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Freezing Blueberries {How to Freeze Blueberries}

Learn all the tips and tricks for freezing blueberries to extend the harvest. Freezing fresh berries is a great way to preserve this wonderful summer fruit without needing to know any special kitchen skills.

A glass bowl full of blueberries and a sprig of mint on a wooden board

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From baking to snacking, blueberries are a favorite fruit for people of all ages! Having some stashed in your freezer is like a delicious, delicious insurance policy.

Unlike making jam or a canning project, freezing fresh blueberries doesn’t require any special kitchen skills or equipment. If you have a baking sheet, 5 minutes, and a freezer, you too can stock your freezer with this amazing seasonal fruit.

And if you love the idea of preserving your own fruit, check out these posts on Freezing PeachesFreezing BlackberriesFreezing Cherries and How to Freeze Strawberries. And you’ll love my entire guide on how to freeze fresh produce.

Why should you freeze blueberries?

Have a stash of berries in your freezer essentials opens up the opportunity for so many amazing meals, snacks, or desserts.

I love to use frozen blueberries in things like: Whole Wheat Blueberry Muffins, Fresh Blueberry Ice Cream, Healthy Tea Popsicles, mixed in with Fluffy Whole Wheat Pancakes, or as a topper for Easy Instant Pot Yogurt.

Do You have to wash blueberries before freezing them?

Yes! Washing (rinsing) your berries first will remove any dirt, debris, or grit. Fresh and clean berries prevent you from having to wash them before you use them.

a tray with frozen blueberries on parchment

How do you freeze blueberries without them getting mushy?

Following my steps below, your berries won’t be mushy when they are frozen, BUT, when frozen blueberries thaw, they will be soft, and a bit mushy. With that in mind, I wouldn’t use them for anything where appearance matters, like a cake or candies.

When you freeze blueberries in a single layer on a baking sheet, you are flash-freezing them. Flash freezing basically allows each berry to freeze separately. This will allow them to be stored together without being frozen in one big clump. Need 1 cup for a recipe? You can easily just scoop it out without having to hack at a brick of berries.

HOW TO STORE FROZEN Blueberries

You have multiple storage options for your berries:

How long can you keep fresh blueberries in the freezer?

Your berries will last for 6-12 months in the freezer. If you have a deep freeze, storing your frozen berries in there would be most effective and they will last longer than in a fridge/freezer combo.

Pro Tips/Recipe Notes

  • Most recipes do not require you to thaw your blueberries first. If you do need to thaw them, simply place them in a strainer/colander and gently rinse with warm water.
  • Toss frozen berries with 1 tbsp of all-purpose flour before adding to baked goods. This will keep them from sinking in the batter.

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A glass bowl full of blueberries and a sprig of mint on a wooden board
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Freezing Blueberries {How to Freeze Blueberries}
Prep Time
5 mins
Freezing
1 hr 30 mins
Total Time
1 hr 35 mins
 

Freezing fresh blueberries is an easy way to preserve without needing any special skills.

Course: How To
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Freezing Fresh Blueberries, How to Freeze Blueberries
Ingredients
  • 1 strainer/colander
  • 2 clean towels
  • 1 rimmed baking sheet
  • 1 parchment or silpat
  • freezer-safe storage
Instructions
  1. Rinse your blueberries in a colander/strainer.

  2. Place rinsed berries on a clean towel and bloat them dry with another towel.

  3. Place a piece of parchment on a rimmed baking sheet and lay berries on top. Use the space efficiently, but try not to let them touch too much.

  4. Optional: Lay another piece of parchment on top of the berries and top with an additional layer of berries. You can do up to three layers on the same baking sheet before it becomes precarious.

  5. Allow the blueberries to freeze through (1.5-2 hours) and then transfer to a freezer-proof storage container.

Recipe Notes

If you're using Ziploc-style bags, removing additional air out of the bag will keep your berries safe from freezer burn. Place a straw in the corner of a freezer bag and close the bag as tightly as possible. Suck the air out through the straw 1-2 times and quickly remove the straw and seal the bag.

 

Store in your freezer for 6-12 months.

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