Blueberries 101: Storage and Serving Success

Cal Giant | July 6, 2021

At California Giant Berry Farms, our farmers grow berries with pride and lots of love. This July, we celebrate National Blueberry Month by sharing the berry best blueberry tips. Plus, we’re in the kitchen making some of our favorite blueberry recipes!

How to Select Blueberries

When shopping for blueberries at your favorite retailer, choose berries that are bright blue in color with a powdery layer, that are firm to the touch. Blueberries don't ripen after they're harvested, so pick berries that are ripe and ready to eat!

Did You Know?

Our growers hand-pick each berry and place them directly into the recyclable containers you pick up at the grocery store.


How to Store Blueberries

Blueberries can last up to two weeks if refrigerated and kept dry, so be sure to not wash until ready to serve. When you’re ready to eat, just rinse your berries under cool water and enjoy! Don’t forget, you can always freeze fresh blueberries. If you are unable to finish those sweet blues, toss them into the freezer and use them later for smoothies or baked goods.

Did You Know?

Many of our blueberry fields are Bee Better Certified. This means that we take extra steps to promote pollinator habitats and mitigate the risks of pesticides that harm those habitats.


What to Make with Blueberries

Gluten-Free Blueberry Chocolate Chip Cookies

Fresh blueberries are the star of the show in these gluten-free cookies! These goodies are crunchy on the outside, chewy on the inside, and bursting with irresistible blueberry flavor.

blueberry chocolate chip cookies

Pro tip: Create ice cream sandwiches by placing a scoop of your favorite vanilla ice cream between two of these Gluten-Free Blueberry Chocolate Chip Cookies for a refreshing summer treat. 

Pan Seared Snapper with Blueberry Chimichurri

A fresh chimichurri is a simple way to spruce up proteins and add dynamic flavors to a dish. Elevate this Pan Seared Snapper with sweet and savory blueberry chimichurri and it’ll surely become a regular on the menu.

Pan Seared Snapper

Pro tip: Serve over a bed of rice pilaf or creamy polenta for a well-rounded meal.

Blueberry Hummus

Put a berry twist on a classic appetizer and snack with Blueberry Hummus! Create a colorful spread with a beautiful bowl at the center. Be sure to make plenty - this dish will go fast!

Blueberry-HummusPro Tip: Get creative with the arrangement! This recipe is so versatile that it can be served with foods of all colors - bell peppers, carrots, grapes, even chocolate!


Which recipe will you make first? Let us know below.


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