You-Pick Blueberries With A View – 1588 Blue Grass Trail, Newport, VA 24128
Blueberry Facts and FAQs
Blueberry facts and answers to frequently asked questions
Picking and storage:
Don’t pick berries that still have a hint of red – they’re not ripe yet. Ripe blueberries will fall off easily with a gentle rub or tug – those that resist picking are not yet ripe.
That said – if you intend to make jam, including a few reddish berries is desirable – higher pectin content!
Moisture shortens the shelf life of berries. Let any moisture on the blueberries dry before storing them, and don’t wash them until you’re ready to eat them (our berries are totally natural with nothing sprayed on – you really don’t have to wash ’em).
Chill berries soon after picking to increase shelf life. If refrigerated, fresh-picked blueberries will keep 10 to 14 days.
Frozen blueberries are awesome. If you’ve let them dry before freezing, they freeze individually so it’s easy to grab a handful from the bag.
The #1 way our customers use their berries: “On my cereal – every morning!”
Here’s a tidbit from the above site: “Batter pH affects blueberry color. If your muffin, cake or pancake batter is too basic (high pH), blueberries will have a greenish haze around them. Adjust the acidity of your batter by replacing some of the liquid with buttermilk, sour cream, applesauce or citrus juice.”