Contributed by: Chris, WebAdmin. of RecipesNow.com
It's that time again when fresh blueberries are in peak
production, fairly bursting with ripe blueberry flavor. Here are some tips to help you make the
most of blueberry season. When buying blueberries, remember that size is not an indicator of ripeness. But color is--ripe
berries are deep purple-blue to blue-black. While berries that are reddish in color may not make
great snacking, they are just fine for cooking.
Store fresh blueberries unwashed in their original container in the refrigerator. Wash the
amount you need just before using. For best results, use within 10 days of purchase. Convenient, frozen blueberries are available in the freezer section of your supermarket. When
buying them in bags, be sure they are loose - avoid those that are clumped together. Store frozen
berries in your home freezer, removing just the amount you need for your recipe. Thawed berries
should be used within 3 days. Commercially frozen blueberries are pre-washed so there is no need
to wash them before use.
It's easy to freeze your own blueberries: Transfer
unwashed berries to airtight plastic bags, or arrange them in a single layer on a baking
sheet; then, when completely frozen, transfer to plastic bags or freezer containers. When freezing
your own blueberries, remember to wash them just before using.