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Old 05-23-2003, 08:25 PM
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one thing that wasn't mentioned....don't wash strawberries before freezing - just hull (half or quarter if desired) and freeze.

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Old 05-24-2003, 09:33 AM
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blushing Freezing Fruit

Hi all,

I dry froze some blueberries 2 yrs ago. We just ate the last batch in blueberry muffins. They were still delicious.

We live near a bunch of pick your own fruit places. We picked and picked and picked. Had about 10 gallons of blueberries!

All we did to them was pick out immature berries and old berries. Then we placed them on cookie sheets and froze them for 2 hours. Then we placed them in zip lock bags. Worked great - you could get the amount you needed as they were not frozen to each other!

I will add a word of caution however! Those frozen berries are like marbles - they roll anywhere! We finally started using a canning funnel to put them into the bags! Also be sure you do not have any dogs in the kitchen who will eat anything! Or for that matter chase anything that rolls. My FIL ****er was quicker than any of us in picking up those runaways frozen marbles!

Believe me, frozen blueberries do a terrible thing to a dog's digestive system. We did not think we would have trouble controlling the darn things - but once they started rolling!

It was funny later but we learned that ****ers will eat anything! Fortunately my service dogs have been taught not to eat anything that is not in their food bowls!

Enjoy the "fruits" of your labor!
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