When to wash blueberries for long-term freshness

Purchase Quality Blueberries:  Select plump, firm blueberries with a vibrant color. Avoid containers with moldy or squashed berries.

Inspect Before Washing:  Before washing blueberries, remove any stems or damaged berries. Discard any moldy or spoiled berries to prevent them from affecting the others.

Wash Just Before Use:  To extend the shelf life of blueberries, it's best to wash them just before consuming or using them in recipes. Washing them too far in advance can introduce excess moisture, which may accelerate spoilage.

Gentle Rinse:  When ready to wash, place the blueberries in a colander and rinse them under cold running water. Gently swish the berries around to remove any dirt or debris.

Drain Excess Water:  After rinsing, allow the blueberries to drain thoroughly in the colander. Avoid letting them sit in standing water, as excess moisture can lead to mold growth.

Pat Dry:  If desired, gently pat the blueberries dry with paper towels to remove any remaining moisture. Be careful not to crush the berries during this process.

Use Within a Few Days:  Despite proper washing and storage, blueberries have a limited shelf life. Try to use them within a few days for the best flavor and texture. If not consumed within this time frame, consider freezing them for longer-term storage.