Celeste in the Garden

Freezing Blueberries

Celeste Longacre

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Blueberries are easy to freeze. Anyone can do it! Whether you grow blueberries, pick them, or find them at the market, try freezing these super-nutritious fruits 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.

If you do wish to grow blueberries, 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.


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When I was just a kid, many

When I was just a kid, many years ago, we had a very big blueberry field and we used to burn half of it over about every 5 years. We got no blueberries from the burned field that year but the following year the yield was really big. We never fertilized or sprayed any insecticide on it so they were edible as we picked. They were all hand-pickled, no rakes, and we froze gallons of them, made jams and jellies, and they were always fresh tasting. We never used any spice except Allspice. No cinnamon, or anything except Allspice. My mother and grandmother did add a bit of tapioca to pies so they weren't runny.

Hi Paul, That was

Hi Paul,

That was interesting. Were they low-bush blueberries?

Hello. I love strawberries

Hello. I love strawberries and raspberries too. Can I freeze these the same way as shown for blueberries? Thanks.

Hi RebeccaLynn, Yes, you

Hi RebeccaLynn,

Yes, you can!

I recently purchased two

I recently purchased two blueberry plants and have harvested a couple handfuls of berries. There are almost no new berries but the plants have new shoots, some growing quite long. Should I trim them, and if so, when? I am in Thurston County Washington. I have each plant in a large pot. When should I plant them in the ground? Thanks!

Hi Colleen, Blueberries

Hi Colleen,

Blueberries definitely have a "season" when they all ripen. I wouldn't trim them at all, but I would get them in the ground as soon as possible. Remember that they need a lot of Sun.