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Jul 21, 2008 04:23 PM

Best Method for Blueberry Storage?

I had come across a prior post on strawberries in a jar which was a *great* way to store them.

I now have a bunch of blueberries and am wondering if the same treatment is optimal? Cooks Illustrated suggests a wash with mild vinegar then storing in a paper-towel lined container:
"If the berries aren’t to be used immediately, we recommend cleaning the berries with a mild vinegar solution (3 cups water mixed with 1 cup white vinegar), which will destroy the bacteria, before drying them and storing them in a paper-towel lined airtight container." In the picture, they state the lid should be slightly ajar.

Anyone have experience to weigh in on which is better?

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  1. I'm currently experimenting with storing blackberries this way...not sure whether to leave top ajar or not!

    Would definitely appreciate additional advice :)

    1. I got a quart container of organic ones, stuck em in the freezer...whenever I want some I pull it out...they take just moments to defrost.

      1. Hi there, I'm brand new to this site and I actually joined today so I could reply to your question! This is my first post ever! I have personal experience storing "a lot" of fresh blueberries. Several years ago I was on the East coast and picked enough wild blueberries to fill a gym bag. I was flying home the next day. My mom and I packed the chilled unwashed berries in a couple of dozen clean margarine containers. To ensure a tight-fitting lid, we added a folded paper towel under each lid, over the berries, then taped each one shut for security. The containers went into her fridge overnight. The next day they went into the gym bag and I checked the bag at the airport. About 6 hours later, at home, I placed the containers in my fridge. We ate those blueberries for about 10 days, opening and washing only as they were being used. I can honestly say that the last container was as fresh looking and fresh tasting as the day I picked them. I could have frozen them, but chose not to. It was unbelievable. No crushing, bruising, spoilage... nothing. I had to share this with you. Enjoy your blueberries!