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zachmiller
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07/11/2019 12:27PM
This may be a silly question as I know how to pick and consume blueberries; but if one were to want to gather them over the course of a 5-day trip coming up, are there any tips as to how to deal w/ getting them home safe, fresh, etc? Or is waiting to hunt for them best just left till we're ready to leave? All the posts I've seen here are just regarding locations.

I've only ever just stuck them directly in my mouth or into oatmeal, but the stars are lining up for us to be up there in the right time/location so a proper harvest might be in order.

Thanks and hope everyone's summer paddling/fishing's been great!
Z
 
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AmarilloJim
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07/11/2019 01:11PM
As long as they are not in the sun they should last a week or 2
 
07/11/2019 01:44PM
A few years ago I filled a couple wide mouth nalgene with them and they were fine when I got home 4 days later.
 
zachmiller
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07/11/2019 02:41PM
Awesome. So bring some good containers, some bug spray, and just go wild. I like it!

Thanks. Consider this case closed.
 
07/12/2019 07:16AM
The next week is going to be hot! It will be harder to keep them cool. I like the nalgene idea because you could possibly keep them in the water if that isn’t too warm.
 
old_salt
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07/12/2019 07:22AM
I use it gallon zip bag.
 
prettypaddle
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07/12/2019 08:01AM
And to prevent mold, make sure they berries are completely dry before storing them away.
 
TuscaroraBorealis
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07/12/2019 10:20AM
Granite River area.
 
07/12/2019 10:47AM
I was able to get a 4 quart pot home and lasted about a week in 2016 before it started to smell kind of sour. We didn't do much to protect or cool them other than keeping covered and protected in the canoe and car ride home.

We picked on our last full day in the park, which was about 48 hours before we got home.
 
07/12/2019 10:50AM
Also, bring pancake mix.
 
zachmiller
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07/12/2019 11:32AM
mirth: "Also, bring pancake mix. "

We're debating whether or not to bring the dutch oven since we're going to be on the numbered lakes w/ a few kids (aka pack mules) and only a couple portages. Do you think a slow-cooked blueberry cobbler would taste good after a fish fry?

Also debating bringing the dry-ice/cooler again so we can have ice cream on day 4. Do you think ice cream would taste good on the blueberry cobbler?

Thanks for the help everyone!

 
paddlinjoe
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07/12/2019 01:00PM
My mouth watered at the question about blueberry cobbler, so I think that's a yes. As for the icecream, neat idea and fun to do. If you want to save weight, you could do freeze dried "astronaut" icecreatm instead. Not cheap, but it would save a good bit of weight.
 
zachmiller
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07/12/2019 01:36PM
paddlinjoe: "My mouth watered at the question about blueberry cobbler, so I think that's a yes. As for the icecream, neat idea and fun to do. If you want to save weight, you could do freeze dried "astronaut" icecreatm instead. Not cheap, but it would save a good bit of weight. "

1. We're bringing 3 boys ages 6-13. Pack mules. Weight isn't a thing ;)

2. Astronaut ice cream is good though - it's kinda like if lucky charms marshmallows were a dessert on their own...in a good way of course.

3. There's a technique to using dry ice, but if anyone's interested I can give them the rundown. Essentially, you're using dry ice to keep real ice alive and well. That in turn, along with a towel or two if needed, serves as your barrier between food and the -300 degree temps sitting at the bottom of the cooler. Ratio is trial and error depending on your cooler, but when you figure it out, you get to have ice cubes in your bloody marys after you come back from the early morning fishing...every day...not just the first couple!

Again - thanks to everyone for the blueberry techniques. Hoping to snag a few for now and a few more for later and I hope all ya'll get to do the same!
 
07/15/2019 04:49PM
I think you'd be hard pressed to find an argument against blueberry cobbler.
 
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