Blueberries, I must say, are my favorite fruit. They are also particularly easy to grow—and easy to freeze for year-round enjoyment.
We have bushes that we planted over 30 years ago and they are now about eight feet tall and ten feet wide.
All you have to do is keep them weeded which is fairly easy as they shade their own soil (meaning not many weeds grow there anyway).
Our goal was to have so many blueberries that the birds couldn’t eat them all, but last year the birds did get the bulk of the crop. So this year, we covered our favorite two bushes. The harvest is lush and coming in now.
I think that the birds for miles around have discovered our beautiful blueberry bushes. During this particular season, all the wild bird poop is blue.
I use a yogurt container with a string attached to do the picking. This allows you to have both hands free for easy access to the berries.
I will often have other containers nearby to dump the berries into as they can become heavy around the neck when the yogurt one becomes full. When I am finished picking, I bring them into the house and spread them out on cookie sheets. Inevitably, leaves and stems will end up with the berries so I go through them and clean them up.
If you freeze them on cookie sheets, they will freeze individually.
Then, you can use the amount that you wish. Just putting them in freezer bags causes them to mush together in one big lump. After they are frozen, I put them in their freezer bags. I do this over a bowl as there are always a few stragglers that don’t quite make it into the bag.
This way, you don’t lose them. Into the freezer they go for use the whole year long.
Celeste Longacre has been growing virtually all of her family’s vegetables for the entire year for over 30 years. She cans, she freezes, she dries, she ferments & she root cellars. She also has chickens.
Celeste has also enjoyed a longtime relationship with The Old Farmer’s Almanac as their astrologer!
Celeste's new book on living lightly on the Earth is due out September 25, 2014.