Just this last week the blueberries at my store were on sale for $.97 a pint. For being out in the middle of somewhere all our food has to be trucked in, that’s a fantastic price! I went a little bit crazy and bought 9 packages. We put blueberries in EVERYTHING in this house, and my 2 year old will sit down and eat a pint any chance he gets.
I wanted to save some blueberries for later, so I froze 7 of the 9 pints I bought. I am excited now that I have super fresh fruit that was really inexpensive. The bags I put them in are Ziploc I bought with coupons on clearance from Christmas, too! So how do you freeze fruit? It’s really, really simple.
- Do not wash the fruit-make sure it is dry and lay it out on a cookie sheet that has a lip. I try to do about 1 layer of berries at a time to allow them to freeze separately and not stuck together.
- Throw them in the freezer for a couple hours. Once the fruit is mostly frozen (or completely, it doesn’t matter), pull the tray out of the freezer and scoop the fruit into a clean, dry Ziploc bag or sturdy plastic container.
- When you are ready, wash enjoy your frozen fruit!
Frozen fruit can last several months in the freezer. You might consider double bagging it if you plan on long term storage or putting it in the deep freeze. Putting the fruit on a cookie sheet while they are dry keeps them from sticking together when they freeze. It also gives you a chance to pick out any that are not desirable. Frozen fruit is good for:
- Teething babies (make sure they are TINY blueberries! The cold numbs their gums and gives them a healthy treat)
- Cooling down hot oatmeal and other cereals
- Putting in cold cereal
- Enjoying as a healthy summer treat
- Keeping fresh fruit costs down, stock up and freeze when they are in season and prices are low