A quick and easy tutorial on How to Freeze Blueberries in 3 simple steps to have blueberries at your fingertips year-round! Perfect for using in your favorite baked goods, smoothies, overnight oats, etc.
Make some room in your freezer because you will be stocking it full of blueberries when you see how easy it is! I ALWAYS have a stash of blueberries in my freezer! It is so easy to stock-up when there are good deals at the grocery stores or farmer’s markets and then store them in the freezer for when you need them. Another plus is that my kids absolutely love them! Whether we are adding them to a smoothie, pancakes, Blueberry Crumb Bars, Blueberry Crisp or they will just ask for a bowl of frozen blueberries on those hot summer days. They are simply the best thing to have on-hand!
What You Will Need
- fresh blueberries – during blueberry season you can usually find a pint of blueberries for super cheap, the perfect time to stock up!
- baking sheet – just needs to be large enough to hold all of the blueberries in a single layer.
- parchment paper – one sheet that covers the bottom of the cookie sheet.
Should I Wash The Blueberries Before Freezing
I like to give my blueberries a quick rinse under cold water and then pat dry with clean paper towels before freezing them so that step is done and I don’t have to worry about it later. If you forget or don’t want to wash them before freezing you can do it later when you take them out to add to your favorite recipe. In my opinion, it is just so much easier to have this step done before freezing and not worry about it later.
How To Freeze Blueberries
The first steps to freezing blueberries is to wash them with cold water and pat dry with clean paper towels. Place the washed blueberries in a single layer on a parchment-lined baking tray.
Put the entire tray of blueberries in the freezer for at least 2 hours or overnight, if possible.
How To Use Frozen Blueberries
They are perfect to add to a variety of breakfast foods, baked goods, smoothies, etc. Here are some of our favorite recipes:
- breakfast – great for adding to pancake batter, waffle batter, healthy baked oatmeal, or some easy pancake bites.
- baked goods – we love using them in blueberry pie, blueberry muffins, & blueberry bread.
- smoothies – a classic blueberry banana smoothie!
- other desserts – they are also perfect for blueberry crumb bars or blueberry crisp.
Place frozen blueberries in a freezer-safe storage bag and store in the freezer. SO EASY!
- Keep blueberries from getting mushy: the best ways to prevent the blueberries from getting too mushy is to make sure they are as dry as possible before going in the freezer to minimize the ice crystals that form. And try to keep them in a single layer with minimal touching.
- How long to freeze blueberries: when stored in an airtight container in the freezer you can keep them for about 10-12 months!
- How to thaw frozen blueberries: place frozen blueberries in a bowl on the counter and let sit for 1 hour or until soft.
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How to Freeze Blueberries
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 0 minutes
- Total Time: 5 minutes
- Yield: 1–2 cups 1x
- Category: How to
- Method: Freezer
- Cuisine: American
How to Freeze Blueberries – a simple tutorial on how to easily freeze blueberries! Perfect for stocking up during the summer when they are less expensive!
- 1–2 cups fresh blueberries
How to Freeze Blueberries:
- Line a baking tray with parchment paper.
- Lay clean, dry blueberries on top of parchment, try not to have them touch too much.
- Place in freezer for a minimum of two hours (overnight works well).
- Remove tray from freezer and scoop up blueberries to transfer them to a freezer-safe storage bag.
- Use in smoothies, pies, etc.
How to Thaw Frozen Blueberries:
- Place frozen blueberries in a bowl and leave on counter for one hour or until soft.
- How many blueberries: Feel free to use as much or as little blueberries as you like.
- What to use them for: these are perfect to use in Blueberry Overnight Oats, Paleo Blueberry Muffin Bread, or a Blueberry Banana Smoothie!
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