Fix Me A Snack

A blog created by a mom who got sick of feeding her kids crackers and ice cream

Is it just me, or is spending a sunny morning picking blueberries with kids one of the funnest family activities ever? We saved up 10 trays of fresh blueberries last year and ran out in the middle of the winter. I’m going for 20 trays this year – at least. The fact that we have an extra large freezer in the garage allows me to stockpile.

Just in case you didn’t already know, blueberries are really easy to freeze. They are in many ways my favorite berry because they are so sturdy, versatile, and downright tasty. Freshly picked berries ┬áthat have never been refrigerated are my idea of heaven. But in the middle of winter I also love having the fixings for smoothies, pies, muffins, syrup, and blueberry compote at the ready. Whenever I pull some out of the freezer, the kids insist on having a few to snack on right away.

All you need to do to freeze them is lay them out in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet. Make sure they are dry. Make some room in your freezer and let them freeze for at least 4 hours. They freeze relatively quickly. But I usually forget about them and leave them overnight.

After the berries are frozen, transfer them to a gallon-sized airtight bag squeezing out all the excess air you can before sealing it completely. There are fancy gadgets and tools that can remove all the air. But that’s not necessary for blueberries. They’ll be fine.

Et viola! You’ve got yourself some frozen goodness. Put the bag back in the freezer where it will be waiting for you patiently.

Here in the Northeast, most pick-your-own farms grow a wide variety of berries that produce all the way into the fall. So get out there and get pickin’!

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4 Comments

  1. cathy
    11:58 am on July 13th, 2013

    No blueberry farms where I am, but we do the same with raspberries and blackberries. Fantastic in the winter time!

  2. JenG
    5:02 pm on July 16th, 2013

    Thanks for the reminder to freeze what’s in season. And thanks for the idea for a fun summer outing!

  3. Liz
    3:45 pm on August 8th, 2013

    Do you wash your berries before you freeze? Also, what is the berry like once it thaws? mushy or does it hold its shape? Thanks!

  4. Absolutely will do it this weekend. My kids love fruit and love berries and now is totally the time to do it. I will hit the farmers market tomorrow morning and load up on berries and use the chest freezer and freeze them up for the fall and winter. Thanks for the impetus to do this :)