How to Choose and Store Fresh Blueberries!

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How to Choose and Store Fresh blueberries

How to Choose and Store Fresh blueberries

We have fresh blueberries coming out or our ears! (Not really, but you get the picture) July is peak blueberry season in PA and we are overloaded with blueberries. We have 2 blueberry bushes of our own and a good friend of ours has 80 bushes, so we do a lot of picking, storing and eating blueberries!

Blueberries are generally eaten raw. Add blueberries to your favorite salad, yogurt or smoothie recipe. Blueberries are perfect additions to muffins, pancakes, pies, cakes and breads. They go great with vanilla ice cream, too!

Here are a few tips to make sure you get the best of the blueberry crop.

  • Pick blueberries in the early hours of the day or later in the evening to avoid the blazing heat.
  • Blueberries should be a deep rich purple color (almost black) when harvested. 
  • Blueberries should be firm and plump.
  • Look for blueberries that are generally the same size and color when you pick them.
  • Try to avoid blueberries with damaged skin or leakage.
  • Store your blueberries unwashed and covered in the refrigerator and they should last 6 to 7 days.

I personally store most of my fruit in the the Tupperware FridgeSmart Containers. All of our raw fruits and vegetables stay fresh and last longer than normal in them. Each container has a lock system and the chart on the side of the container tells you the best way to store each kind of fruit or vegetable. You wouldn’t believe how much longer your fruits and veggies will keep in the refrigerator with the FridgeSmart Containers. I wasn’t even sure if Tupperware still handled this product, but I did see a few on Amazon. I have had my containers for many years and use them habitually. 

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Since we harvest a large amount of blueberries in a short time frame, most of our blueberries end up flash frozen in the freezer. We rinse the berries and spread them on a cookie sheet and put in freezer until frozen. Transfer to a container or freezer bag to store. Eat them as a snack or add to your favorite recipe. Most of ours end up in smoothies. It’s too darn hot to bake! This works great with most raw fruits. Grapes are especially yummy frozen. Frozen grapes are a refreshing treat on a hot day. 

What kind of blueberry recipes do you and your family enjoy?  

Michele is a married mom of 3 adult children. She is currently enjoying spending time with her husband in the empty nest. Michele can be found working on a healthy lifestyle, camping or having some frugal fun. Not necessarily in that order!

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14 Comments

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    Kristy as Giftie Etcetera
    July 14, 2015 at 9:29 pm

    I am so boring. I like blueberries for pancakes and muffin. But I LOVE them, so that’s something. 🙂

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    Jessica
    July 15, 2015 at 12:07 am

    This is very helpful! I was just doing some research about how to can blueberries, so knowing which ones to pick will be so helpful!

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    Laurie
    July 15, 2015 at 1:17 pm

    I had never heard of flash frozen – good to know. Thank you for sharing your tips!
    Hope we will see you next week at Brag About It!
    ~Laurie

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    Beth
    July 17, 2015 at 5:52 pm

    I did not know this!

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    Kristen from The Road to Domestication
    July 21, 2015 at 8:34 am

    We have friends who have a field of blueberries, so we always have them on hand! SO yummy! Thanks so much for taking the time to link up with us at the #HomeMattersParty – we hope to see you again on Friday!

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    Sandra Garth
    August 31, 2016 at 2:58 pm

    The batch of blueberries I got from the Farmers Market did not go to waste. I prepped them right away and froze them!

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    Audrey
    August 31, 2016 at 10:11 pm

    Nothing says summer like fresh berries. Thanks for sharing on #TastyTuesdays

  • Reply
    Michelle
    September 1, 2016 at 12:00 am

    Great tips!
    Thanks
    Michelle

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    Jessica
    September 1, 2016 at 10:06 am

    Love blueberries!! Thanks for sharing at our Tips & Tricks Link Party!

    Jessica
    My Life by Jess

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    Janet Vinyard
    September 1, 2016 at 10:36 pm

    Hi Michele, Love blueberries! I love them in smoothies, pancakes and muffins! Thanks for the info! Blessings, Janet

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    JoDitt
    September 3, 2016 at 12:47 pm

    How blessed you are to have access to fresh blueberries! I have to buy mine from the store and they are not cheap. But I really like them and they are so healthy for you. I like them with greek yogurt, in smoothies, and in my oatmeal.

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    Stephanie of Stephlin's Mountain
    September 4, 2016 at 9:09 am

    Good tips! I, not that long ago, made some blueberry & chocolate chip drop biscuits. Delicious! (Visiting from Happiness is Homemade.)

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    Christine
    September 7, 2016 at 3:07 pm

    I’ve been thinking on planting a blueberry bush. Maybe I should just move closer…LOL Sounds like you and your friend could use some free labor in exchange for some yummy berries!

    Thanks for joining the DI & DI Link Party, we loved having you!

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    Erlene A
    September 11, 2016 at 8:37 pm

    I love the Tupperware Fridgesmart containers. I have a few myself and can’t believe how well they keep fruits & veggies. Our blueberry season is over, but we did freeze some and these re great tips.

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