Tackle It Tuesday – Freezing Blueberries

by Janice

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Time to Freeze Blueberries…

I have been procrastinating long enough — blueberry season is almost over!

So Saturday, before I headed to Ikea, I picked up 30 pounds of blueberries to freeze that evening. The only problem was that we ended up being at Ikea far longer than I imagined and by the time I got home it was after 10pm — and I had 30 pounds of blueberries waiting!!!

My mom, who had come to Ikea with me, took pity on me and helped me out. Together, the task wasn’t nearly as big and it was fun to spend time together chatting as we worked.

So here is the before picture:

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And here is the after:

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I wish I could say that I am done freezing, but I love blueberries and 30 pounds is not enough for the year. So Tuesday night I will probably be tackling another 30 pounds. (This year I skipped freezing strawberries and raspberries. I was just too busy. So I will only have blueberries to get us through the winter.)

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1 jen August 14, 2007 at 1:48 am

wahooo Im first!!!

YUMMMMMMMMMMMM Blueberries!!!
what a yummmmy tackle

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2 Tasra Dawson August 14, 2007 at 2:17 am

That really is a bucketload. Sounds like a tasty job though!

I’m tackling this week from Vegas!

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3 Madidmom August 14, 2007 at 4:28 am

Oh, those look wonderful! I do miss fresh blueberries … can’t really find them here in Spain, at least not without a search and a willingness to spend some big bucks. I can get frozen ones but don’t always know what to do with them. Still looking for the “perfect” recipe for blueberry coffee cake or muffins. What will you use those gorgeous berries in?

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4 Karen (Pediascribe) August 14, 2007 at 7:44 am

We lived just down the road from a blueberry farm when I was growing up. Every summer we picked bucketloads. Now I live too far away, and there aren’t any blueberry farms anywhere around me. Grocery store blueberries just aren’t the same. :(

Anyway, my tackle is up. Had to clean out my messy desk drawer before school started.

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5 Deb August 14, 2007 at 8:17 am

I have one child who is a bluberry addict! And another who’s taking after her as well. Not to mention the daughter who can’t stand blueberries (or any other kind of fruit). We haven’t been blueberry picking in a few years unfortunately though.

Great job! Mine’s up as well – trying to tame the stuffed animal zoo that’s taking over my house…

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6 jenny-up the hill August 14, 2007 at 8:21 am

Oh man I love BBs…everyone in my house hates them though…what losers! lol!

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7 Jennifer, Snapshot August 14, 2007 at 8:31 am

Oh my gosh! We love blueberries too and we go picking several times over the summer so that we can freeze them, but I only have 2 or 3 gallon bags in my freezer. You go, girl!

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8 Carey August 14, 2007 at 10:01 am

I love blueberries. I froze 10 pounds this past month, and a few pounds of raspberries. Im hoping to get more blueberries…here in NY we can pick them until October, so i cant wait to get back out there. They are so good, and cheaper than buying them in the store.

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9 Dawn August 14, 2007 at 10:05 am

Wow, that’s a lot of blueberries. They look so good. I want to know what you do with that many blueberries. Do you mostly just eat them plain or do you have some great recipes that you use them in?

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10 Mikki August 14, 2007 at 10:11 am

They look GREAT!!! You go girl!

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11 Susanne August 14, 2007 at 10:21 am

Yummy! One of my favorite desserts on a hot day is whipped cream, unwhipped, poured over top of frozen blueberries and a touch of sugar. Some of the cream freezes to the cold berries and the rest makes a yummy purple sauce. Perfect for hot days!

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12 Barbara H. August 14, 2007 at 10:30 am

That looks so good! What do you use the frozen blueberries for? I’ve only used them in muffins (but they came with the mix) and once had blueberry cheesecake.

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13 Raesmom August 14, 2007 at 10:51 am

My parent’s have four blueberry bushes that have been making like crazy all summer. Yummy tackle!

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14 stephanie August 14, 2007 at 10:53 am

Wow…I would love to have that stockpile. :)

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15 stephanie August 14, 2007 at 10:57 am

yum. i really need to try and grow blueberries next year. we have been busy freezing green peppers, pickling beets, and canning salsa.

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16 Mama Pajama August 14, 2007 at 11:04 am

I love a big blueberry and ice cream milkshake. I wish we could find fresh blueberries here! That reminds me..we have lots of peeled pecans in the freezer. I’ll have to be creative!

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17 *Debbie* 7th Tackle It Tuesday August 14, 2007 at 12:17 pm

Wow! now that’s Tackle it project. Any Blue finger’s out there?

Have a great Day,
Debbie

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18 Char August 14, 2007 at 12:27 pm

I LOVE blueberries. Every year my mom goes picking with my daughter so we end up with a years worth of frozen blueberries for our blueberry pancakes!

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19 Twisted Cinderella August 14, 2007 at 2:46 pm

MMmm . . . . yummy blueberries!! Yummy Tackle!

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20 Wendy August 14, 2007 at 2:49 pm

Mmmm, those look good! I’ve got to show this to my husband so he’ll see why I need a bigger freezer!

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21 Sara August 14, 2007 at 3:21 pm

Oh, I just reread the post and realized that you picked up the blueberries. I thought you had found time to pick 30lbs then Ikea then bag and freeze them. Not that that isn’t enough in itself, I’d still like to have some of your water to have half your energy!

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22 lauren August 14, 2007 at 3:47 pm

MMMMMMM fresh blueberries. Here in the southern US, $2 per pint is the cheapest I’ve seen. I miss the fresh late-summer and autumn harvests of the northern states.

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23 Erna August 14, 2007 at 7:42 pm

Yummy! We love our blueberries too! (P.S. I did respond to your e-mail, Janice, about the dresses Rachel hopes to send to India. I hope it made its way to you. *Smile.*)

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24 donetta August 14, 2007 at 7:47 pm

I’m up thanks for the fun! It is so amazing how much we can get done when someone in watching. Great outer motivation!

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25 Larry August 15, 2007 at 3:31 am

I also like blueberries. I never had the chance to get them the last time it came into season. Maybe I should get some already before the season ends.

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26 Geri August 15, 2007 at 3:33 am

I also like blueberries. I never had the chance to get them the last time it came into season. Maybe I should get some already before the season ends.

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27 Karen August 15, 2007 at 11:00 am

I’ve always heard that if you don’t wash them and freeze them on a cookie sheet or on a baking pan in a single layer, preferably not touching each other (once frozen you can put them in a bag), the skins will not be tough when you thaw them out and they’ll be ALMOST as good as fresh! Just wash them when they thaw and gobble them up! Yum!

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28 Lisa August 15, 2007 at 9:19 pm

Those blueberries look great. I hope I also have the time buy and pack them in several plastic bags. Maybe even better if we can grow them in our backyard.

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29 Proverbs 31 Woman Wannabe August 15, 2007 at 9:51 pm

Oh I love blueberries

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30 Emily August 19, 2007 at 11:42 pm

how i love blueberries
i am just finding this blog
i am adding your link to my section in my blog
Emily

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