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2014/09/12 20:34:29 (permalink)

I have a ton of blueberries!!

What are some of your best ideas for using blueberries?  I went a little crazy at the farmers market and bought 4 big containers.  The ones I have are a little sour and I guess they are better cooked than eaten by hand. I have one blueberry muffin recipe that I got from my aunt about 3 decades ago. So I am open to new ideas! 
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    Re: I have a ton of blueberries!! 2014/09/12 22:02:18 (permalink)
    Combine with vanilla ice cream to make a great blueberry shake.
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    Re: I have a ton of blueberries!! 2014/09/12 23:21:35 (permalink)
    We mix them with Blackberries/raspberries/strawberries or almost any other berry in pies and preserves. Mix a little sugar and lemon juice with a quart baggie and freeze them, they last ages as long as you use them in cooked form when you thaw them out.
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    Re: I have a ton of blueberries!! 2014/09/12 23:43:02 (permalink)
    I have a killer recipe (given to me by my former m-I-l).  This works for ANY berries and also peaches.  So far this summer I have made 3 peach pies and 2 blueberry pies.
    You need one baked bottom pie crust.
    For the filling:
    4 cups berries or sliced peaches
    1 C water
    1 C sugar
    3 T cornstarch
     
    Take ONE cup of the berries or peaches and combine with water, sugar and cornstarch in a pot.  Bring to a boil.  Pour over the remaining 3 C berries or peaches.  Combine well.  Pour into baked pie shell and refrigerate.  Top with whipped cream (the real stuff).  Easy and the fresh fruit really shines through. 
    I forgot.  I also made two strawberry pies!
    post edited by lleechef - 2014/09/13 13:22:05
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    Re: I have a ton of blueberries!! 2014/09/13 07:40:00 (permalink)
    Lisa-that sounds easy! Even I could do that!
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    Re: I have a ton of blueberries!! 2014/09/13 08:38:53 (permalink)
    They also freeze real well. I lay them on sheet pans in the freezer, so they freeze IQF. We put them in Pies and I eat them with Granola and yogurt. We used to make a blueberry coffee cake at our restaurant, I'll see if I can find it......
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    Re: I have a ton of blueberries!! 2014/09/13 13:20:13 (permalink)
    ann peeples
    Lisa-that sounds easy! Even I could do that!


    It's super easy......that's why I make them.  You can even buy a frozen pie crust and just bake it off if you want (I make my own).
    I forgot to add that MH adamantly proclaimed, "I do NOT like blueberries!"  I told him, that's OK, it's our neighbor's favorite food so I'm making the pie to split with Susie.  I sent half across the street and as I was digging into a piece, MH asked for a bite.  Yeah.  Right.  Guess who ate the last piece of blueberry pie??? 
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    Re: I have a ton of blueberries!! 2014/09/13 16:25:04 (permalink)
    Make a blueberry crisp! How about making blueberry jam or jelly? Or blueberry sauce to use over pancakes or ice cream. Or blueberry pancakes for breakfast or supper. I used to buy a 10 or 20 pound flat of Maine wild blueberries every late July and freeze them. That's about 7 or 14 quarts of berries. I would freeze them in measured amounts--cups and quarts. Here's a link to one of Maine's biggest producers of berries--Wyman's--with all sorts of recipes. http://www.wymans.com/recipes
     
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    Re: I have a ton of blueberries!! 2014/09/13 16:28:53 (permalink)
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    I forgot to add that MH adamantly proclaimed, "I do NOT like blueberries!"  I told him, that's OK, it's our neighbor's favorite food so I'm making the pie to split with Susie.  I sent half across the street and as I was digging into a piece, MH asked for a bite.  Yeah.  Right.  Guess who ate the last piece of blueberry pie??? 

     MH just hadn't met the right piece of blueberry pie!
    post edited by JB-ME - 2014/09/13 17:18:29
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    Re: I have a ton of blueberries!! 2014/09/13 16:37:23 (permalink)
    A cup of blueberries (or more) added to banana bread is wonderful! And those can be easily frozen for future yummies/gifts
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    Re: I have a ton of blueberries!! 2014/09/13 17:15:35 (permalink)
    I thought I'd also share a recipe I've been making for many years. I think it was a Pillsbury contest winner a long time ago that I've adapted a bit.
    Blueberry Boy Bait
    Cake batter:
    2 c flour
    1 1/2 c sugar
    2 t baking powder
    1 t salt
    2/3 c butter or margarine, softened
    1 c milk
    2 eggs

    Topping:
    2 c Maine blueberries (the original amount was only 1 cup)
    1/4 c sugar
    1/2 t cinnamon

    In large mixing bowl, combine all the cake batter ingredients.  Blend on low speed, mixing just enough to moisten dry ingredients.  Then beat at medium speed for 3 minutes.  Pour into a greased and floured 9 x 13 pan.  Sprinkle blueberries evenly over top.  In small mixing bowl, mix sugar and cinnamon.  Sprinkle cinnamon topping over blueberries. Bake at 350 for 40-50 minutes, or until cake springs back when lightly touched.  Cut in squares and serve warm or cold with whipped cream, Cool Whip, vanilla or blueberry ice cream, or just plain. Needs no frosting.

    I've also made this with strawberries halved or quartered, depending on their size. I left out the cinnamon with the strawberries.
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    Re: I have a ton of blueberries!! 2014/09/13 17:27:31 (permalink)
    It seems terribly obvious to suggest pancakes but I will go ahead. "Boy Bait' above sounds much like the Buckle recipe we made from my mother's BC Picture cookbook except you mix the berries into the batter and make a streusel from butter, brown sugar and cinnamon for the topping. Also, I've never tried it, but I have heard of adding the berries to cornbread. Anyone for cheesecake?
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    Re: I have a ton of blueberries!! 2014/09/13 22:33:30 (permalink)
    Saute some of the berries with some cut up strawberries and blackberries with butter and honey. Serve as a topping over cheesecake or ice cream.
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    Re: I have a ton of blueberries!! 2014/09/14 00:12:50 (permalink)
    Jelly or jam.
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    Re: I have a ton of blueberries!! 2014/09/14 10:43:26 (permalink)
    I froze maybe 25lbs this year, in addition to making about 15 pints of jam. Blueberry peach crumble shows up an a regular basis at my house.
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    Re: I have a ton of blueberries!! 2014/09/15 22:13:02 (permalink)
    Oh my goodness.  There are so many great ideas that I might have to buy MORE bleuberries to try them all. I love the name of boy bait.  I will have to be careful not to let my daughter take some of that to school!  
    Blueberry crisp also sounds great.  And the berry pie recipe sounds so easy!  I shy away from making pies because I think of them as hard to make. But this recipe is one I have to try!!
    Thank you everyone for the great ideas.  
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    Re: I have a ton of blueberries!! 2014/09/16 05:45:55 (permalink)
    Roz and I were in Maine a week after 9/11.  Nobody was there.  Lobsters were dirt cheap.  $5.00 for two pound lobsters because they could not ship them.  What amazed me more was the abundance of blueberries and products from them.  We had blueberry soft serve ice cream, blueberry beer, blueberry muffins and pancakes.  I have always seen them growing in bushes but we passed several fields where they seem to grow on the ground and had special ways to harvest them.
     
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    Roz and I were in Maine a week after 9/11.  Nobody was there.  Lobsters were dirt cheap.  $5.00 for two pound lobsters because they could not ship them.  What amazed me more was the abundance of blueberries and products from them.  We had blueberry soft serve ice cream, blueberry beer, blueberry muffins and pancakes.  I have always seen them growing in bushes but we passed several fields where they seem to grow on the ground and had special ways to harvest them.
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    Maine blueberries are small, sweet, and grow wild and are lowbush berries, as opposed to other blueberries, which are larger, cultivated, and highbush. That's why the Maine berries seem to grow close to the ground--they are. They are harvested both mechanically (when possible) as well as with a handheld special fine-tined rake.The blueberry barrens I've seen always seem to be land which is hilly and rocky.
    post edited by JB-ME - 2014/09/30 14:56:55
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    Re: I have a ton of blueberries!! 2014/09/16 17:45:19 (permalink)
    Make a blueberry pie and you will get a personal food celebrity visit from Buffetbuster.
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    Re: I have a ton of blueberries!! 2014/09/16 18:55:55 (permalink)
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    Make a blueberry pie and you will get a personal food celebrity visit from Buffetbuster.


    I'm making one right now!!!!
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    Re: I have a ton of blueberries!! 2014/09/16 21:59:58 (permalink)
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    Roz and I were in Maine a week after 9/11.  Nobody was there.  Lobsters were dirt cheap.  $5.00 for two pound lobsters because they could not ship them.  What amazed me more was the abundance of blueberries and products from them.  We had blueberry soft serve ice cream, blueberry beer, blueberry muffins and pancakes.  I have always seen them growing in bushes but we passed several fields where they seem to grow on the ground and had special ways to harvest them.
     
    Paul E. Smith
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    There are 2  types of blueberries....High bush and Low bush.  The high Bush is a cultivar...bred partly for easier picking and bigger berries.  The low bush or 'wild" is the original and much sweeter and flavorful.  This SHOULD be what you get when you buy Maine Blueberries. Spent many days of my youth sussing them out in the woods around the house.....sometimes coming across a patch or 2 of poison ivy along the way....the uncomfortableness of that is almost worth the tastes of the other.....but boy.it took a long long time to get a meaningful amount!
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    Re: I have a ton of blueberries!! 2014/09/17 07:31:39 (permalink)
    FCF:  Thanks for the info.  Mamaw Smith has blueberry bushes and when I saw the many fields of blueberries growing in Maine close to the ground, I was surprised.  I imagined at the time that harvesting them had to be very difficult.  I did notice the rakes lying about.
     
    I have had local blueberries and I noticed that they were somewhat tart while the ones I had in Maine were very flavorful and sweet.  I guess that is the difference in the varieties?  No more bush blueberries for me.
     
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    Re: I have a ton of blueberries!! 2014/09/19 19:28:35 (permalink)
    Add some of those berries to your maple syrup and heat them together and then store in fridge, blueberry syrup is wonderful on buttermilk pancakes.
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    Re: I have a ton of blueberries!! 2014/09/19 19:31:00 (permalink)
    Bought Michigan blueberries today at Costco.  Another blueberry pie with the recipe I posted will be in the works tomorrow!
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    Re: I have a ton of blueberries!! 2014/09/19 19:33:34 (permalink)
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    Bought Michigan blueberries today at Costco.  Another blueberry pie with the recipe I posted will be in the works tomorrow!




    Lisa,
     
    You are spoiling MH
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    Re: I have a ton of blueberries!! 2014/09/19 19:40:20 (permalink)
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    Bought Michigan blueberries today at Costco.  Another blueberry pie with the recipe I posted will be in the works tomorrow!




    Lisa,
     
    You are spoiling MH


    I know, I know.  Guilty as charged.  But he deserves it.
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    Re: I have a ton of blueberries!! 2014/09/24 22:23:58 (permalink)
    My husband complains that I never make him pie!  So I tried the berry pie recipe.  It was SO good.  Although I had vanilla ice cream on the side instead of whipped cream. Thank you for sharing the recipe!
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    Re: I have a ton of blueberries!! 2014/09/24 22:29:38 (permalink)
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    My husband complains that I never make him pie!  So I tried the berry pie recipe.  It was SO good.  Although I had vanilla ice cream on the side instead of whipped cream. Thank you for sharing the recipe!


    You are SO welcome!  I made a blueberry pie yesterday, probably the last one of the season, I think the Michigan blueberries are nearly done.  My neighbors loved it, my mother loved it and we loved it!  And it's SOOOOO easy!
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    Re: I have a ton of blueberries!! 2014/09/26 15:00:33 (permalink)
    I might have to start a new thread because now I bought a lot of apples at the farmers market.  Those farmers are SO tricky, having delicious fresh food and then giving me samples so I have to buy things.  I don't stand a chance.
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    Re: I have a ton of blueberries!! 2014/09/30 10:56:09 (permalink)
    I make a really simple sauce - To a small saucepan over low-med heat, add 1 pint blueberries (rinsed, stems removed), 3 TBS of honey, and zest of 1/2 lemon, simmer 5-7 minutes until the berries begin to split and thicken (the berries are still somewhat whole, and the sauce will thicken as it cools).  You can add extra honey if you feel it isn't sweet enough.  Great over pancakes, waffles, biscuits, and ice cream.
     
    You may not want to switch recipes but the Barefoot Contessa's recipe for blueberry muffins is one of the best I've eaten.  She has several, but this one uses sour cream and I believe it's called "Bakery Blueberry Muffins" which you can probably google, if not, I'll post. 
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