Monday, September 28, 2015

How to Freeze Blueberries

Blueberries, one of the healthiest
 foods on the planet.
Rich in vitamins and antioxidants.

So why not freeze them when they
 are in season to enjoy year around.
The blueberry season here is 

It is better to wash blueberries after they are frozen,

when you take them out of the freezer to use.
Washing before freezing can make their skins tough.
Before freezing make sure your berries are dry. 
You don't want them to freeze in one large clump.
If mine are wet, I use Scott Towel to dry them.
Pick them over to remove any stems etc.
Spread them in a single layer on a cookie sheet and put in the freezer 3-4 hrs. or overnight.

When they are frozen, remove from tray and put them in 
freezer bags. Vacuum bags are great.
Plastic containers or glass jars are good also.
I use Glad Freezer Bags, Medium,  available at the Dollarstore.
To prevent drying or freezer burn, I put a straw in the bag and suck air out before closing the bag.
Place them back in the freezer to enjoy in the Winter.

Great for pies, jams, pancakes, muffins, cereal toppers, etc.

Wild blueberries are available in my region.
Check out some of my recipes: click on the name.

 and  these fibre filled
 Blueberry-Bran-Molasses Muffins.

Here in Québec, Eastern Canada, wild blueberries are
 harvested on two types of land;
forests and developed blueberry fields.
Forest harvesting is done in areas where logging 
or forest fires have occurred.
As for blueberry fields, they are developed on sites 
where blueberries grow naturally.
Wild Blueberries are sold in most frozen section of 
grocery stores.
We are fortunate to have them growing in our forests
 here in the Gaspé. 

Thanks for your visit xo

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