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what to do with a freezer full of wild blue berries

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j8715 Jun 24, 2011 12:46 PM

my brother is pretty serious about foraging for blue berries. he kayaks into a bog to get these tastey lil guys.

blueberry buckwheat pancakes are awesome, but i need more ideas.

what is your best blue berry recipe??

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  1. nofunlatte RE: j8715 Jun 24, 2011 02:49 PM

    Blueberry sauces are easy to make and you can freeze them. You can also try canning blueberry jam (last year I made some marvelous blueberry-peach jam, but the peaches were exceptionally delicious last year). BTW, blueberry sauce or jam can be used in fruity pork dishes. My sister made a simple pork tenderloin dish that used blueberry preserves.

    1. sunshine842 RE: j8715 Jun 24, 2011 03:01 PM

      You could make blueberry...

      ...muffins
      ...jam
      ...sauce
      ...syrup
      ...ice cream
      ...liqueurs
      ...pancakes
      ...smoothies
      ...pies
      ...leather

      You could also freeze them or dry them, too.

      I'm sure I've forgotten something....oh yes -- just eating them out of hand or in a bowl with a little cream poured over them!

      You could just send them to me and I'll take care of them for you.

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        nothingswrong RE: sunshine842 Jun 24, 2011 03:21 PM

        Sounds like they are already frozen, according to the title of the post!

        I second sunshine's suggestions... Baked goods are great with frozen berries--no need to thaw them before adding to batter. Many blueberry muffin recipes call for freezing berries beforehand to prevent them from getting mushy while stirring. The batter often turns blue/green with fresh. Tastes good, but not so pretty.

        You could also make scones. I love a simple scone base with frozen blueberries tossed in and a nice sprinkling of crunchy sugar on top before baking.

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          sunshine842 RE: nothingswrong Jun 25, 2011 12:16 AM

          and with very soft batters, I get better results by dipping the batter out first (pancakes or muffins) then adding the blueberries on top...then when they sink (as they will) they end up somewhere around the middle as it bakes. For big muffins, fill the tins halfway, add a few berries, then add the rest of the batter and a few more berries on top.

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          j8715 RE: sunshine842 Jun 25, 2011 02:45 PM

          leather????

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            nothingswrong RE: j8715 Jun 25, 2011 03:27 PM

            i think she means fruit leather :)

            like a fruit roll-up. but made of... fruit.

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              sunshine842 RE: nothingswrong Jun 25, 2011 03:42 PM

              yup.

              pureed fruit (sweetened a little if necessary) -- spread out on a sheet of waxed paper and dried in a dehydrator or a slow oven.

              Proven kid-pleaser.

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          calliope_nh RE: j8715 Jun 24, 2011 03:19 PM

          We picked so many wild blueberries last year I still hace about a cup full left. I use them on my cerial almost att the time, just shake them into the bowl first and microwave about 10 seconds to avoid frozen milk balls.

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            amitys RE: j8715 Jun 24, 2011 03:29 PM

            I work as a chef for a group home, and one time the school lunch program sent me three 40-lb giant cardboard boxes with garbage bags inside filled with frozen blueberries, completely unsolicited. I don't care for blueberries, but I've done blueberry syrup (easy peasy), plus the obvious muffin, pancakes, smoothies. I have also hidden small portions of them in other berry jams. I also thought of trying to incorporate it into a BBQ sauce, but I'm not sure how that would do. Good luck!

            1. chefathome RE: j8715 Jun 24, 2011 06:21 PM

              In addition to what has been mentioned:
              - coulis
              - chutney or relish
              - semi freddo with basil or lemon
              - frozen treats such as popsicles
              - tea
              - scones
              - mousse
              - cold blueberry soup
              - compote
              - vinaigrette
              - vinegar (I love to make blueberry mint)
              - blueberry BBQ sauce or ketchup (fab with duck and lamb)

              1. ipsedixit RE: j8715 Jun 24, 2011 09:47 PM

                Add them to risotto.

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                  j8715 RE: ipsedixit Jun 25, 2011 02:42 PM

                  interesting.

                  serve with?? pork?

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                    ipsedixit RE: j8715 Jun 25, 2011 09:35 PM

                    I paired with braised osso bucco.

                2. roxlet RE: j8715 Jun 25, 2011 05:04 AM

                  Frozen wild blueberries make a fine pie, and there is no need to defrost them first.

                  1. greygarious RE: j8715 Jun 25, 2011 10:43 AM

                    For whatever reason, my German-born mother made blueberry crepes as lunch at least one Sunday per month. I have no idea why, since everything else she cooked was definitely a "square meal". Just blueberries (canned or fresh) cooked with cornstarch, and sweetened.
                    That uses up a lot of berries.

                    I prefer them fresh to cooked so besides eating them out of hand, I load jello with them. Blueberries, sliced kiwi, and halved seedless green grapes plus a little sugar make a beautiful, jewel-like fruit salad.

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                      j8715 RE: j8715 Jun 25, 2011 02:41 PM

                      thanks.

                      i had forgotten about scones and i make some tastey ones. the round kind, not the triangle kind.

                      i was looking more for specifics though or unusual ideas.

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