FoodHow to freeze blueberries: Keep them fresh and loose all winter

How to freeze blueberries: Keep them fresh and loose all winter

Frozen berry fruits
Frozen berry fruits
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1:34 PM EDT, June 19, 2024

Blueberries are so delicious and healthy that it's worth preparing a supply for the winter. The easiest way is to freeze them simply. Although this task seems extremely simple, mistakes can happen. Here's a tip on how to freeze blueberries so that they remain loose and don't clump together. This way, you can quickly use them in the exact amount you need.

The blueberry season started exceptionally early this year. We can enjoy their taste from the beginning of June. However, it won't last long because the season for fresh blueberries is very short. It lasts up to the end of September.

Natural antibiotic

Blueberries are some of the healthiest fruits. Their benefits are endless. A low glycemic index and plenty of fiber are just the beginning. They also support eyesight, thanks to anthocyanins, which strengthen the capillaries in the eyes and accelerate retinal regeneration. They act as a natural antibiotic, preventing the growth of bacteria and viruses. They speed up digestion and reduce stomach aches and nausea. Blueberries prevent diarrhea and help with constipation. No wonder they've been used in folk medicine for hundreds of years. Our grandmothers used to make syrups and thick sauces from them to have them on hand all year. Now, we tend to freeze them more often.

You have to dry them

Frozen blueberries retain a large portion of their nutritional value. It's best to consume them within four months. They work well with oatmeal, smoothies, and cakes. Before the fruits go into the freezer, rinse and dry them thoroughly. Paper towels absorb moisture well. Blueberries should be dry. Then, it would help if you placed them on trays or a tray so that the fruits don’t touch each other. After about an hour, you can transfer the blueberries to special freezer bags. Prepared in this way, they certainly won't clump together.

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