8 Ways to Enjoy the Season's Blueberries
Blueberries are one of nature's most fabulous creations. Delicious, bite-size and portable, and nutritionally amazing with antioxidants and vitamins, these little orbs of goodness are versatile as well.
Check out some of these ways to enjoy them this season, or freeze some for later use.
- Blueberry Smoothies. Half cup vanilla yogurt, 1/2 cup orange juice, a cup of fresh blueberries, and a few ice cubes.
- Blueberry Oatmeal Muffins or Blueberry Quickbread. Your usual muffin recipes with blueberries and a 1/2 cup of oatmeal in place of half cup flour.
- Blueberry Jam. Check out the reliable Ball Canning Book for the best recipes in canning blueberries.
- Blueberry Sauces. In a small saucepan, combine 1/4 cup sugar, 1 tsp. cornstarch and dash of salt. Gradually whisk in water until smooth. Add 1 cup blueberries, 1 tsp. lemon juice; bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Cook 2-3 minutes longer or until thickened. Great for ice cream or pancakes, meats and poultry.
- Dried Blueberries. Use a dehydrator, or set oven to 225°F. Place berries on sheet pan covered with parchment paper, drizzle with honey and toss. Bake for about 2 to 2-12 hours or until berries are shriveled, but still supple.
- Blueberry Topping. Add berries to yogurt or cereal.
- Blueberry Pie. Get out the family cookbook and make a blueberry pie.
- Blueberry Salad. Sprinkle blueberries on a green salad with goat cheese and chicken, or toss with other fruits for a fresh summer salad.