How to Freeze Huckleberries

Overview

After harvesting an abundant huckleberry crop, one of the simplest methods to preserve the surplus is by freezing. The skins of wild huckleberries often tear during picking, which accelerates the spoilage. To avoid losing the huckleberries, freeze as soon as possible what you don't immediately use. Add frozen huckleberries to pancake and muffin recipes. One method of tenderizing the skin is to steam the unfrozen berries for two to three minutes. Steaming will also improve their flavor, according to food and nutrition specialist Barbara Willenberg.

Step 1

Wash your hands with soap and water, rinse and dry.

Step 2

Rinse the huckleberries in cold water to wash.

Step 3

Inspect the huckleberries and remove defective or unripe berries and leaves. Plan to freeze ripe berries, as opposed to immature or overripe huckleberries.

Step 4

Dry the huckleberries on a paper towel.

Step 5

Cover a cookie sheet with wax paper and arrange the dried huckleberries on the wax paper and freeze.

Step 6

Fill a freezer container or freezer bag with the berries, leaving no headroom. Seal bag or place lid on container. Remove as much of the air from the bag as possible.

Step 7

Place the container in the freezer. Wash the huckleberries prior to using.

Tips and Warnings

  • Don't freeze wet huckleberries because they will stick together.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper towel
  • Cookie sheet
  • Wax paper
  • Freezer bag or container

References

  • National Center for Food Home Preservation: Freezing blueberries or huckleberries
  • University of Missouri Extension: Quality for Keeps: Freezing Unusual Fruits and Vegetables
  • University of Idaho: Growing Western Huckleberries
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About this Author

Ann Johnson has been a freelance writer since 1995. She previously served as the editor of a community magazine in Southern California and was also an active real estate agent, specializing in commercial and residential properties. She has a Bachelor of Arts in communications from California State University of Fullerton.