One of my favorite memories from growing up was going out to the local farm with my mom and picking fresh blueberries. We got to spend quality time together and came home with a delicious treat. Sounds like a recipe for wellness to me! I still try and go a few times each year during picking season because I love the relaxing and fulfilling experience of harvesting my own food. Even better, picking your own blueberries is MUCH cheaper than buying them in the store and you get to choose only the biggest juiciest ones if you want.
This past weekend I got together with my mom like old times and we went blueberry picking. We spent a relaxing afternoon in the sunshine nourishing our spirits and I happily came home with several quarts of berries. While they get eaten pretty quickly in my house, I purposefully try and pick more than we can eat so that I can freeze some. Planning ahead is a key Wellness Warrior trait! They will last up to a year in the freezer, so why wouldn’t you freeze some?! Frozen blueberries are perfect for adding to your energizing green smoothies or you can thaw them and use them in muffins, pancakes, oatmeal and more throughout the year!
There are a few tricks to freezing your blueberries, but the process is very simple.
There is some controversy about whether or not to wash your blueberries before freezing them. Some say that washing them first will result in a tougher skin later. If you’re using the blueberries in cooking, or in a smoothie, this isn’t a problem since they will be cooked or blended later on. But if you plan to defrost them and use them whole, the consensus is to wash them later.
If you are washing them (I choose to wash mine), dry them completely before moving on to the next step.
Place the blueberries on a rimmed baking sheet in a single layer. Freeze them like this for about 2 hours until they are hard. Don’t leave them like this too long because they can start to get freezer burn if left uncovered.
Place the individually frozen berries in a large, freezer safe bag and remove as much air as possible. They will stay good for up to 1 year so you can enjoy them all year long!
What’s your favorite way to eat blueberries? I love them in an ice cold smoothie in the summer or stirred into a big bowl of warm oatmeal in the winter! Leave a comment below and tell me how you like to eat them!