freeze them:

My mother-in-law freezes the berries, unwashed, in their original package. She'll remove a few at a time, wash them, and add them to a bowl of cereal.

What works for me, though, is to wash the blueberries and freeze them in measured portions for recipes. My favorite blueberry recipe is the blueberry buckle that I posted yesterday, and it uses two cups of berries. So I washed the berries, measured out two cups, and froze them that way.

blueberries in bag
Yes, I write the year on the label. If you read about my history of losing things in the freezer, you'd know why I do that!

11 comments :

  1. I freeze berries like that too. Actually, I like to do strawberries and blueberries individually on cookie sheets then pop them in freezer bags. That way they're easier for me to just get out whatever amount I want. I LOVE just going to the freezer and grabbing a few berries for a snack. :)

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  2. @Lori - My freezer doesn't have space for cookie sheets. This time I laid the bags flat, with the berries spread out as much as possible. When they were frozen, I "rearranged" them inside the bag, so they're not all stuck together. I don't know if they'll stay that way, but it's worth a try!

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  3. I do the same thing too. I freeze cranberries too. I have the same history of losing things like that!!

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  4. Blueberries freeze so well! I love them.
    Stopped by from SITS.

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  5. I'm just waiting for blueberries to come in season here where I live. I like to freeze them in 2-cup portions, too.

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  6. I love the idea of freezing them in the portion that you will need for recipes. It will make things go faster when the impulse to bake hits.

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  7. just did that too. I also bought that Giant Blueberry Bush as seen on tv. It says it will produce 2 pints a day, but I got the shipment last week and they were three sticks in dirt. Haha. I'll be sooooo proud if I can actually grow some berries, enough to freeze. Three leaves have sprouted so far. yippeee.

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  8. Good idea! My kids LOVE blueberries and they are so good for you! :)

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  9. What a great price on blueberries - we can't touch that around here! I do the cookie sheet thing too when I freeze mine. I'm happy to have a couple of quarts currently in my freezer!

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  10. I like the idea of freezing them on cookie sheets. I wish I had the space. I do need to stock up on them too.

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  11. Wow that sounds so organized and talk about planning ahead. I dont think like that.* sigh* And if I got as far as putting it in the freezer it would stay there until next January until I discovered it!Stopping by from SITS!

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