Blueberries scream summer! There’s nothing like super-fresh blueberries, maybe you pick your own on a farm or visit your local farmer’s market and stock up for the winter. Whichever it is, the flavour of blueberries should definitely be enjoyed year-round. Depending on what you’re making, (and even if you’re just eating them on their own) their flavour ranges from mildly sweet (these are usually the cultivated kind) to tart and tangy, these are usually wild blueberries.
These little berries also contribute to our overall well-being by being packed with Vitamin C and fibre.
How To Pick Blueberries:
Choose blueberries that are firm and have a lively, uniform blue with a whitish bloom. Avoid berries that have a dull colour or that have a soft and watery texture (the presence of moisture will cause them to decay).
Give the container a shake to see if the berries move freely. If they don’t, this may be a sign that they are soft and damaged or even mouldy.
How To Store Blueberries:
Store ripe blueberries in a covered container in the refrigerator. They will keep for up to three days. If kept out at room temperature for more than a day, the berries may spoil.
How To Prepare Blueberries:
Blueberries shouldn’t be washed until right before you eat them, because washing removes the protective bloom that prevents the berries’ skin from spoiling. Fresh berries are very fragile. If wild or organic, you won’t need to wash them. If not, they should be washed quickly and carefully and then gently patted dry. You can spin them dry in salad spinner.
Kary’s Blueberry Tips:
- Before storing, remove any crushed or mouldy berries to prevent the rest from spoiling.
- Remove blueberry stains by rubbing with lemon.
- Freeze blueberries on a cookie sheet in a single layer. Once frozen, transfer them to a resealable bag or container. This keeps them from sticking together.
- Add frozen blueberries to a smoothie.
- At the market, gently shake the blueberry containers to see if the berries move freely. If they don’t, this may be a sign that they are soft and damaged or mouldy.
- Washing blueberries in a salad spinner is a great way to keep them intact and dry them at the same time!
What Goes Well With Blueberries?
Blueberries Go Well With: Bananas, cinnamon, cream, cream cheese, ginger, honey, lemon, lime, maple syrup, mascarpone, nutmeg, peaches, raspberries, strawberries, sour cream, sugar, vanilla, and yogurt.