Hi there! Did you have a nice weekend? We did and enjoyed our little weekend trip!
Today I thought I'd share how to store your fresh blueberries for the winter... this may very well be something you already do or are familiar with, but I didn't realize until last year you could freeze blueberries so I thought I would share (although it's not very exciting)!
Last year we had a couple gallons of blueberries frozen from the summer and it was wonderful grabbing a handful from the freezer to add in muffins, pancakes, cobblers, you name it. When my mother-in-law and father-in-law gave us a container full of fresh blueberries picked from their farm recently I was so happy to have plenty to enjoy and enough remaining to freeze for another time!
Simply spread the blueberries in a large pan to create one layer and place them in the freezer. You can leave them in there for a few hours or overnight... you just want to make sure they are frozen through.
You actually don't even have to rinse your blueberries, but I do beforehand because I like to dump them immediately into my batter without having to worry about rinsing them. Supposedly by rinsing them later they won't be mushy, but I didn't notice a problem this past year.
Once the blueberries are frozen, you can remove the pan and then bag or jar them and place your freezer-safe container back in the freezer. Freezing them initially in a single layer prevents them from freezing together in lumps.
I love fresh blueberries and I'm thankful to have some frozen again this summer to enjoy this winter! One of my favorite things to make during the winter with frozen blueberries is blueberry muffins. (Which reminds me to share the recipe I use with you, because it is simply delicious... the best I have found!)
Have a great week, friends.