Make the best of the blueberry season with my favorite Blueberry Recipes. I’m sharing delicious blueberry desserts, baked treats, breakfast ideas, and more. Plus, handy tips for picking and storing fresh blueberries!
22 Best Recipes to Make With Blueberries
The one time of the year I look forward to more than the holiday season? Berry season! Summertime is when many of my favorite ingredients come out to play. After sharing my favorite Strawberry Recipes, I figured it was blueberries’ turn in the spotlight.
Ah, fresh blueberries. You can bake them into delicious desserts, turn them into sauces, freeze them for later, or devour them by the handful. There are an infinite number of ways to enjoy seasonal blueberries. I’m here to try them ALL. I’m also sharing all my best tips for choosing and storing blueberries. Let’s get into it!
Why You’ll Love These Blueberry Recipes
- Variety. I’ve rounded up mouthwatering blueberry desserts, breakfast recipes, and baked treats to try. From cobblers to cakes and crumbles, all you need is a scoop of homemade ice cream.
- Easy to make. Who doesn’t love a delicious dessert recipe that’s also simple to make? These blueberry recipes are approachable and beginner-friendly.
- Fresh or frozen. The blueberry recipes below taste incredible when they’re made with fresh blueberries. However, many turn out perfectly delicious with frozen blueberries, too. Enjoy your favorites all year round!
When Are Blueberries in Season?
In the US, blueberry season falls between April and September. The peak months vary by state, but this is when the blueberries that you find in the stores and at your local farmer’s market will be at their best ripeness and juiciness.
Tips for Choosing the Best Blueberries
Same as with picking the best strawberries, there are some tell-tale signs that indicate you’re getting the best blueberries for your buck. Whether you’re picking them right from the plant or selecting blueberries at the store, here are my tips for picking perfect ripe blueberries:
- Look for dry, plump, and smooth berries that are dark blue or purple in color. It’s normal to see blueberries with a silvery film/coating.
- Try to find blueberries that are even in size.
- Avoid blueberries that are shriveled or wrinkled.
- Avoid reddish-colored berries, as these are underripe and blueberries won’t ripen further once they’re off the bush.
The best way to tell is by their appearance. Sweet, juicy blueberries will be plump, firm, and darker in color. Usually, the darker blue the berry is, the sweeter it is.
Yes, fresh blueberries should be refrigerated. Properly storing your blueberries is key to keeping them fresh, see the section below for storage tips.
I prefer to buy fresh blueberries locally when they’re in season. They always taste the best! That being said, it’s fairly easy to find imported berries year-round in most places. You can also make many of the recipes below with frozen blueberries.
Blueberries that have gone off will be soft or mushy to the touch, with signs of discoloration or bruising. Make sure to pick out blueberries that show mold, leaky juices, or signs of decay so that they don’t spoil the rest of the pack.
How to Store Fresh Blueberries
Leave fresh blueberries unwashed for storage. Washing them breaks their natural protective barrier and leads to moisture, which can cause the berries to spoil faster. Store your clamshell of blueberries in the fridge as soon as you’re back from the store, and don’t leave them at room temperature for too long.
Store hand-picked blueberries in a single layer, in a shallow container lined with paper towels. I recommend using additional paper towels in between layers if needed. Cover the container loosely and refrigerate the blueberries for up to 1-2 weeks.
Freezing is a great way to ensure that you have real, fresh blueberries on hand all year round. Spread out your blueberries on a parchment-lined baking sheet, cover them with foil, and pre-freeze them prior to storing.
Once the berries are frozen, transfer them to an airtight container or freezer bag. They will keep fresh for up to 6-8 months in the freezer. Thaw blueberries overnight in the fridge before using them.
My Best Blueberry Recipes
These recipes really blue me away the first time I made them. I’m all about revisiting these bright and zesty blueberry recipes every summer when blueberries come into season. I can’t wait for you to try them, let me know your favorites!
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