Harvesting blueberries for the winter – how to stock up on healthy berries
Replenishing vitamin reserves in the summer is not a problem, because you can always go to the forest or to the market for berries. But towards the end of the season, harvesting blueberries for the winter becomes relevant. Home supplies will not only provide you with natural products, but also help you save a lot. During the off-season, any fruits and berries are much more expensive. It is much more profitable to prepare them in advance. So how to preserve blueberries?
This can be done in several ways:
- to freeze;
- roll up;
Whichever method you use, prepare the blueberries first. Go through harvested or purchased berries, rinse and drain off excess liquid.
Pour clean and dried berries into a blender and beat them until smooth. You can grind in any way, even a meat grinder or a wooden crush will do. Now add sugar, mix well. For storage in the freezer, pour the mixture into trays. If the blueberries will be on a shelf in the refrigerator, glass jars with a screw top will do..
For storage in the refrigerator for 1 kg of blueberries, 2 kg of sugar are needed. Berries that will lie in the freezer can be mixed in a 1: 1 ratio.
There is also an easier way to prepare blueberries for the winter. Sprinkle the berries on a tray and place them in the freezer. Sprinkle frozen blueberries into sachets and return to storage in the freezer..
Harvesting blueberries for the winter by preserving
Blueberries can be used to make a drink, jam, syrup, jelly, and even wine if desired. Most recipes involve the addition of sugar.
Fill the jars about 1/3 full of washed berries. Cook syrup at the rate of 300 g of sugar per 1 liter of water. Pour the berries over them, cover and let stand for 5 minutes. Drain the syrup, let it boil again and immediately pour into the jars. Roll up.
Blueberry jam “Pyatiminutka”
Pour berries and sugar into a saucepan in a 1: 1 ratio. Bring to a boil over medium heat, remove the foam. Boil for 5 minutes, pour into jars and roll up. Such jam can be stored even without a refrigerator, in a basement or cellar..
How to dry blueberries at home
Select only whole, undamaged berries for drying. Sprinkle them on paper and leave them in the sun. Shake gently from time to time to dry the blueberries evenly. It is very convenient and faster to dry any berries in a special electric dryer. Store such stocks in a glass container under a lid..