How to Store Blueberries

Whether you're storing blueberries in the fridge or freezer, always start by giving your hands a good 20-second scrubbing with soap and water.

When storing in the fridge, begin by weeding out any mushy or moldy berries, plucking off any lingering stems as you go. Don't wash them until you're ready to eat. Instead, store blueberries in the food storage container they came in. Simply put them on a shelf in the fridge, which will have more air circulation than your crisper.

How to Freeze Blueberries

Now if you really have a haul, you’re probably wondering how to freeze blueberries. Luckily, freezing blueberries only takes a few easy steps.

Step 1: Get Picky About Your Blueberries

Before freezing blueberries, go through and pick out the mushy or moldy ones.

Step 2: Let Your Blueberries Chill

Place the unwashed blueberries in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and pop it in your freezer.

Step 3: Bag Those Blueberries

After a few hours, transfer the frozen blueberries to a freezer bag, like Glad® FLEX'N SEAL™ Freezer Quart Bags.

Step 4: Seal ’Em Up

Squeeze out as much air as you can before closing the bag. Then, tuck it into a freezer for later. That's it! Now you officially know how to freeze blueberries.

How to Defrost Blueberries

Knowing how to freeze blueberries is great. But what about defrosting them? If you're making something like a smoothie, there's no need to defrost your blueberries — just remember to wash them before tossing into your blender. Need to defrost your berries for something else? Place the amount you want to use in a bowl, cover with plastic wrap, like Glad® Press'n Seal®, and place in the fridge overnight. Once thawed, be sure to rinse them before eating. In a hurry? Pour the frozen blueberries into a bowl, cover with cold water and let them defrost for five minutes before using.

How Long Do Blueberries Last?

By now, you know how to freeze blueberries and how to store blueberries. But once you store them, how long do blueberries last? When you store blueberries in the fridge, they should keep for up to a week and when you freeze blueberries, they should keep for up to eight months.

Want to keep your other berries fresh? Learn how to freeze and store strawberries.

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