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    I am looking for some answers because my wife and I are totally new at this and don't want to ruin any more berries.

    The first day we picked blueberries, we only got about a quart because of the rain and cold that snuck up on us. Anyway, we got them home, ate a few, and she rinsed and froze the rest in snack sized baggies.

    I went the next day to eat a few of the frozen ones and discovered that ALL of them tasted horrible. Very bitter - almost like eating just the stems or something.

    Since then, I have read that we should not rinse them, let them air dry, and then freeze them openly in a single layer on wax paper and then put them into the baggies. The only reason I can get for this, however, is to keep them from sticking together.

    Anyway, we picked about a gallon yesterday, brought them home, and did not rinse them. I dried off about 10 of them, put them in a baggy and let them freeze. After about 6 hours, I ate one and it was still sweet. Then, after another 6 hours, I tried one and it was that nasty bitter flavor! They were all like that again.

    So now I have about a gallon of blueberries laid out all over the kitchen air drying and I have no idea what to do to store them since freezing is ruining them.

    Can anybody please tell me what to do? Thanks.

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    Forum Admin Brian M's Avatar
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    My wife freezes ours laid out in a single layer on a cookie sheet, then bags them after a day or so. I have no idea why yours are turning bitter, but ours are always good when using this approach.

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    OKay, thanks. I guess I will try that with a few and see what happens. If that doesn't work, do you have any other storage suggestions?

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    I'm at a loss as to why yer's are bitter as I've picked mine, took out the leaves & twigs, & then put them away...never had a "bad" batch of blueberries...but then again, this is Marshall...

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    What kind of freezer bags are you using? That's the only thing I can come up with. I DO rinse mine. Then I let them drain for several hours, freeze in a single layer on a cookie sheet then use Ziplock freezer bags. I use a straw and suck out all the air, vacum packing them. I use small bags so I don't have to un vacum a whole bag for a hand ful of berries. It works fine and taste just like when I put them in there.
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    Thanks. I did the open air dry sand then bag method and all seems fine. Very strange, but who knows what happened. Thanks again.


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