Sunday, July 22, 2012

Blueberry Season Recipes & Suggestions

Blueberry Picking
It's blueberry season around here. We go to the the Sugar Shack between Keuka and Canandaigua lakes. It's a great activity for all ages. We picked a couple of pounds. That's a whole lot of fun for only $5.40.

Sarah asked me on the way home what do we do with all to the blueberries we pick each year. Here are my suggestions:
Eat as many as you can right away.  Pop a warm blueberry in your mouth and enjoy the sunny, sweet squish!
Wash and pick through them to remove stems and green berries. Lay them out in the sun to dry, then freeze them in a single layer to keep the berries from sticking together. Freeze, then put them in plastic bags, and return to the freezer to use on cereal, on ice cream or in recipes.
Make blueberry muffins for breakfast, and a batch for the freezer.  They freeze well.  These are jumbo size, but you can make bite-size ones too.  See The Best Blueberry Muffins recipe.
Make blueberry waffles for breakfast.  Tom adds them to the batter in the waffle maker at the last minute.
Make blueberry syrup to offer as an alternative to maple.  It's wonderful, if you've never tried it.  Bring 3 cups of blueberries and 1/2 to 1 cup of sugar to a boil, and cook until the blueberries are smooth and syrupy. Add a pinch of salt (1/8 t.) and grated lemon rind (use the rind of a whole large lemon).  Use right away or pour into a jar with a lid and keep in the refrigerator.
Make a Lemon Pound Cake to serve with fresh berries, and/or the syrup.  See Lemon Pound cake recipe.
Make Emily's Blueberry Cobbler recipe.
Make Christine and Chelsea's Easy Peach and Blueberry Cobbler.
Make Christine's Blueberry Peach Custard Pie.
Make Colleen's Rapture Lemon Bars, and use blueberries instead of raspberries.
Make a Lemon Tart with Fresh Blueberries on top.

What do you make with fresh blueberries?

I'm thinking I will try making blueberry jelly or jam this summer.  My uncle, Bud, used to make jelly and give me a jar when I'd see him.  It was such a nice gift.

If you have a recipe or technique to share, please do!   Just email me or leave a comment below.

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