It’s blueberry season! At least, down here in the South it is. And for those of you up north, you’ll get there very soon :)
Solution: freeze them.
I use the super, super easy method:
- Put them in a strainer and rinse them off quickly and gently. (There was a sign at the blueberry place that said washing toughens their skins. I just had to rinse them a teeny bit, though…)
- Line a rimmed cookie sheet (or other container) with paper towel to absorb the water. You could also use an old dishrag if you didn’t mind a few blue stains.
- Put berries on the cookie sheet, and pick out any soft ones or stems that you see.
When they’re frozen, remove from cookie sheet and place in ziploc bag.
You know what? It just occurred to me: I think I usually use an old kitchen towel to line the cookie sheet, but today I had to use paper towels (all the dishrags are being washed due a sink overflow from a clogged drain. Yeah. G-R-O-S-S.) I am now crossing my fingers that frozen blueberries won’t stick too badly to the paper towel. Guess I’ll update this post later with the result! :)
Update: The paper towel worked just fine. A few stuck just a little bit, but when they unstuck, there was not paper sticking to the berries. Whew!
Anyway, freezing blueberries is not difficult. And the results are delicious. I need a few more gallons! :)