As I mentioned in my post on how to freeze strawberries, I like to stock up on fresh fruit and veggies during the summer to use in cooking and baking during the winter months. In fact, my husband has lovingly referred to me as a squirrel since I tend to stockpile our favorites.
I like that I can buy fresh, local produce (and meats!) while they are readily available and inexpensive and then use them during the winter. It is healthier for my family, more convenient since I have a full freezer and it saves me money because I don’t have to make constant trips to the store to get food.
In fact, during the winter I tend to stay away from grocery stores as much as I can–I mean really, who wants to drag 5 kids to the store when it is freezing out and there is snow everywhere? One of my favorite things to freeze is blueberries. It is so simple and easy to do and takes very little time in terms of preparation. Here is how to freeze blueberries.
I buy my blueberries from my local U-Pick market(for those of you local to me I go to Ritters) in flats and then bring them home, wash them well and freeze them on a single layer on a baking sheet. Once they are frozen I then dump them into a large freezer bag and they are ready to be used in recipes when needed.
I use them all winter long in Blueberry Muffins, Blueberry Banana bread, Whole Wheat Blueberry Pie Pancakes and Blueberry Breakfast bars (here is the recipe for the Strawbery Breakfast bars–I use the same recipe but just substitute blueberries for the strawberries).
Do you buy your blueberries in bulk? What do you make with them?
Want to freeze your fruits and veggies?