A few months ago, we started introducing solid foods to our son. He started with avocado, then moved onto bananas, peas, green beans, apples, squash, mangoes, and chicken. The other week, I picked up a container of plump blueberries from the store and couldn’t wait to whip up a batch of homemade blueberry baby food.
My grandpa loved blueberries, my Dad loves blueberries, and I was crossing my fingers in the hopes of having my son love blueberries as well. According to my grandpa, the best blueberries are the ones that snap when you bite into them … and I couldn’t agree more.
After mixing the baby food, I sat down to give my son spoonfuls of the blueberry goodness and, just as I figured, he loved the food. Mixing it with his absolute favorite food, bananas, has been a great mixture to add into the rotation.
Since I’ve been buying this super food more often than usual lately, I figured it would be helpful to share tips and tricks on how to buy, store, handle, and prepare blueberries. Plus, blueberries are in their peak June through August so there’s no time like the present to get up-to-speed on how to enjoy blueberries.
How To: Purchase Blueberries
- Pick blueberries that are blue (not red), dent-free, and plump. Blueberries do not continue to ripen after harvesting.
- Avoid blueberries that are juicy. You want the blueberries to be unblemished and fresh-looking. Stained or juicy containers reveal that the berries are past their prime.
- Select blueberries that have the shimmery, silver coating since that coating naturally protects the berry.
How To: Store Blueberries
- Avoid washing blueberries until you’re ready to eat them.
- Place blueberries in a shallow container and cover with plastic wrap. Store the container in the refrigerator.
How To: Use Blueberries
- Toss a few washed blueberries onto your morning cereal or oatmeal.
- Roll blueberries around in some flour before adding them to your muffin mixture so that the blueberries don’t sink to the bottom when baking. Try this Lemon Ginger Blueberry Muffin recipe.
- Add blueberries into your smoothie mixture.
- Create a yogurt parfait using blueberries and granola.
- Serve blueberry pancakes that will make everyone in your family happy.
- Pour yourself a cup of coffee and grab a slice of this Blueberry Cream Cheese Coffee Cake.
What’s your favorite blueberry recipe?