HOW TO BUY BLUEBERRIES
Fresh blueberries are most plentiful during the summer months, but you will find them in the market all year round, along with frozen, canned and dried blueberries.
When purchasing fresh blueberries, look for firm, plump, dry berries with smooth skins and a silvery sheen. Size doesn’t matter, but color does—reddish berries aren’t ripe, but can be used in cooking. Avoid soft or shriveled fruit, or any signs of mold. Containers with juice stains indicate that the fruit may be bruised.
HOW TO STORE BLUEBERRIES
Refrigerate fresh blueberries as soon as you get them home, in their original plastic pack or in a covered bowl or storage container.
Wash berries just before use.
Use within 10 days of purchase.
HOW TO FREEZE BLUEBERRIES
The secret to successful freezing is to use berries that are unwashed and completely dry. Discard berries that look br0 shriveled. Place the berries, still in their original plastic pack, in a resealable plastic bag.
Or, transfer berries to freezer containers or resealable freezer bags. The berries will freeze individually and you can remove just the portion you need. Remember to rinse them before using.
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