How to Freeze Blueberries

Follow these three easy steps to freeze and thaw fresh blueberries so that you can enjoy them year-round.

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1. Freeze: Spread the blueberries on a rimmed baking sheet in a single layer. Place in the freezer for 2 hours.

2. Store: Transfer the frozen berries to a freezer bag or airtight container. Keep in the freezer for up to 6 months.

3. Defrost: Empty the berries into a bowl (to catch the juices). Let sit until they reach room temperature, 1 hour. The berries will be soft. Use them in smoothies, pies, pancakes, or muffins.

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