Caring for Fresh Berries

Taking them Home

  • Blueberries are perishable and need to be handled gently.
  • Protect the berries from sunlight, especially in your car.
  • Take them straight home. Do not leave them in a hot car.

Storing

  • Fresh blueberries should be refrigerated.
  • They should be consumed within 10 - 14 days after harvesting.
  • Rinse and drain just before consuming them. You don't want to wash off their protective coating until ready to use/eat.

Freezing

  • Do not wash blueberries before freezing.
  • Spread them on a cookie sheet or shallow roasting pan and place them in the freezer until hard: about an hour.
  • Place frozen berries in freezer bags or containers and place in freezer.
  • Freezer life is one year.
  • The secret to freezing blueberries is the berries need to be completely dry before freezing

Berry Uses

Easy Ideas

  • add to yogurt: especially plain or vanilla
  • in smoothies
  • add to ice cream
  • add to cereal
  • in fruit salads
  • mix with cottage cheese
  • alternate blueberries with vanilla pudding to make a parfait
  • just eat them like candy