Learn the easiest method for how to freeze blueberries to use them later in baked goods, smoothies, oatmeal, and more. Save money by stocking up when the berries on sale and preserve the best flavor!
How to Freeze Blueberries
There’s typically a time in the summer when blueberries are on super sale at the grocery store so I like to stock the freezer for future months. And freezing blueberries is so easy that it’s a great way to preserve fruit with hardly any effort and preserve both the nutrients and peak flavor. You can use this method with one pint of extra berries or a whole flat if you pick or buy a bunch!
TIP: This method can be used all year long, though blueberries are often on sale in Northern America in the summer when they are at their peak and in abundant supply.
What do I need to freeze blueberries?
You just need berries and freezer bags. If you have just one pint, you can use quart size freezer bags. If you have more than that, opt for a gallon size. You’ll need some space in the bags so you can freeze the berries flat in an even layer to avoid them all freezing together.
How to Freeze Blueberries Step-by-Step
Here’s a look at the simple process. Scroll down for the full info and tips.
- Sort your berries and discard any that are blemished.
- Wash them.
- Dry them.
- Add to a freezer bag half full, seal, remove as much air, and press into a flat layer.
TIP: You can freeze for 6-12 months.
What recipes can I use frozen blueberries in?
Here are some kid-friendly blueberry recipes that we love and recommend:
- Blueberry Spinach Popsicles
- Easy Blueberry Smoothie
- Blueberry Oatmeal
- Healthy Breakfast Bars
- Blueberry Chia Seed Jam
- Blueberry Zucchini Muffins
- Blueberry Banana Muffins
TIP: You can also use them in a blueberry pie if that’s more appealing to you!
Best Tips for Freezing Blueberries
Keep these tips in mind as you work to freeze your fresh berries.
- Freeze for 6-12 months.
- Do as few or as many berries as you like. Use a pint-size freezer bag for one pint and a gallon size for two pints.
- Fill bags halfway to avoid overfilling and to allow them to freeze in a flat layer.
- Aim to have the berries totally dry to reduce the chances of them freezing together.
- Freeze in one flat even layer to avoid them freezing together.
- Use in smoothies, muffins, oatmeal, jam, crisp or any other favorite blueberry recipe.
If you have questions or want to share a way that you use frozen blueberries, please comment below. I love hearing from you guys!Print
Use this simple method to freeze in season or sale blueberries to keep them freshly frozen for months.
- 1 pint blueberries (up to as many as you have!)
- Sort your berries and remove any that are blemished.
- Wash the berries gently.
- Spread on a clean kitchen towel and pat gently to dry. You can also let them sit at room temperature to dry further for 30-60 minutes.
- Add to a zip top freezer bag, filling about half full. Lay flat, spread the berries out into one even layer, and press out as much air as possible.
- Freeze flat so the berries don’t stick together. Once fully frozen, you can reposition the bag upright if you want.
Freeze for 6-12 months.
Do as few or as many berries as you like. Use a pint-size freezer bag for one pint and a gallon size for two pints.
Fill bags halfway to avoid overfilling and to allow them to freeze in a flat layer.
Aim to have the berries totally dry to reduce the chances of them freezing together.
Freeze in one flat even layer to avoid them freezing together.
Use in smoothies, muffins, oatmeal, jam, crisp or any other favorite blueberry recipe.