Vegetables and Fruit forum: freezing blueberries

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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
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flaflwrgrl
Jun 19, 2013 11:16 AM CST
I just picked a whole bunch of blueberries & can't remember if you wash them first & then freeze them or freeze them first & then wash them as you use them. Help me out please?
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Name: Deb
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Bonehead
Jun 19, 2013 11:46 AM CST
I do a gentle dip for berries before freezing to get rid of bugs or fuzzies, drain thoroughly, then freeze in single layer on parchment paper before storing in ziplock baggies. For fuzzier berries like rasp/blackberries, I dip a couple times in changes of water.
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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
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flaflwrgrl
Jun 19, 2013 12:42 PM CST
Thanks Deb! Green Grin! Thumbs up
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Name: Cheryl
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ShadyGreenThumb
Jun 19, 2013 6:40 PM CST
Our Blueberry Farm says don't wash them, in fact freeze them as dry as you can get them. Keeps for 2 years.
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Newyorkrita
Jun 19, 2013 6:43 PM CST
I have never frozen blueberries. But they sure would be nice to have in the winter.
Name: Cheryl
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ShadyGreenThumb
Jun 19, 2013 6:48 PM CST
If you freeze them as Deb says, in layers on parchment, they will be loose in the container so you can use and defrost only as much as you need.
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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
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flaflwrgrl
Jun 19, 2013 6:54 PM CST
Thanks Cheryl. They are in the freezer as we speak. I didn't wash them, just put them in a colander & sifted through to get any stems & such off & dumped them in a gal. ziplock & stuck them in the freezer.
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Name: Dave Whitinger
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dave
Jun 19, 2013 7:10 PM CST

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We lightly wash them and then spread them out on a flour sack cloth towel to dry. Once dry we put them on cookie sheets in a single layer deep and freeze like that. Once they are frozen we pour them into a clean pillow case which is stashed in the bottom of the freezer. Then whenever we want blueberries, we open the pillow case and scoop out however many we want. Works perfectly!
Name: Deb
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Bonehead
Jun 19, 2013 7:14 PM CST
Good idea with the pillowcase! Hadn't thought about that. I also find if the berries do end up clumping together, a good whack on the edge of the counter will usually separate them.
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Name: Rita
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Newyorkrita
Jun 19, 2013 7:38 PM CST
I often have to whack my frozen veggies to get them separated. Nothing to it. Smiling
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
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flaflwrgrl
Jun 19, 2013 7:51 PM CST
I use the big knife sharpener thingy to whack things with. What are those things called anyway? I'm having a brain freeze. Hilarious! Hilarious!
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Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Newyorkrita
Jun 19, 2013 8:10 PM CST
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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
Jun 19, 2013 8:15 PM CST
Googled it. It's called a sharpening steel. Duh. You know, those long steel rods with the handle on them.
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
~~ Sharon Brown ~~



Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Newyorkrita
Jun 19, 2013 8:17 PM CST
No, never heard of them. I must be really old fashioned ! Hilarious! Sad
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
Jun 19, 2013 8:20 PM CST
C'mon Rita, you know these things. They are from "our" day. Not the new fangled electric jobs.

Take a look:
http://www.amazon.com/s/?ie=UTF8&keywords=honing+steels&tag=...
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
~~ Sharon Brown ~~



Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
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Newyorkrita
Jun 19, 2013 8:40 PM CST
My can opener is the manual type. Not sure what I have to do to sharpen knives. I have this soapstone stuff that you just pass the knife over flatways.
Name: Arlene
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abhege
Jun 20, 2013 5:25 AM CST
Whett stone.
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
Jun 20, 2013 7:17 AM CST
The blueberries froze fine & dandy & no blueberry "rocks". I can pull out 5 or 50 without having to break them up. Thumbs up
Life is good. Green Grin!
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
~~ Sharon Brown ~~



Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
Charter ATP Member Seed Starter Tomato Heads I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Vegetable Grower Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge)
Birds Garden Ideas: Master Level Butterflies Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Roses Hummingbirder
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Newyorkrita
Jun 20, 2013 10:19 AM CST
Hurray Anne. Now you can use them as needed.

Arlene, thanks. That is it. I couldn't remember.

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