These Easy Blueberry Recipes never go out of season! You’ll love making these delicious recipes using fresh or frozen blueberries. Everything from blueberry desserts, salads, homemade jams, and more!
It’s blueberry season!
Blueberry recipes are the perfect way to use up all those fresh, plump blueberries from the farmers’ market. It’s also the perfect excuse to plan ahead and freeze your blueberries for even more recipes, all year round.
Bursting with inspiration lately, I’ve rounded up some of my favorite blueberry recipes, plus a few from my favorite bloggers. Packed with flavor, versatility and – obviously – blueberries, these cover every category from desserts to breakfast to homemade blueberry jam!
When blueberries are in season, we can’t get enough around here. I love to bring out the sweetness in blueberries by pairing them with flavors like cinnamon, cardamom, lemon, ginger, lavender, or shallots. I’ll even serve blueberry sauces over top of savory meals like steak or pork! (Trust me, don’t knock it ‘til you try it.)
What Are the Health Benefits of Blueberries?
There’s a reason the blueberry is considered a superfood! Blueberries are super versatile and packed with antioxidants, giving a punch of nutrients to any recipe! Here are just some of the health benefits of this tasty little berry:
High in vitamins and nutrients. Blueberries are rich in nutrients like fiber, vitamins C and K, and manganese. They also happen to be low in calories, since they’re 85% water!
Antioxidants. When it comes to warding off damaging free radicals, the blueberry is your best friend! Blueberries contain the highest antioxidant levels of most common fruits and vegetables, helping to protect your cells.
Lowered blood pressure. Research has shown that regularly eating blueberries can lead to lower blood pressure as well as lower cholesterol, and a lower risk of heart disease as a result.
Physical benefits. The antioxidants in blueberries have shown tons of other benefits, such as improved brain function, lowered risk of diabetes, and reduced muscle strain!
How to Wash, Dry and Store
Whether you’ve picked them from the bush or bought them from a store, before you begin, it’s a good idea to wash your fresh blueberries. Here’s how to wash your berries so that they’ll stay at their freshest:
Wash. To keep your berries fresher longer, swish them around in a bath of 3 parts water to 1 part vinegar.
Rinse. Drain the berries and then rinse them under cool water using a strainer or colander.
Dry. Use paper towels to gently pat the blueberries dry, or leave them to air dry.
All clean? It’s time to store your berries! Keep your blueberries stored in an open container in the fridge for up to one week. Avoid placing them in the crisper drawer, as they’ll stay fresher with more air flow! See below for how to freeze blueberries for long term storage.
The Best Way to Freeze Blueberries
Did things get a little crazy at the blueberry patch? Or did you pick up 12 too many containers of fresh blueberries from the grocery store? If you find yourself in such a predicament, the best solution is to wash and dry all of your extra berries, and then freeze them!
The best way to freeze blueberries is to flash-freeze the dried berries on a baking sheet before storing them in a freezer bag. This is the easiest way to ensure that the blueberries don’t clump together in the freezer!
Once frozen, berries are great in tons of recipes from smoothies and blended drinks, to sauces and baking. Here are some tips for cooking with frozen blueberries:
For most recipes that call for frozen blueberries, the blueberries should remain frozen. Thawing blueberries before adding to baking can lead to squashed berries and leaking color!
To prevent frozen berries from sinking and from coloring everything purple, some recipes recommend tossing frozen berries with a tiny bit of flour before adding them to baked goods.
Add frozen blueberries to baked goods last, so they won’t thaw and discolor your baking before you get it into the oven.
30 Blueberry Recipes to Try
Wondering what to do with loads of blueberries? We’ve got you covered with 30 of the best fresh-or-frozen blueberry recipes! From delightful blueberry breakfast ideas and delectable blueberry desserts, to sauces and compotes and even salads. These recipes are as delicious as they are easy to make!
This blueberry twist on a retro recipe is made with blueberry pie filling whipped up with sugared pretzels in a creamy summertime dessert. Your homemade blueberry pretzel “salad” is sure to be a hit at the pool party!
Blueberries inject a little antioxidant magic into these baked donuts peppered with zesty lemon. Packed with citrus flavor and super easy to make, you’ll definitely be adding these to the regular breakfast rotation.
A fresh salad topped with blueberries, creamy feta cheese, and sweet corn tossed in a flavorful honey lime dressing. This unique recipe packs all sorts of delicious sweet and savory flavors into a nutritious summer salad. Perfect for a summer BBQ!
A nutritious and flavor-loaded green salad that’s perfect to make ahead for summer picnics! Get your fill of wholesome goodness with nutrient-rich kale and antioxidant-packed blueberries and cranberries tossed in a healthy vinaigrette.
How to store blueberries:
Keep your blueberries stored in an open container in the fridge for up to one week. Avoid placing them in the crisper drawer, as they’ll stay fresher with more air flow
How to freeze blueberries:
The best way to freeze blueberries is to flash-freeze the dried berries on a baking sheet before storing them in a freezer bag. This is the easiest way to ensure that the blueberries don’t clump together in the freezer
How long can you freeze blueberries?
Blueberries can be frozen from 6-10 months. Technically, they will still be safe to eat afterwards but they will no longer be at their prime.
My name is Ashley Fehr and I love creating easy meals my family loves. I also like to do things my way, which means improvising and breaking the rules when necessary. Here you will find creative twists on old favorites and some of my favorite family recipes, passed down from generations!