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Aug 25, 2007 11:08 AM

Lots of berries what to do?

Just got four boxes of rasberries and one of black berries at the farmers' market, too much of a good buy to resist. Now I have to figure out what to do with them, they won't keep beyond tomorrow. Any suggestions not involving using the oven would be appreciated.

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  1. Crush them up a little bit so you've got plenty of juice but still some whole berries as well, pour in ice cube trays and freeze. These are wonderful all times of years in lemonade, limeade, cocktails, smoothies, even just club soda or regular coke. Or you can just pop a whole one in your mouth for a mini popsicle! If you save some for winter you'll have a nice reminder of fresh summer fruit, too.

    1. Throw them in the blender with some bananas and frozen yogurt, honey and a little mil. Blend, drink. enjoy.

      Freeze them in a single layer on a cookie sheet and store them for later.

      Toss them on a salad made of spinach, and thinly sliced red onion Dress with a simple balsamic vinegarette.

      Pour 2 cups of good balsamic vinegar, 1/2 cup of berries and 1/2 cup of red wine into a saucepan. reduce on medium until syrupy. Strain, put into a jar. Use as a topping for ice cream or spongecake.

      Bend them into a juice in a blender, strain the seeds out. try to get about two cups. make a simple syrup by boiing equal parts water and sugar till dissolved. Say 1/2 cup of each. let cool. Pour in two cups of the berry juice. Pour into a shallow pan and put in the freezer. In an hour, run a fork through it. do this every 1/2 hour for about 5 hours. ta daa! Granita! Serve in martini glasses topped with extra berries.

      I would freeze some, and use some tonight.

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      1. re: Diana

        Second the granita idea, or make popsicles.

        I'd freeze some to add to smoothies or shakes.

        Simmer some down w/ or w/o a little sugar and add to your batches of morning oatmeal.

        Muffins, then freeze them.

      2. Do a peach melba type of thing with the raspberries on top...Put them in your yogurt, or on top of cereal....Sweetened just over good vanilla icecream would be tasty...

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        1. re: jinet12

          I would make jam out of them or freeze them for the winter.

        2. berry puree for pancakes, ice cream, poundcake, french toast, etc.
          freezes beautifully but I'm betting it won't last long!