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Jan 12, 2009 10:28 AM

freezing fresh blueberries?

With blueberries being on sale i'm affraid I over purchased. Has anyone tried to freeze fresh blueberries for future use. What has been the result and how did you thaw them? Thanks

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  1. They will freeze just fine. I would give them a quick rinse, put them in a plastic bag, and freeze them. If you're going to bake with them, you don't even need to thaw them, just add them frozen into your recipe.

    1. I wash them, lay them in a single layer on a cookie sheet, freeze them, and then freezer bag them.

      As needed, I defrost them in a single layer on paper towels, and they are fine.

      1. Agree with Dolores, the key to freezing them is to put them in a single layer on a cookie sheet first. Otherwise, I've found that I ended up with squished blueberries instead of whole ones! Nothing like messing it up the first time to really learn the lesson.

        1. I have frozen boysenberries with good results. I was cautioned to spread them flat on a cookie sheet and then plastic bag them. One year I was leaving town and just stuck them in the freezer still in the plastic basket. They were fine. Not as good as fresh of course, but very welcome over cereal during winter.

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          1. re: chocolatetartguy

            We used to spend hours picking wild blueberries in the summer. The dogs would keep the bears away.

            The berries would go in a sink full of water to help with picking out the leaves, bugs, etc. Then drained and left to dry. We never spread them out to freeze. Just poured them in an ice cream tub and froze. They never stuck together.

          2. I don't rinse them before I freeze them, I just throw them in, as/is. Then I rinse the in hot water to wash/thaw at the same time.