How To Freeze Blueberries?

Like other berries, Blueberries are summer treats that are highly nutritious, healthy and flavourful. These delicious berries grow mainly in the United States, Poland, Canada, Germany, etc. 

They are blue because of a plant compound called anthocyanin present in them. They are highly beneficial for the body because they contain deposits of vitamin C, vitamin B6, fibres, manganese and vitamin K. 

These berries grow only in the summer season; however, you can use them the whole year by freezing. Though most people asked; How to freeze blueberries accurately? 

Well, the answer is quite simple. For freezing the blueberries, pick the best berries that are soft and juicy. Next, place the blueberries on a baking sheet in one layer and freeze. 

If you want to wash the berries before freezing, make sure you will dry them thoroughly before putting them in the container. If the berries are not dried well, ice crystals will form outside the container and affect the flavour & texture of the berries. 

In this article, I have covered some questions about how to freeze blueberries? What do blueberries taste like? What are the best containers for storing the blueberries?

Moreover, I have shared some information about the health benefits of eating blueberries and recipes that you can prepare. 

What are blueberries? 

Blueberries are delicious fruits grown every summer season on perennial flowering plants. These berries belong to the group Planococcus which is within genius vicinium. 

Blueberries are a stress-free and healthy fruit that provide the body with essential nutrients required for growth. In addition, these berries boost immunity and reduce the risks of diabetes & heart diseases. 

What do blueberries taste like? 

Blueberries are seasonal fruits with a sweet taste with a mild acidic hint. However, this fruit is never overly sweet, and when unripe, they taste a bit sour. 

The blueberries that have lost their moisture because of environmental changes taste bitter or tarty. 

How to freeze blueberries? 

Undoubtedly, blueberries are delectable fruits that grow in summers and people who are fond of eating these berries search for different ways to preserve them and then prepare some yummy recipes in winter. 

The best way to preserve the blueberries for long term use is freezing. For freezing the berries properly, follow the step written below; 

Step 1

First of all, pick the good berries and then rinse them gently under cold water. The rinsing will remove any dust or germs present on the berries. 

Step 2

After washing the blueberries thoroughly, put them into a stainer and stain as much water as possible. Now take a paper towel and pat the berries to dry. 

Step 3 

Place the dry berries on a baking sheet in one layer and freeze them for one or two hours until they turn solid. 

Step 4 

Lastly, put all the berries into a container or freezer bag and freeze them as long as possible. Before placing the container into the freezer, label it with the date and time.

Keep in mind that ice crystals will form outside the container if you freeze the berries that are not fully dry, which may deteriorate the berries’ taste. 

How to freeze fresh blueberries without them getting mushy? 

To freeze the fresh berries without them getting mushy, all you have to do is pick up the best berries that are soft and greenish. 

Place all the berries in one layer because freezing them in a sequence can prevent them from sticking together. 

How do thaw blueberries?

To thaw frozen blueberries;

  • Remove the freezer bag of blueberries from the freezer.
  • Shake the frozen blueberries in the bag gently. 
  • Take a paper towel and place it in a dish.
  • Pour all the berries in a layer on the paper towel.
  • Leave the berries on the counter for half an hour. 

Note: You can use the frozen berries directly in smoothies, ice creams, and muffins. 

Should blueberries be washed before freezing?

According to experts, Do not wash the blueberries before freezing because washing will rinse off the bloom’s sticky coating. As a result, they bloom naturally and protect the blueberries from harmful bacteria and insects. 

If you have bought the berries from the market and don’t feel comfortable using them without washing, rinse the berries under cold water. Place them on the paper towel and let them dry. After drying, put the blueberries into a container or freezer bag. 

If the berries are not dried well, they will form ice crystals outside the container that can affect the flavour of the berries. 

What are the best containers that you should use for freezing?

The airtight container and freezer bags are best for freezing the blueberries because they reduce the exposure to freezing air and prevent the risks of freezer burn. 

Moreover, when you freeze blueberries in airtight containers, they will remain fresh for a long time, so you can use them for making delicious recipes. 

How should I defrost the frozen blueberries?

Empty the freezer bag containing berries into a bowl to defrost the blueberries and rinse them immediately. 

If you want to prepare a berry smoothie, pie or pancake, let the blueberries sit on the counter for a few hours at room temperature, then use these soft berries in your recipe. 

How long do blueberries last?

Unsurprisingly fresh blueberries can stay perfect in the refrigerator for almost ten days. If these berries are correctly stored in the freezer, they can even last for 10 to 12 months or more. 

Most people store these berries in airtight glass containers and freezer bags after rinsing to enhance the period of storage. 

How to use frozen blueberries?

Well, that’s an interesting question because blueberries can be used for making different yummy recipes. For instance, these frozen berries are used for preparing cocktails, cakes, cookies, smoothies and syrups. 

Moreover, you can use frozen blueberries in frozen yoghurt, salads, pancakes, pies, and making tarts. 

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I prepare the blueberry cake?

For preparing a blueberry cake, you need ingredients like fresh blueberries, cinnamon, baking powder, lemon juice, flour, powdered sugar, butter, eggs and vanilla extract. 

  • First of all, preheat the oven to 350 Fahrenheit.
  • Take 8 or 9 inches round pan.
  • Butter & dust it with flour, and line the bottom of the pan with parchment paper. 
  • Take a bowl and put baking powder, cinnamon & salt in it. Whisk the mixture vigorously. 
  • Take a mixer and beat the butter for 2 minutes at medium-high speed
  • Add sugar to the mixture until it turns light and fluffy. Stir it with vanilla extract. 
  • Add eggs one at a time and beat the mixture for a few minutes more.
  • Reduce the speed of the mixer and add flour in it slowly & beat until it turns smooth. 
  • Pour the batter into the round cake pan. 
  • Take some flour, lemon juice and blueberries in a bowl and prepare a mixture.
  • Pour this mixture over the batter and put it in the oven. 
  • Bake the cake for 40 to 45 minutes. 

When the baking is done, let the cake cool down at room temperature for 10 minutes or more than clear the sides of the cake with a knife carefully. Place the cake on a tray or platter and use powdered sugar for dusting. 

What are the health benefits of blueberries?

The health benefits of eating blueberries are as follows;

1: Maintain the healthy bones

Blueberries contain deposits of vitamin B6, vitamin K, vitamin C, iron, phosphorus, calcium, magnesium and zinc. These essential minerals and vitamins make the bones healthy and prevent bone fractures. 

2: Skin health

Collagen is an essential protein that protects the skin and is supported by vitamin C production in the body. Collagen protects the sensitive layer of skin from harmful sun rays and pollution. A cup of blueberries provides the body with 24% of recommended vitamin C, which improves collagen ability. 

3: Lowering the blood pressure

Maintaining sodium in the body is essential for lowering blood pressure, and intake of blueberries is best for maintaining blood pressure because they are sodium-free. 

4: Prevent the heart diseases

Blueberries have a high content of fibres which helps in reducing the cholesterol level in the body. A low cholesterol level prevents the risk of heart diseases. 

What goes well with blueberries?

Several other fruits that go well with the blueberries are as follows;

  1. Mango
  2. Banana
  3. Apricot
  4. Papaya 
  5. Peach 
  6. Orange
  7. Coconut

Are frozen blueberries good for you?

Yes, frozen blueberries are good for health because they contain all essential minerals and vitamins that ensure the healthy growth of the body. Moreover, these berries have high fibre content, improving digestion and preventing heart diseases. 

To sum up 

Blueberries — a delicious fruit full of nutrients & minerals and best for satisfying the cravings the whole year. People who love to eat blueberries store them in the freezer for future use. 

To freeze the berries properly, rinse them gently, place them in one layer on a baking sheet, pat them with a paper towel, and freeze them in airtight containers by labelling the date. 

You can use these berries to make several dishes like crisps, pancakes, pies, cakes and tarts, and also make berry smoothies. 

Moreover, these berries are best for the skin, improve digestion, maintain blood pressure, and prevent deadly diseases. 

About Carissa Taylor

Carissa is the founder and creator of the Gliving. With an emphasis on healthy eating and living, Carissa's recipes and food photography have been featured in various publications including the Food Network Blog, Huffington Post, TODAY Food, and more.