Growing & Freezing Blueberries
I have grown two blueberry bushes for about 25 years. My bushes are as tall as I am now. I have never pruned them except for the dead branches. We do not have acidic soil so I do add an acidic fertilizer to them every few weeks.
For those of you wondering how to keep the birds from eating all of your blueberries without the use of a net, read on. This method has worked for me the entire 25 years of growing them. I pound steel fencing posts around my bushes. I have a total of 5 posts but my bushes are pretty big. I started out with only 3 posts. Next I buy the large rectangle aluminum pans, I cut them in half then poke a hole just below one of the crimped corners. I tie string, wire or whatever is handy to the aluminum pan and then to the steel post.
Why does this work? Two reasons: One is because the aluminum pan bangs against the steel post with the wind and the noise scares the birds. Two is because the aluminum pan reflects the light making it bright which also scares the birds. That is all I do and every year I have picked about 5 gallon bags full of berries.
Place your blueberries in a colander.
Using cold water, rinse the berries gently.
Place a few layers of paper towel on a cookie sheet and pour the drained blueberries on top. At this point look through the blueberries discarding any bad ones or stems.
Carefully remove the paper towel once the water is absorbed.
Place the tray into the freezer until the Blueberries are frozen for a few hours.
Once frozen place the blueberries into a large size bag. I use bread bags with twist ties.
Then place the bag of blueberries into a gallon size freezer bag. Don’t forget to put the date on the bag.
Once frozen, you can scoop out the amount you need for a recipe because the blueberries won’t stick to each other.
Frozen blueberries should last 12 months in the freezer. They will last longer than that but the quality of the blueberry will start to deteriorate.