26 Jun Blueberries (Storage Tips +Recipes)
Blueberries are a delicious summer fruit that can be eaten pain as a healthy snack, tossed into yogurt or a salad, or used in baking. Unfortunately, improper storage can result in blueberries that are anything but tasty. In some cases, it can result in berries that are mushy and moldy.
Sort the moldy blueberries from the fresh ones. Look for berries that have white, fuzzy mold and toss them out. The mold can be found around the stem area. You will also want to discard any berries that are too soft or wilted looking; they are too ripe and will rot quickly. Sorting the bad berries from the good ones will prevent mold from spreading.
Pull off any stems. Most of the stems should have fallen off on their own, but it would be a good idea to go through the berries again and pick off any remaining stems. They won’t harm you if you eat them, but they will taste bitter.
Consider raising the blueberries with one part vinegar and three parts water. In general, you should not wash berries until you are ready to eat them. Washing them too soon can lead to mold. Washing them with vinegar water, however, can kill mold spores and prevent from mold growing in the first place. Put the berries into a colander or strainer, and dunk them into a bowl filled with the vinegar water. Shake colander or strainer, then pull it out. Rinse the berries using cool water; this will get rid of any vinegar flavor.
Find a basket-like container and wash it well. You can use a ceramic bowl with slits in it, or you can use the original plastic basket that the blueberries came in. The container will need to have small holes in it to provide adequate ventilation.
- Avoid using anything made from metal. Blueberries can react with metal, leading to discoloration and stains on both the berries and the metal container
Fold a paper towel into quarters and place it in the bottom of the basket. If you are using a larger container, such as a bowl, then use several sheets of paper towel; you do not need to fold them.
Store the blueberries in the refrigerator. Avoid keeping them in the coldest part of the fridge, or they will get damaged from the cold. The best place to store the berries is on the middle or bottom shelf. Try not to keep them in the crisper. Most crispers are too humid and do not provide enough circulation. This could lead to mold. When kept in the fridge, blueberries can last five to ten days.
- The coldest part of the fridge is the top
Storing Blueberries in the Freezer
Spread the blueberries in a single layer across a shallow tray.
- Place the tray into the freezer and wait until the blueberries are frozen.
- Transfer the blueberries to freezer-safe Ziploc bag.