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Freezing Blueberries

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You can freeze many different fruits very easily. Blueberries, I think, are the easiest. Last weekend we finally had an opportunity to go picking. The crop this year was late because of the weather, but it was a really good one. The berries are large and very flavorful.

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I froze the berries a little different this year after reading how Keeper of the Home freezes her berries.

First I ran cold water over them in a colander and let it sit for a couple minutes to drain the water

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Then I poured them gently onto a kitchen towel (be sure it’s not a nice one, because it will get stained a little)

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I gently rolled them around and removed stems, leaves and any bad berries. Be sure to do this a few times because the berries with stems like to hide.  Then I placed another towel on top to absorb the water. You may want others in the house to know that you have berries under the towels. While I was doing this, two different times, the boys layed dishes on top of the towel. Then I poured them into a quart freezer bag, if you pick up the ends of the towel, being sure to close up one end with your hand, you can pour them straight into the bag.

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We picked about 30 pounds of berries. I froze 8, very full quart size  bags. Baked muffins, a coffee cake and we ate a lot of them.

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 Even though it was hard for me to spend $50 ($1.67/lb) on blueberries, I knew we would enjoy them all winter. Being the frugal housewife that I try to be, I wondered, was it cost effective to pick. So, while at the grocery stores this week, I did a price comparison.

Aldi’s blueberries are a special price right now because they are in season, they are $2.69 for 16 oz. The other stores had name brand blueberries (Dole) for $3 something per bag.

So, I guess it was definately worth picking. It only took us about 1 hour each time we went.

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Comments

  1. Joanna says:

    I took my kids blueberry picking as well. We picked almost 32lbs worth! I froze 15 1/2 cup servings for the kids to snack on, made 6 blueberry buckle coffee cakes for the freezer, 4 blueberry pies for the freezer, froze 2 quart size bags with 5 cups each for more coffee cake ( 1 bag of that makes 3 buckles), and froze 2 bags with 3 cups each for muffins. Plus we ate a ton. I think I’m sick of blueberries! haha

    You paid a lot for your berries though, I only paid $1.20/lb

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