Choosing and Storing Summer Blueberries

Summer’s fresh berries are a precious part of the season. Learn some quick tips to choosing the best looking blueberries and how to store them until ready to eat or cook with.
By Danelle MC

Choosing and Storing Summer BlueberriesShutterstock: Alexeysun

Choosing Blueberries

A few things to remember when choosing blueberries:

  • Blueberries don’t ripen after picking, so be sure to choose berries that are completely blue, with no tinge of red.
  • Don’t worry about that shimmery silver coating you often see on blueberries. It’s a natural protectant.
  • Watch for stained or leaking containers that may indicate soft, watery or moldy blueberries, or fruit that is past its prime.

Storing Blueberries

Don’t wash your blueberries until you’re ready to use them, as moisture speed deterioration. Kept in the refrigerator, they can last up to two weeks if they’re freshly-picked. Blueberries also freeze wonderfully, especially if you’ll be using them for cooking and baking. Again, don’t wash them before freezing. Instead, rinse them after thawing and before eating. To freeze blueberries, place them in a rigid, covered container or zip-top freezer bag with about one inch of space for expansion.

Delicious Recipes that use Blueberries

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Blueberry Coffeecake Muffins

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Danelle MC

Danelle combines her love of cooking and photography at her food blog, Let's Dish. A friend once described her culinary creations as “uptown foodie meets real life,” which sums up her cooking philosophy perfectly. When she's not cooking or baking , you'll often find her behind the lens of her camera photographing the beautiful Colorado outdoors, or visiting her local farmers' market. She has been sharing recipes at Let's Dish since 2009.

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