Blueberries are at their peak during the summer. If you want to take advantage and stock up on the berries while they’re in season, but aren’t comfortable canning, jarring, or making preserves, you should try freezing. Freezing fresh blueberries is a simple alterative that can extend the life of the fruit by several months.
Properly freezing blueberries is easy, but does require a few special steps. To start, wash the blueberries then pat them dry. It’s important that the berries are fully dried before you freeze them; this will prevent unwanted ice crystals from forming on their surface. Once the berries are cleaned and dried, lay them in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet and place the baking sheet in the freezer. Leave the berries overnight so that they can freeze fully.
Once the individually berries have been frozen, you can transfer them to resalable plastic bags or containers before storing them in the freezer.
Kristie Collado is The Daily Meal’s Cook Editor. Follow her on Twitter @KColladoCook.