Comparing Forms of Blueberries

Fresh: 

  • Availability: Since fresh blueberries are available year round, we can find them in stores no matter the season.
  • Choose: a silvery bloom indicates freshness
  • Storage: refrigerate, best used within 10 days, rinse just before use
  • Use: yogurt, fruit salad, oatmeal, cereal, salsa, sauces, grain & green salads, iced tea, lemonade, cocktails, parfaits, tarts, pies, cheesecakes

Frozen:

  • A household must-have
  • Storage: will last for up to 6 months, best used within 10 months
  • Availability: You can buy frozen blueberries in the grocery store, or stock up on fresh in the summer and freeze them yourself
  • Use: smoothies, sauces, compotes, jams, chutneys, burgers, sorbets, pancakes, French toast, blintzes, baked desserts

Dried:

  • Taste & texture: sweet and chewy
  • Storage: cool, dry place, use within 10 months
  • Use: trail mix, energy bars, sauces, jams, syrups, liqueurs, flavored vodka, vinegar, sandwich spread, chicken salad, grain or green salad, muffins, breads, scones, cakes, cookies, chocolate bark, baked apples
  • Find: in the produce or snack section of your grocery store

Freeze Dried

  • Freeze dried blueberries are blueberries that have had all off the water extracted from them
  • Storage: once they get wet, they re-hydrate, so store them in a cool, dry space, best used unopened within 10 years, within 12 months after opening
  • Use: trail mix, cereal, ice cream, rice crispy snacks, grain salads, waldorf salad, pudding, cookies, cobbles or reconstitute and stir into muffins and pancakes
  • Taste: sweet, yet mildly tart
  • Find: online or in the snack section of your grocery store.

Powdered:

  • You can grind freeze dried blueberries into a fine powder
  • Storage: store in a dry place, best used within 2 years unopened, within 12 months after opening
  • Use: yogurt, smoothies, sauces, salad dressings, mix into spice rubs for meat, fish or chicken, cooked cereal, lemonade, cocktails, ice cream, truffles, frosting, gelatin, glaze, panna cotta, meringues, whipped cream

Canned:

  • Also a household must-have.
  • Use: perfect for whipping up delicious smoothies, last minute desserts, and kid-friendly recipes

Juice & Concentrate: 

  • From pressed fresh blueberries
  • Storage: unopened at room temperature, refrigerate, freeze, best used within 9 months unopened, refrigerate after opening and use within 10 days
  • Use: agua fresca, lassi, cocktails, iced tea, lemonade, vinaigrettes, marinades, glazes, BBQ sauce, ketchup, sweet sauces
  • Find: juice in grocery stores, order concentrate online

Pureed: 

  • Storage: best used within 2 years frozen, refrigerate after opening and use within 10 days
  • Use: sweet or savory sauces, dips, vinaigrettes, smoothies, sodas, cocktails, lemonade, gelatin, mousse, parfaits, cake or pie fillings, pudding, frozen desserts, plate smears
  • Find: order puree online

 

References: 

  • “Forms of blueberries.” (13 Jan 2015). Retrieved from http://www.blueberrycouncil.org/blueberry-cooking-tips/forms-of-blueberries/
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