Picking and freezing blueberries

Please pick only fully ripe berries. Berries still showing traces of pink or red colour are not ripe and may taste sour. Blueberries do not ripen further after picking. Unripe berries should be left on the bush because then they will turn into ripe berries for you to pick when you bring your friends back in a couple of weeks time.

Your fresh berries should be cooled as soon as possible in the refrigerator where they will last in excellent condition for up to two weeks, if firm, plump and ripe to begin with. We have occasionally had fresh berries last up to four weeks in the refrigerator, but not with children in the house. Unless you are planning to use them fresh within two weeks it is best to freeze them immediately. Fresh frozen berries will maintain much of their freshness and flavour, but if you freeze tired old berries that’s what you get when you thaw them out again.

When putting BLUEBERRY PATCH blueberries in your freezer for the winter, make sure that you use them all up again within twelve months. While they will keep successfully for up to two years provided that your freezer is cold enough, it is far better to make room in your freezer to put away new stocks each season.

Crop Updates via Twitter
  • The recent extreme heat days caused shrivelling of some ripe berries, but luckily most of our bushes and berries are still OK, for now.,
  • We are still taking a few orders for larger quantities of pre-picked berries, but please allow two or three picking… ,
  • Instead we are taking limited appointments for PYO, selected weekdays only at present, and doing our best to avoid extreme heat days.,
  • If we simply open to all for PYO we cannot cope with the large crowds that come. The record is over 70 families at… ,
  • Counter sales only at present. PYO should be starting about mid January. Please check again closer to time.,

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