I hope that you’ve been enjoying blueberries as much as I have this month!
I thought I’d share a few ideas about what to do with blueberries so you don’t get stuck in a rut. (Not that that’s really a problem with blueberries.)
What are the best blueberries to buy?
Choose fresh berries that are firm, dry, plump, and free of mold. They should be deep purple-blue to blue-black and have a whitish coating. If they are reddish, they aren’t ripe but can be used for sauces. Avoid soft or shriveled berries. Make sure the container is not packed too tightly so the berries don’t become squished and check for juice stains or moisture on the container which could indicate spoilage.
Frozen blueberries are another great option when they will be cooked, blended, dried, or added to cereal. Avoid bags of frozen berries that have obvious stains or frost on the outside of the bag or that are frozen into one big lump as this may indicate the berries have been thawed and then refrozen.
How should I store my blueberries?
Blueberries should be stored in the refrigerator and can usually be stored for up to 10 days.
If you are unable to use your blueberries within a few days, try freezing them. Just wash, drain, and remove any damaged berries first. Arrange them in a single layer on a cookie sheet and place them in the freezer. Once frozen, transfer them to a plastic freezer bag or container. Store them in the freezer for up to a year. Surprisingly, research has shown the frozen blueberries have nearly as much antioxidant capacity as fresh ones.
How do I prepare blueberries?
Briefly wash and dry fresh berries and they are ready to use!
Blueberries are great to eat raw and can be eaten on their own or added to salads, hot or cold cereal, or eaten on top of yogurt, pancakes, mouse, or any other number of things. They can also be blended and added to smoothies, baked into muffins or crisps, or cooked into jams.
What can I make with my blueberries?
Check out this Pinterest board for all things blueberry.
I’d love to hear any great blueberry ideas you have too!
- Eat Blueberries! (projecteatme.wordpress.com)