FoodHow to freeze blueberries: Expert tips for long-lasting freshness

How to freeze blueberries: Expert tips for long-lasting freshness

Frozen berry fruits
Frozen berry fruits
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19 June 2024 15:26

Blueberries are so delicious and healthy that it's worth preparing a supply for the winter. The easiest way is to freeze them simply. Although this task seems straightforward, mistakes can happen. Here's a tip on how to freeze blueberries so that they remain loose and don't clump together. This way, you can quickly use them in the exact amount you need.

The blueberry season started exceptionally early this year. We can enjoy their taste from the beginning of June. However, it won't last long because the season for fresh blueberries is very short. It lasts up to the end of September.

Natural antibiotic

Blueberries are some of the healthiest fruits. Their benefits are endless. A low glycemic index and plenty of fibre are just the beginning. They also support eyesight, thanks to anthocyanins, which strengthen the capillaries in the eyes and accelerate retinal regeneration. They act as a natural antibiotic, preventing the growth of bacteria and viruses. They speed up digestion, reduce stomach aches, and alleviate nausea. Blueberries prevent diarrhoea and help with constipation—no wonder they've been used in folk medicine for hundreds of years. Our grandmothers used to make syrups and thick sauces from them to have on hand all year round. Now, we tend to freeze them more often.

You have to dry them

Frozen blueberries retain a large portion of their nutritional value. It's best to consume them within 4 months. They work well with porridge, smoothies, and cakes. Before the fruits go into the freezer, you need to rinse them and dry them thoroughly. Paper towels absorb moisture well from them. Blueberries should be dry. Then, you should place them on trays or a tray so that the fruits don’t touch each other. After about an hour, you can transfer the blueberries to special freezer bags. Prepared in this way, they certainly won't clump together.

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