Follow these steps to make your own frozen blueberries
(actually, you can use these steps for most fruits)
Step #1: wash the blueberries (I shampoo’m with “Veggie Wash,” then rince’m).
Step #2: gently dry them with a paper towel, hand towel, or let them air dry on a baking cooling stand.
Step #3: put the berries in a single layer on a baking pan, one with edges so the berries will be contained.
(Don’t have the right pan? see TIPS, below).
Step #4: put the pan in the freezer until the berries are frozen through, about 3 hours.
(Don’t have room in your freezer? Solution: move things from the freezer to the fridge during those 3 hours, check the berries in 2 hours, they might be ‘done’).
Step #5: transfer the frozen berries to ziptop baggies or food-saver vacuum seal bags, be sure to label each bag with the name of the fruit and the date. (see TIPS, below)
Alternatives to using baking pans:
- use tin foil, shape it into a shallow pan with edges
- use a paper bag (fold up the sides) or use a cut and shape a cardboard box similar to the baking pans in the photo, above.
- I put 1 cup of frozen berries in small baggies, that way I can pull out exactly 1 cup at a time. Double bagging increases its shelf life, so put’m in a thin sandwich bag first and then put that bag into the thicker freezer bag.