An Abundance of Blueberries


I recently was
given massive amounts of blueberries - 
my grandparents own an organic blueberry farm in west Tennessee and apparently
they have more than they can handle this year. So my sweet, darling grandmother
decided to send me over 4 gallons in the mail and they surprisingly all made
it. However, I have to confess, for a girl that was raised with endless amounts of blueberries each year, I don’t really like to eat blueberries plain. I
prefer them in smoothies, pies, cobblers, muffins, etc. The great thing is, they freeze well and there are so many different things you can do with them.
Here are a few ways I found to use excess amounts of blueberries:

First, I gave over
a gallon away. Then I decided to freeze some and save them for future baking
and smoothie blending endeavors. Here are some tips to consider when freezing
your blueberries (courtesy of my grandmother, Lois, The Blueberry Queen):


  1. Do not wash the
    blueberries before freezing! This causes them to get soggy and start to
    deteriorate more quickly before they are fully frozen.
  2. Cover baking
    sheets with aluminum foil or wax paper beforehand to avoid staining them like I
    did with purple blueberry juice.
  3. Spread the
    blueberries out on baking sheets and allow them to freeze individually before
    placing them all together in a bag or container. This takes time and you may
    have to do it in batches, but it is worth it because you don’t want them
    freezing in a massive blueberry blob.

Frozen-blueberries 

 

Next, I decided to
find something delicious that I could make out of the berries right away and I
decided on a
Blueberry Crisp á La Mode. It’s easy, delicious, and uses staple
ingredients that I already have in my pantry. It also doesn’t take up too much time
in the oven during these blazing hot summer months.


Berry-crisp
Finally with my
leftover 2 gallons in the freezer, I found some new and creative recipes in
which to utilize my blueberries. Here are some things I found:

Blueberry Smoothie

Blueberry-smoothie
 

Blueberry Ice
Cubes

Blueberry ice cubes-l
 

Lemon Blueberry
Ice Cream Cupcakes

Lemon-cupcakes

Blueberry and
Blackberry Galette with Cornmeal Crust

 
Blueberry-galette-ck-1816371-l

Blueberry-Peach
Cobbler

Peach-blueberry-cobbler
 

And there’s plenty
more where that came from. For more great blueberry recipes, click here.

15 Fresh Blueberry
Recipe
s

7 ways with
Blueberries

 


COMMENTS

  1. Derrick

    That blueberry crisp looks amazing. Blueberry ice cubes are a very good idea. I wonder how my kids would take that.

    August 14, 2010 at 8:40 am

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