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Old 07-10-2009, 12:53 PM   #1
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I want to pick up a pint of bluies when I go shopping and I get mixed messages about how to store them. The Eat This, Not That supermarket guide says to store them in an airtight container for 5-7 days, but on the Today show they said to store berries (all berries, they didn't single out bluies) in their original clamshell container for the cross-ventilation. (Both agree against washing them, at least until you're ready to eat them, Today says because that promotes moldiness.) What do you recommend?
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I leave mine in the original container and wash just before I eat them. They stay fine for well over a week.
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I also keep mine in the container and wash just before eating. I don't know that mine last a week because almost all of us love blueberries!
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Since I use blueberries mostly in baking I swish them around in a vinegar/water solution bath, let them drain on paper towels for a few minutes, then put them on a cookie sheet and freeze them. When frozen I transfer them in a labelled and dated ziploc bag.
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Great tips! Thanks!
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I store mine in an airtight tupperware container in the fridge (I buy them at the farmers' market, so they don't come in a clamshell container). I also wash them before storing them because I'm too lazy to wash them just before eating them. Some of the berries start to get a little soft by the end of the week (on the rare occasions that they've lasted that long), but I've never had them get moldy.
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Since I use blueberries mostly in baking I swish them around in a vinegar/water solution bath, let them drain on paper towels for a few minutes, then put them on a cookie sheet and freeze them. When frozen I transfer them in a labelled and dated ziploc bag.
Thanks for the information on how to freeze them - I got a flat (6 pints for $6.99) at my grocery store last week and went on a baking frenzy. After all that, I STILL have 2 pints left. I am not sure I can bake another thing right now. Was considering freezing the rest and using them in smoothies and such.
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.99 a pint here--yep, I bought tons..am buying more on Wednesday...I have a huge upright freezer and since I typically eat blueberries daily---
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.99 a pint here--yep, I bought tons..am buying more on Wednesday...I have a huge upright freezer and since I typically eat blueberries daily---
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