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Wild Blueberries. Wash or don't wash?

 
 
Noddy24
 
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Reply Fri 27 Jul, 2007 03:55 pm
I'm with ehBeth.

Do you really want to contaminate your freezer?
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fishin
 
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Reply Fri 27 Jul, 2007 04:26 pm
Walter Hinteler wrote:
If you freeze them, they shouldn't be washed - thus keeping their look, arome etc.


*nods* I do this with all fruit - if freezing they don't get washed. They get laid out on a cookie sheet and frozen then transferred into bags the next day (this stops them from sticking together!)

If eating right away I rinse and eat.
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Montana
 
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Reply Fri 27 Jul, 2007 05:48 pm
ehBeth wrote:
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If you grew them, know they have not been doused with pesticides, and are unconcerned about what has been climbing around on them, you don't need to wash them. Otherwise, do wash them, gently, and do it before you freeze them.


http://www.ochef.com/706.htm


Well, I'll be damned! I read that last night when I was doing research on it. Thanks Beth :-D
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Montana
 
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Reply Fri 27 Jul, 2007 05:50 pm
ehBeth wrote:
Even the raccoons wash the [email protected] off of 'em. That should tell you something.


Yup :-D
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Montana
 
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Reply Fri 27 Jul, 2007 05:53 pm
fishin wrote:
Walter Hinteler wrote:
If you freeze them, they shouldn't be washed - thus keeping their look, arome etc.


*nods* I do this with all fruit - if freezing they don't get washed. They get laid out on a cookie sheet and frozen then transferred into bags the next day (this stops them from sticking together!)

If eating right away I rinse and eat.


Thanks Fishin. This is where I'm confused about washing. Some say wash and dry, do the tray thing after they're dry, then freeze, but others say not to wash them before freezing, just like you said, but to wash them right after I take them out, while they're stiill frozen.

I'm so confused Confused
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ehBeth
 
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Reply Fri 27 Jul, 2007 07:19 pm
Don't wash them after they've been frozen, that's when you'll mess them up. You either wash them - gently - before you freeze them, or they don't get washed.

(and freezing won't necessarily kill all the ickies)
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Montana
 
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Reply Fri 27 Jul, 2007 07:28 pm
Ok, that's what I always did and I ended up doing (washing first) and they're drying now.

I always washed my fruit and berries and I only started this because my aunts insist I don't need to wash them.

Thanks everyone and here's some pics of todays pickin :-D

[img]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v623/gezzygirl/MVC-006F-2.jpg[/IMG]
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Montana
 
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Reply Fri 27 Jul, 2007 07:29 pm
[img]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v623/gezzygirl/MVC-007F-2.jpg[/IMG]
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fishin
 
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Reply Sat 28 Jul, 2007 03:56 am
Stupid dog woke me up at 5:30 this morning. How about some blueberry pancakes?? Razz (I'm hungry!)
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Joe Nation
 
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Reply Sat 28 Jul, 2007 04:33 am
I put a handfull of those blue orbs in my Shredded Wheat and Bran this morning.

Joe(sliced in a whole 'nanner too)Nation
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Doowop
 
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Reply Sat 28 Jul, 2007 05:51 am
You certainly have mighty fine berries, Montana.
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ehBeth
 
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Reply Sat 28 Jul, 2007 07:21 am
those berries look lovely - blueberry waffles would be nice right about now ...
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Miller
 
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Reply Sat 28 Jul, 2007 07:53 am
Re: Wild Blueberries. Wash or don't wash?
Montana wrote:
I'm lucky enough to have wild blueberries that grow along the woods beside my house that I pick and freeze enough for a year.

Some say I should wash them, while some insist I shouldn't. I found a web site that says if they're organic with no pesticides, no need to wash.

What are your thoughts?


I'd wash them. What if a dog, wild animal or even a human has unrinated on that wild blueberry bush?
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OGIONIK
 
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Reply Sat 28 Jul, 2007 08:03 am
blueberries,ARE QUITE SIMPLY ARE THE BOMB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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OGIONIK
 
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Reply Sat 28 Jul, 2007 08:04 am
I cant hide it, im extremely jealous of your blueberry bushes.
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Miller
 
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Reply Sat 28 Jul, 2007 08:15 am
And of course one must consider possible fungi growing on the berries, with their fuzzy little colonies... Cool
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Montana
 
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Reply Sat 28 Jul, 2007 11:11 am
fishin wrote:
Stupid dog woke me up at 5:30 this morning. How about some blueberry pancakes?? Razz (I'm hungry!)


Coming right up. Would you like maple syrup with that or would you prefer some home made jam?
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Montana
 
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Reply Sat 28 Jul, 2007 11:12 am
Joe Nation wrote:
I put a handfull of those blue orbs in my Shredded Wheat and Bran this morning.

Joe(sliced in a whole 'nanner too)Nation


I bet that was yummy :-D
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Montana
 
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Reply Sat 28 Jul, 2007 11:13 am
Doowop wrote:
You certainly have mighty fine berries, Montana.


Thank you very much. I'll be going back out shortly for another round :-D
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Montana
 
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Reply Sat 28 Jul, 2007 11:15 am
ehBeth wrote:
those berries look lovely - blueberry waffles would be nice right about now ...


Waffles it is :-D

<heats up the waffle grill>
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