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Blueberries are a seasonal fruit that are typically better tasting and less expensive when bought and enjoyed in season. The high season for blueberries is late May through October.

The Good News

If you want to enjoy blueberries and their health benefits year round without paying the high price for imported berries, you can freeze your fresh blueberries and thaw or use them frozen throughout the year. The freezing process is simple and easy.

Step 1: Wash Your Blueberries

Water filling up washing bin

Fill up a large container with clean, cold water.

Place the berries in a colander and dip them in the water. Gently swish the colander in the water. Then drain the berries.

Note: You do not want to rinse blueberries under running water because the pressure can tear the skin and/or crush them.

Step 2: Dry Blueberries

Blueberries on tray drying

After rinsing thoroughly, spread the blueberries in a single layer on a cookie sheet or baking tray lined with paper towels.

Pat the berries dry with another paper towel.

Inspect and remove blueberries for tags and mealy or moldy berries.

Step 3: Freeze Blueberries

Arrange the whole berries on a baking sheet and freeze until solid. Note: Freezing in this way, keeps the blueberries loose and makes measuring and thawing easier.

Step 4: Bagging Your Blueberries

Date and bag your blueberries in a zip lock baggie and store in your freezer.

Blueberries frozen in bag

 

Step 5: Enjoy Your Blueberries

When ready to enjoy your blueberries, thaw or use frozen in your breakfast meals, snacks, appetizers, sauces and as main dish accents and enhancements.

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About Juice Plus+

Under the U.S. government’s latest food guidelines, it is recommended that adults need anywhere from 7-13 cups of fruits and vegetables every day to get all the health benefits of fruits and vegetables. Are you getting enough fruits and vegetables in your diet? If not, Juice Plus+ can help you to bridge the gap.

Juice Plus+ is simply dehydrated fruits and vegetables in a capsule or chewable form.

Juice Plus+ ProductsThe research done on the product shows that it is absorbed into the bloodstream and is available to the body for cellular growth within 7-28 days and it has a positive impact on disease-inhibiting functions. It reduces oxidative stress by 75% and can help you to bridge the gap when you are not able to eat the fruits and vegetables you need for optimal health.

To learn more about Juice Plus+ as a way to get the health benefits of a variety of fruits and vegetables daily, go to:  Juice Plus+

Warmly, Laureen

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