How Long Do Blueberries Stay Good Refrigerated?

First organic blueberry picking
Baby’s first organic blueberry harvest! 💕

You’re in the right place if you’re wondering how long blueberries stay good if refrigerated. The good news is that with proper care, they last a long time!

At Chelan Ranch Organics we think blueberries are a delicious and nutritious fruit great for snacking on, adding to our morning cereal, or using in various recipes. However, like all fresh produce, blueberries have a limited shelf life.

Understanding Blueberry Shelf Life

Clamshell of blueberries
Our clamshells with the airholes firt nicely in the regerator’s produce drawer.

When stored properly, fresh blueberries can last in the refrigerator for 10-14 days. This duration can vary slightly depending on the freshness of the blueberries when purchased and how they are stored.

Tips for Storing Blueberries in the Refrigerator

Salad with blueberries
Our organic blueberries are delicious in a spinach feta salad.
  1. Inspect Before Storing: Before placing blueberries in the refrigerator, inspect them for any signs of mold or damage. Remove any spoiled berries to prevent them from affecting the rest.
  2. Keep Them Dry: Moisture can speed up blueberry spoilage. If you wash them before storing them, dry them thoroughly. It’s often best to wash blueberries just before eating them.
  3. Use Proper Containers: Store blueberries in their original packaging or a breathable container. Avoid airtight containers, as they can trap moisture and cause mold growth. Line it with paper towels to absorb excess moisture if using a container.
  4. Temperature Matters: Store blueberries in the refrigerator between 32-40°F (0-4°C). The crisper drawer is a good place, as it helps maintain the right humidity level for fruits and vegetables.

Signs That Blueberries Have Gone Bad

Even with proper storage, blueberries will eventually start to deteriorate. Here are some signs that your blueberries have gone bad:

  • Mold: Any visible mold growth means the blueberries should be discarded immediately.
  • Soft or Mushy Texture: Fresh blueberries should be firm and plump. They should be discarded if they become soft, mushy, or shriveled.
  • Off Smell: Fresh blueberries have a sweet, mild fragrance. They are no longer good to eat if they develop a sour or fermented smell.
  • Discoloration: If the blueberries have an unusual color or appear dull and lifeless, they may have spoiled.

Extending Blueberry Shelf Life

Blueberry pie from frozen blueberries
Pie made with frozen blueberries

Consider freezing your blueberries if you can’t consume them within the typical 10-14-day window. Frozen blueberries can last several months and are perfect for smoothies, baking, and other recipes.

  • How to Freeze Blueberries:
    • Rinse and dry the blueberries thoroughly.
    • Spread them in a single layer on a baking sheet to freeze individually.
    • Once frozen, transfer the berries to a freezer-safe bag or container.
    • Label the container with the date to know how long they’ve been stored.

Ongoing Inspections

Freshly picked organic blueberries
Quick inspections maximize blueberry shelf life!

When stored properly, refrigerated blueberries can last up to two weeks. Keeping them dry, inspecting them for damage, and using the right containers can help maximize their shelf life. Always be mindful of signs of spoilage, and consider freezing any blueberries you can’t use within the recommended timeframe. By following these tips, you can enjoy blueberries’ sweet and nutritious benefits for as long as possible.

Blueberries from Chelan Ranch Organics are excellent to begin with and come directly from the farm, ensuring you get the freshest and highest quality berries. This direct farm-to-table approach means you’re enjoying blueberries at their peak, with all their natural flavor and nutrition intact.