Way back, over a year ago, we went blueberry picking. I froze a ton of the berries to use in recipes and slowly began using them up and posting the recipes here.
|Since I knew there was no way we could consume all 17 pounds of berries before they went bad, I vacuum-sealed them (love my gizmo for this), all measured out and labeled for each recipe before sticking them in the freezer.|
Then lightning struck our happy home.
And our freezer got zapped.
And I suddenly had to make everything that was in the freezer, because I didn't want to lose all that food.
I actually managed to save all the food and even cooked and baked up all the dishes I'd planned to use the frozen blueberries in, but with all the hubbub and craziness, I only had time to snap quick, sub par photos and scribble down a few notes as quick drafts for the recipe posts.
Well, it's blueberry season again here and while we decided not to engage in any picking ourselves this year, I did discover all those blueberry recipes just sitting and gathering dust in my drafts folder - and while the photos leave a lot to be desired (maybe next year we'll go pick berries again and I can update them all), the recipes are still just as tasty.
So, here are ten creative mouth-watering dishes for you to try that will help you out after your own blueberry picking adventure (click on the titles to get the recipes):
Bewitching Blueberry Crumb Bars
I just realized that I'd never written the post for these bars or the cobbler that follows, so I'll include their recipes here:
What You Need:1/2 cup honey
1 teaspoon baking powder (are you making your own yet?)
3 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup cold butter, cubed
1/4 teaspoon salt
zest & juice from one lemon
4 cups blueberries
4 teaspoons arrowroot
What You Do:1. Mix honey, baking powder and flour together in a medium bowl. Then add in the salt and lemon zest.
2. Cut the butter and egg into that mixture (it will be crumbly) and smoosh half of it into a 9 x 13 pan.
3. Stir together the berries and arrowroot in another bowl (if you like things sweet, you might want to add some sugar, but we think the berries are sweet enough) and then pour that over the crust.
4. Crumble the rest of the flour mixture over the berries and bake for 60 minutes at 375 degrees.
Brash Blueberry Cobbler
What You Need:5 cups blueberries
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup cold butter, cubed
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder (are you making your own yet?)
pinch of salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
What You Do:1. Toss the berries with the sugar and pour into an 8-inch baking dish.
2. Pulse the flour, baking powder and salt in a food processor until combined, then add the butter and pulse again until the mixture is crumbly.
3. Beat in the egg and vanilla by hand and then drop onto the berry mixture.
4. Bake for 45 minutes at 375 degrees.
Believe it or not, many of these ideas came from some I'd already tried after we went strawberry picking. Read all about great sweet & savory strawberry suggestions here.
Have you ever picked more blueberries than you'd planned and don't know what to do with them, besides make muffins and pancakes? Which idea intrigues you the most? Can you think of any others to try? I'd love to hear! Leave a comment here or email me at lisahealy (at) outlook (dot) com.
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