Thursday, July 10, 2014

Perfect Blueberries for Winter

To encourage healthy eating this winter I purchased a 5 lb. box of our Michigan blueberries. They are so wonderful!

Out of the entire box I threw away two squishy berries. That is when you know they are perfect. 
I freeze them and use them for smoothies, pies, muffins, pancakes and etc.
Freezing fruit is a time and money saver with such excellent nutritional value that I wanted to share this with you; and encourage you to take advantage of the seasonal fruit in your area.
How to freeze blueberries:

We used blueberries but, again…take advantage of whatever fruit is in season in your area.
***For detailed directions for freezing and canning check this website from Ball. It is a wonderful resource. Not all fruit can be frozen using this method.
1) Wash the berries, allow them to dry or gently pat them dry, and place them in a single layer on a cookie sheet.
2) If you layer them, put wax paper or plastic wrap between the layers. I layered them in this 13X9 inch pan.

3) Place them in a freezer until they are frozen solid.
4) Take them out of the freezer and bag them. You have bagging options. Snack bags hold about a 1/2 cup which is great for smoothies, putting in cereal, and for pancakes. This is our favorite size. Then I also fill a few bags that contain 1, 2, and 4 cups of berries for pies, muffins, and other recipes.
5) Once we have our little bags full we put them in a large zip-top freezer bag. They are ready to be placed back into the freezer for future delicious use!  

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