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Back to School Breakfasts with Blueberries

By Emily |

This past weekend we spent a few hours at a local, organic u-pick blueberry farm, picking some delicious blueberries in the sweltering heat. The kids got whiny after about 20 minutes, and ended up eating almost all of the blueberries that actually made it into their buckets. But, we had a good time as a family, and most importantly, we came home with 17 pounds (7 we picked, 10 we bought pre-picked) of blueberries.

Over the next few days, we’ll eat our weight in blueberries, and enjoy some tasty blueberry muffins, pancakes, and cobbler.

The remainder of our blueberries though will get washed and frozen to eat throughout the rest of the year.

We freeze our blueberries by laying them out in a single layer on a cookie sheet and flash freezing them, and then transferring them to quart-sized Ziploc freezer bags to store in our deep freezer.

The great thing about freezing your own berries is not only that you get to eat local produce even when it is no longer in season, but also that it saves so much money over buying frozen berries at the grocery store, especially organic frozen berries. And we love to use the berries all year long in many different ways, but our favorite is to make before school breakfasts fast, easy and of course, delicious.

My daughter goes back to school in a little over a month, and that means it’s time to start planning for ways to get up and out the door with as little fuss as possible. Having quick, easy and healthy breakfasts is an important start to the day before school.

Frozen blueberries are so easy to grab out of the freezer and throw into smoothies, on top of oatmeal or yogurt with granola, or use in quick blueberry pancakes, adding a healthy dose of vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants that the berries provide. And my kids absolutely love them.

And I love the money I save on fresh, local, organic berries that I can freeze at home.

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Emily writes about green and natural living at Live Renewed.
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Emily McClements is passionate about caring for creation while saving money at the same time. She is a blessed wife and mama to three young children, and blogs about her family's journey toward natural and green living on a budget at Live Renewed. Read bio and latest posts → Read Emily's latest posts →

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0 thoughts on “Back to School Breakfasts with Blueberries

  1. Jodi says:

    My son LOVES blueberries. I’ve never seen any child love a fruit/veggie so much. This is such a good tip for keeping them longer! I’m definitely going to just buy out the store the next time they’re on sale!

  2. Marilyn says:

    My kids looove blueberries and I always have a bag in our freezer (though I have to admit they’re store bought). I put them in their oatmeal every morning! The juice that comes out when they’re heated makes the oatmeal purple, which my daughters absolutely love haha

  3. georgiapeach says:

    I have honestly never tried freezing my own blueberries, though if it will save me money on frozen berries I will have to give it a try!

  4. kathryn says:

    buying packaged (especially organic!) frozen berries can really add up!

  5. Marie Hunt says:

    I highly recommend going to a u-pick farm if there are any in your area. You get such great produce and my kids had a blast!

  6. Lucy says:

    I do this too! I have been stocking up on seasonal fruits all summer with the intent of freezing them so we can enjoy our favorites all winter long :)

  7. Kristy says:

    Mmm.. my favorite fruit! You’ve inspired me to hit up the farmer’s market this weekend

  8. Katie says:

    This reminds me that I have a carton of frozen blueberries in my freezer. It’s smoothie time!

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