When blueberries go on sale, I love to stock up on them. The solution to eating them before they all go bad, though, is to create frozen blueberries – and tons of them! Freezing blueberries will preserve them for up to ten months, but they are best when eaten within the first six months after freezing. To make the most use of your frozen blueberries, try the recipes below for things like blueberry milk, blueberry simple syrup, and more!
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How to Make Your Own Frozen Blueberries
Whether you have tons of blueberries from your garden, or found them on sale and decided to stock up (I’m not judging, I went a little crazy at my local store when these went on sale), one of the best things about blueberries is that they freeze well. If you have a resource near you, blueberries are a great fruit to find at local farmers markets and local “you pick” farms.
Step 1: Rinse your blueberries.
Some resources will tell you that you don’t need to rinse them, but in my opinion it’s always better to be safe than sorry. You don’t know what’s on them, and a quick rinse won’t hurt.
Step 2: Lay your blueberries in a single layer on a parchment lined baking tray.
If you don’t have freezer space, you can also freeze in the container they came in, but you have a higher chance of them sticking together and being difficult to work with when removing them. You can also line your baking trays with a silicone mat for a more re-usable version of this method.
Step 3: Freeze for 2-4 hours, then transfer to an airtight container like a Ziplock bag or mason jar.
Don’t forget to label the container. While it might seem obvious to you now that there are blueberries in there and you know that you packed them in January, when they’ve been in the freezer for a couple months you will be grateful for the label and date.
Can’t Find Blueberries on Sale?
If you are craving blueberries but can’t find them on sale at your local store, try ordering some online. I recommend Azure Standard’s frozen blueberries. They provide organic frozen blueberries shipped from Oregon at prices that just can’t be beat. (As the time of this writing, if you buy in bulk you can get them for $1.99 per pound.)
You have tons of frozen blueberries … now what?
You’ve stockpiled your frozen blueberries. Your freezer is bursting at the seams. What do you do with them now that you have them?
There are many dishes that are great with frozen blueberries placed on top or even used in place of fresh blueberries in recipes. Check out these dishes.
Simply add frozen blueberries to the top of your already cooked oatmeal. The heat from the oatmeal with thaw them nicely.
Eating yogurt? Add some blueberries on the top. These go great on all types of yogurt, but I especially love them on Greek yogurt. Want a little more variety? Try this Frozen Blueberry and Orange Easy Greek Yogurt as a healthy way to kick start your morning. I made this for my kids the other day and they loved it, even though they are not big Greek yogurt fans. The sweetness of the honey and the crumbled up granola on top made it one of their favorites.
Inspired by Ali over at Gimme Some Oven, this blueberry milk is a favorite of my three kiddos. I’m too lazy to make the blueberry syrup each time they want the milk, so I made a huge batch of my own blueberry simple syrup and we add to milk as a special weekend breakfast treat. My kids love it, and it has inspired them to think of other types of milk they want … some current requests are maple milk, homemade strawberry milk, honey milk, and blackberry milk. They’ve also tried simply mixing fresh blueberries and milk, but this blueberry milk is much preferred.
Craving a healthier, easier version of a milkshake or ice cream slush too cool you down on a hot summer day? Look no further than this blueberry slush recipe. With only two ingredients and no blender needed, it’s so easy even your kids can make it. Plus, it’s relatively healthy with no added sugar or preservatives. Want a vegan version? Try this Blueberry Slushy made with orange juice by Sylvie over at Feasting at Home.
You can substitute frozen blueberries in any standard blueberry muffin recipe. They typicall work better, actually, because they don’t stain the rest of the batter purple while you mix them in.
Blueberry Simple Syrup
Move over strawberry syrup, because blueberry syrup is making it’s splash! Try this syrup recipe with either fresh or frozen blueberries.
Frozen Blueberries Cereal Topping
Toss a couple of the berries on your cereal in the morning, and make even a plain cereal like corn flakes or Cheerios (which I LOVE by the way) a little fancier. The milk will thaw them quickly and they’ll give a great burst of flavor when you bite into them.
Eat Them Straight from the Freezer
None of those recipes look good? Try popping a few blueberries out of the freezer and straight into your mouth. They make a great munching snack which is healthy to boot.
- Rinse blueberries.
- Spread single layer on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
- Freeze for 2-4 hours.
- Transfer to air tight container, such as a Ziplock bag. Label and date.