June 20, 2018
How to Choose the Best Blueberries

How to Choose the Best Blueberries

by Berkeley Wellness  

Fresh blueberries should be deep blue and covered with a chalky white “bloom.” The bloom is a sign of freshness. The berries should move freely when you shake the container; if they don’t, it’s a sign that they may be soft and stuck together.

Inspect the box. If it’s a wooden or cardboard container, and is damp or stained, the fruit inside may be crushed, moldy, or decayed.

How to store and freeze blueberries

Before refrigerating, empty the container of blueberries into a bowl and remove any that are crushed or moldy, then return the berries to the container. This will prevent the other berries from going bad too quickly. Do not wash the berries before storing, however.

If you’ve bought more berries than you can use, freeze them. Spread the unwashed berries on a cookie sheet and place it in the freezer until the berries are hard. Then transfer the berries to a heavy-duty plastic bag.