How can I freeze blueberries?

Freezing fresh blueberries is as simple as the delicious little berries themselves. Just bring them home and pop them into the freezer! You can even use the plastic clamshell container you purchased them in. Ideally, freeze your blueberries as they are and wait to rinse them when you take them out of the freezer.

Do I need to wash blueberries before freezing?

Don’t wash the blueberries before freezing them. Yes, it sounds counterintuitive, but there’s a good reason for this. Blueberries have a natural waxy coating on their skins called the bloom. The bloom protects the blueberries from pests or bacteria, and it also helps them stay nice and juicy.

Can I freeze blueberries in ziplock bag?

The best way to freeze blueberries is in freezing ziplock bags. I had 20 pounds of blueberries from the local farm this season and freezing is a great way to preserve the crop.

How do you prepare blueberries to be frozen?


  1. Wash the berries in a colander under running water.*
  2. Place them in a single layer on a baking tray and let air dry. …
  3. Once they dry, place the baking tray in the freezer for a couple of hours till the blueberries are frozen.**
  4. Transfer them into a freezer bag and return to the freezer.

How do you defrost blueberries without getting them mushy?

Prevent a mushy mess by freezing berries on a baking sheet in a single layer first. The exposure to the cold freezes them quickly. This prevents the formation of large ice crystals, which destroys cell walls and makes berries lose their structure and become soft when they thaw.

What can I do with lots of blueberries?

When you’ve exhausted your blueberry repertoire, try these 11 ways to use this gently sweet fruit.

  1. Cocktails. Muddle the summer fruit in a gin-based pomegranate cocktail, a refreshing limeade or a simple bourbon old-fashioned.
  2. Infused booze. …
  3. Syrup. …
  4. Healthy PB&J. …
  5. Salads. …
  6. Barbecue sauce. …
  7. Frozen Yogurt. …
  8. Shortcakes.

How long do fresh blueberries last in the freezer?

about six months

You can leave blueberries at room temperature if you plan to eat them in the next day or so, but after that you should transfer them to the fridge—they can stay there for five to 10 days. Of course, you can freeze them if you want to keep them longer than that. Frozen blueberries will last about six months.

Does freezing blueberries destroy it antioxidants?

Blueberries are commercialised in different ways, mainly as fresh or frozen products. Freezing and drying are two possible methods to preserve blueberries but the severity of both processes might destroy anthocyanins or their antioxidant effects.

How do you freeze blueberries for snacks?


  1. Place the blueberries onto a rimmed baking sheet. Freeze until solid. Transfer to a Ziploc bag or container.
  2. Alternatively, you can just throw the berries into a container and freeze right away (this is what I do). They don’t stick!