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Refrigerating Blueberries?

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burntcream Sep 2, 2008 07:30 PM

Is it better to leave them in the plastic box they came in (with the vents)so they can breathe, or are they ok in tupperware? Will they last longer if stored in tupperware? Thanks.

  1. coll Sep 3, 2008 02:24 PM

    I told my local farmer about the glass jar trick and he figures it's the lack of oxygen that makes it work. I keep berries for at least 2 weeks this way, even if they start to get soft they never get any worse (thanks rw orange for the original info!).

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    1. re: coll
      WCchopper Sep 3, 2008 04:52 PM

      Just don't pre-wash!

    2. alkapal Sep 3, 2008 06:15 AM

      i left them in their store package, undisturbed in the lower bin with other veggies. were perfectly fine after several days!

      i'm intrigued by the glass jar trick. i certainly have enough of those jars.

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        burntcream Sep 2, 2008 09:38 PM

        Thanks, those are both great tips. I am excited to try it with raspberries, they mold so quickly I usually end up throwing them away.

        1. greygarious Sep 2, 2008 07:40 PM

          I just baked a cake with the pint of farm-fresh blueberries that I'd bought 10 days earlier and refrigerated in one of those disposable/reusable Ziploc plastic containers. They were still perfect. I have used glass for raspberries since they are so fragile, but lay the jar on its side so there's less weight pressing on the bottom berries.

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          1. re: greygarious
            Gio Sep 3, 2008 06:21 AM

            <" have used glass for raspberries since they are so fragile, but lay the jar on its side so there's less weight pressing on the bottom berries.">

            Yes but - doesn't the side now become the bottom? J/W.

            1. re: Gio
              greygarious Sep 3, 2008 08:12 AM

              Of course - but since your typical jar is taller than it is wide, the bottom berries are under more berries than when the jar is sideways, making the load broader and shallower,

          2. sarah galvin Sep 2, 2008 07:33 PM

            I read an earlier post about storing raspberries and I'm sure it would work for blueberries. Store in a glass jar with lid! Yes, I did it with raspberries and they lasted more than a week.

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            1. re: sarah galvin
              WCchopper Sep 2, 2008 10:07 PM

              I've been doing this with blueberries with almost incredible results.

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