We have a spiffy new freezer in our basement that’s been begging to be filled. And since we use frozen blueberries all the time for pancakes, muffins, cobblers, and smoothies, last weekend we decided to head to the local u-pick. By our calculation, we’ll need three gallons of berries to last the year, which should be more than enough to use a cup or two a few times a month.
It’s a pretty smooth operation. They hook you up with buckets and send you out to the field, telling you which of the five or six patches are currently available for picking. Then it’s up to you to hunt down the ripe ones and try to get more of them into your bucket than a) on the ground or b) in your mouth.
It was slow-going to begin with; the first area we tried had more white berries than blue. But once we got the hang of it and searched around for a good spot, we got going at a pretty good pace.
No, I didn’t just shove all of those into my mouth right after taking the photo. Not that it wasn’t tempting…
Anyway, after about an hour and a half of picking, we’d had about enough for one day, even though we were still well short of our three-gallon goal. But we traipsed back in and paid for our harvest — the final weigh-in was over 6.5 pounds! And at only $1.50 per pound, we got the whole batch for ten bucks!
Back at home, we picked through all of them to rid them of stems, leaves, bugs, etc., and spread them out on rimmed sheets for the freezer.
A few hours later, they were firm enough to be scooped into freezer bags and stacked neatly! Can’t wait to use up the rest of our store-bought ones so that we can dig into these.
Stay tuned for more freezer shenanigans!