Q.: How long can you freeze blueberries until the taste is damaged?
— S.H., Clinton
A.: For best quality, the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council recommends using blueberries that you have frozen within six months.
When freezing blueberries, it's best to not wash them first. If frozen dry, blueberries will freeze individually into little pearls, not into one big block, making it easy to remove just a portion to defrost. For best results, spread berries on a cookie sheet and freeze. Once frozen, transfer berries to freezer bags or containers.
Rinse before using.
If you feel compelled to wash your berries before freezing, just make sure they are very dry before you freeze them.
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