Wednesday, July 29, 2009

A Blueberry Gold Mine

Our family's chance at blueberries (blue gold) this year could have been bleak. Very bleak. As in no blueberries bleak since our local blueberry farm had a dismal crop.


Instead, we find ourselves in quite the opposite situation. My great Uncle (when he was still living) owned a beautiful farm. It was the farm where he and my Grandma grew up. The farm is still in the family, though the farmhouse is rented out. Back behind the white farmhouse, behind the big, old, red barn (I love barns) lies a wonderful blueberry patch that my great uncle planted years and years ago. Many people in the family know about this patch and many of them share it's location with friends along with the invitation to come pick, but still the berries hang on in bunches- many more than get picked each year (or eaten by the birds). Every summer my parents pick blueberries here and they, along with others, help to maintain it.


We deliberately added a day to our recent trip for the sole purpose of picking blueberries. Last year, I picked 11 quarts from a local farm. I thought 11 quarts would be enough if I rationed them, but I was wrong. We love blueberries. We use them in baked oatmeal, pancakes, muffins, desserts, on ice cream and eaten fresh or frozen on their own.



This year? We surpassed our 11 quarts by picking 44 (quarts). My mom and dad helped (thank you!). Miriam slept in the baby carrier worn by my mom. Sam picked some, ate some and then played in the van. Sadie picked some, ate handfuls (sometimes directly from the large broilers of already picked blueberries) and sang 'Deep and Wide' with my Dad over the bushes.


We laid the blueberries out overnight so they could ripen a bit more. Although this doesn't seem like it will make much of a difference, it does cause the bluish-purple almost ripe berries to ripen up fully.


Freezing Blueberries

Lay blueberries out on trays no more than two or three layers deep for one to two days to allow them to all ripen fully. If I know they haven't been sprayed, I place the ripened blueberries directly into plastic containers and freeze.

If need be, place them into a colander and run water over them to rinse them. Allow them to drain. Spread them out on clean dish towels so they dry a bit, then fill your containers. Use them directly from the freezer in baked goods (including pancakes). No need to thaw them. Pin It

3 comments:

  1. You can never have enough blueberries.....I stashed enough away this year for 6 blueberry pies and some more to snack on..... I love eating frozen blueberries. *Totally unrelated but I noticed you don't have a zucchini bread recipe listed.... I need one... are you making some z bread anytime soon....are you planing to share the recipe? Please?

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  2. Dearest Mavis, Click on the picture of the red raspberries to be taken to my Recipes by Ingredient. Under Zucchini I have a link to my favorite zucchini bread recipe:-). I hope you love it!

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  3. Seriously, I thought I looked under zucchini....what else would I have looked under? It amazes me that I can even dress myself :)Thanks for the recipe.... I will try it later this week

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