Friday, July 30, 2010

Freezing Blueberries

It sounds like most people are interested in gardening, cooking, and preserving techniques, so here is a quick and easy one.  After blueberry picking I had a lot of extra blueberries that I wanted to freeze.

If you put them into a bag and directly into the freezer then they all stick together into a big lump.  The trick to getting them separate is to freeze them individually.  Not one at a time, but spread out on a plate or cookie tray so that they are not touching each other.

Then a few hours later once they are frozen you can put them into a bag or freezer safe container.  My sister put hers into a clean used yogurt container (the 32 ounce size with a resealable lid) which was a good way to reuse an existing container before recycling it!  I put mine into a glass Pyrex container.  I am not affiliated with Pyrex in any way, but I love their glass containers.  They can go in the oven, the fridge, the microwave, and the freezer.  The containers are dishwasher safe, and they each come with a tight fitting plastic lid.  I love their versatility and the fact that the containers are not plastic.  If you have not read about plastics leaching chemicals into hot or cold foods and liquids you should.  It is pretty scary some of the effects it can have on you and your family.  Here is a list of which plastics are good and bad. 

Now you can reach into your freezer anytime and get however many berries you want!

- Laura

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