What I love:
Freeze Dried Blueberries make my “top 5 favorite freeze dried fruit” list. My kids love them, I love them. They are fabulous. A few reasons:
- At $1.72 per 6 oz pint, they are less expensive than fresh or frozen blueberries. (I can occasionally get a fresh 6 oz pkg for $1.50, but not all year long!)
- They are easier to use in baking than frozen or canned blueberries
- They turn your mouth blue when you eat them right out of the can my kids LOVE it, and it makes eating them so fun!
Based off the top 10 health benefits of blueberries from Women’s Fitness
- Promote the immune system and neutralize free radicals that affect aging (b/c they are full of more antioxidants than any other fruit!)
- Promote urinary tract health
- Help reduce belly fat!
- Preserve vision
- Keep your brain healthy by preventing and healing neurotic disorders
- Dissolve “bad cholesterol”
- Improve digestion
- Reduce cancer risks
- Work as an antidepressant
After reading that list, is there anyone who wouldn’t want to eat a good amount of this fabulous fruit? Remember, the freeze dried version still has all the nutrient of fresh blueberries!
- 1/2 cup freeze dried = about 3/4 cup fresh (one 6 oz pkg). I figure this out by counting the number of blueberries in each.
- When baking, you do not need to hydrate them first, just add 1 T. water for every 1/4 – 1/3 cup dry blueberries. Then, let the batter sit for 10-15 minutes before baking. I’ve found that using this method make the blueberries “leak” their blue color less than canned or frozen blueberries. For example:
- If a recipe called for 1 cup fresh blueberries, that is equivalent to about 2/3 cup dry blueberries. So, I would add the 2/3 cup blueberries plus 2 T water, mix the batter and let it sit for 10-15 minutes before baking. The blueberries will absorb the extra water and your muffins (or whatever) will bake up just fine!
- If you prefer to hydrate them first, simply soak 1 cup blueberries in 1 c up water (or 1/2 cup in 1/2 cup) for 5-10 minutes and then drain.
Here are a few recipes to try your freeze dried blueberries in:
|Upside Down Blueberry Cheesecake|
|Whole Wheat Blueberry Muffins|