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11 Ways to Use Blueberries

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Summer is known as berry season, and along with the vibrant red, pink, and black ones we see on the berry stands, we also see those perky bright blueberries sitting there just waiting to be eaten. Blueberries are delicious, packed with nutrition, and have a longer shelf life than some other berries.

Click here to see 11 Recipes that Use Blueberries

At about 80 calories per cup, blueberries are one of nature’s perfect candies, serving as an entirely guilt-free snack, but that’s not all they’re good for. Recently, blueberries have come to be seen as an incredibly versatile ingredient — finding their way into everything from refreshing ice pops to tangy barbecue sauces, fudgy brownies, and juicy burgers.

As blueberries are great for snacking and cooking, they are not only the superfood of the season but one of the most nutritious berries in their field. Before getting to some of the many ways to play around with them, here are our top 10 reasons blueberries are your new best friends this summer.

TOP 10 REASONS TO EAT BLUEBERRIES:

• They’re packed with more antioxidants than any other fruit or vegetable.

• They are bursting with vitamins A and C, zinc, potassium, iron, calcium, and magnesium, and they’re also high in fiber.

• They boost our immunity against everyday illnesses.

• Blueberries contain 38 percent more heart-healthy anthocyanins than red wine.

• Blueberries help neurons in the brain talk to each other, significantly improving learning function, motor skills, and memory.

• Like cranberries, they also help protect against urinary tract infections.

• They can help relieve both diarrhea and constipation.

• They boost lutein, which helps protect vision.

• They help fight belly fat.

• They taste great.

There isn’t a meal on a midsummer day that blueberries can’t make sweeter or more delicious. Here are 11 recipes to enjoy from breakfast to dinner. All the recipes use The Sneaky Chef’s super simple Blueberry Juice or the signature Sneaky Chef Purple Purée — an incredible mix of blueberries and another super health hero, spinach.

Originally published on July 18, 2013


56 Healthy Ways to Eat More Blueberries

Blueberries may be small, but they pack a lot of nutritional punch into one little bite. While a cup of the little blues is only 84 calories, you&rsquoll get 14 percent of your daily fiber and a boost of heart-helping antioxidants http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20384847 . And did we mention that they taste amazing?

The prime time for these berries runs from May to October, so to grab some sunshine and a big batch of berries in one trip (while also getting some exercise) try picking your own at orchards across America. If you&rsquove got a craving for blueberries during the winter months, never fear: Many of these recipes use dried or frozen blueberries that can be stored all year long.

Breakfast

1. Blueberry Zucchini Muffins

Zucchini bread is one of the easiest (and tastiest) ways to get some vegetables at breakfast, and this recipe adds blueberries for a great blueberry muffin-zucchini bread hybrid.

2. Blueberry-Banana Pie Vegan Overnight Oats

Meet your new go-to breakfast for a busy morning. Overnight oats &ldquocook&rdquo in the fridge overnight, so a delicious healthy oatmeal breakfast is all set to go in the morning. The blueberries, cinnamon, maple syrup, bananas, walnuts, and vanilla in this recipe sweeten it up. Make a big batch to last the whole week!

3. Blueberry Almond Streusel Muffins

This spin on the old-school blueberry muffin is designed to be gluten-free and vegan, but you can swap out the gluten-free flour and oats for whatever you have on hand. Quinoa means this isn&rsquot just any muffin&mdashit&rsquos all about that protein!

4. Blueberry-Pineapple Oatmeal Smoothie

Blueberries, banana, and pineapple are all smoothie standbys&mdashbut wait, oatmeal? The rolled oats and Greek yogurt make this smoothie filling enough to serve as a drinkable meal. Add a handful of spinach to sneak in a serving of veggies.

5. Banana Blueberry Muffins

Nothing is better than the smell of freshly baked banana bread in the morning. Nothing, that is, except banana bread in portable muffin form, packed with fresh blueberries! For an even healthier version, try using applesauce instead of butter.

Fluffy blueberry pancakes topped with sweet, caramelized bananas? Yes please! Whole-wheat flour and flax meal give this recipe a nutritional punch, while the sweetness of the cinnamon, bananas, and blueberries mean there&rsquos no need for sugary syrup on top. (Try a scoop of plain Greek yogurt instead!)

7. Blueberry-Walnut Oat-less Oatmeal

Mashed banana, egg whites, milk (dairy or otherwise), flaxseed, cinnamon, and vanilla make up the creamy &ldquooats&rdquo in this fluffy breakfast treat. Top with a handful of fresh blueberries and toasted walnuts, drizzle with honey, and dig in!

8. Blueberry Bliss Breakfast Bars

These homemade bars are packed with superfoods including blueberries, pistachios, and flaxseeds, while plenty of nuts and seeds pack in healthy fats. Get ready for all-day energy!

9. Blueberry and Pecan Granola

Toasted oats, wheat flakes, wheat germ, almonds, and pecans get lightly sweetened with honey or agave for a healthy alternative to store-bought granola. Use this recipe to add some crunch to yogurt, splash with some milk to eat like cereal, or sprinkle on top of oatmeal.

10. Blueberry Muffin Pancakes

It&rsquos a muffin! It&rsquos a pancake! Nope, it&rsquos a blueberry muffin pancake. Though they taste indulgent enough for a weekend brunch, this blueberry treat uses flax seed meal instead of eggs, almond milk instead of dairy, and whole-wheat flour to keep things as healthy as possible (and dairy free!).

11. Magical Blueberry Vanilla Chia Seed Jam

Making jam is one of our favorite uses for chia seeds. They absorb water, naturally thickening the blueberries in this simple recipe, while vanilla brings out those bright blueberry flavors. Spread this magic jam on toast for a surprising and simple dose of omega-3s.

Steel cut oats are made using the whole oat grain, or groats, instead of rolling the oats into flakes. They have the same nutritional benefits as their flattened friends, and taste-wise they&rsquore a bit chewier, making them perfect for this creamy baked blueberry oatmeal! Top it off with coconut whipped cream and more fresh berries (blue or otherwise!).

13. Blueberry Peach Chia Parfait

Blueberries and peaches are two of summer&rsquos tastiest in-season fruits. Mix &lsquoem up in a &ldquopudding&rdquo made with coconut milk, vanilla, and chia. The chia works as a natural thickener to make it creamy!

14. Whole-Wheat Blueberry Lemon Pancakes

Blueberry pancakes might be an old classic, but the addition of lemon takes these to the next level. They&rsquore plump, sweet, and just the tiniest bit tart.

15. Oatmeal Blueberry Breakfast Pizookie

Is it okay to eat a giant cookie for breakfast? Of course&mdashespecially when it&rsquos made with oat flour, cinnamon, flax, applesauce, and honey, and studded with blueberries. Slather plain Greek yogurt, peanut butter, and sliced banana on top and you&rsquove got a full-on breakfast pizza.

Snacks and Appetizers

16. Blueberry-Lime Salsa

A zesty fruit salsa can finish off any dish, sweet or savory. This summery mix gets its deep purple color from blueberries and strawberries, a little spice from limes, onion, and cilantro, and some healthy fats from half an avocado.

17. Greek Yogurt Covered Blueberries

It doesn&rsquot get any simpler than this&mdashdip your blueberries in vanilla Greek yogurt and freeze on wax paper. Grab a handful every time you reach into the freezer for a blast of protein and antioxidants!

18. Blueberry-Sunflower Energy Bites

Need a portable snack that will boost energy in a big way? These little bites pack together cashews, dates, dried blueberries, sunflower butter, spirulina, cinnamon, and sesame seeds for a satisfying crunch. Everything is better bite-sized.

19. Blueberry and Cantaloupe Fruit Salad

Jazz up this two-ingredient fruit salad with a bit of lemon juice, a drizzle of maple syrup, and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

20. Blueberry Dip

This blueberry fruit dip is made velvety smooth by soaking cashews overnight and then mixing them up with cooked blueberries, yogurt, and lemon juice. Chill the dip, and enjoy with anything you&rsquod eat with chocolate fondue&mdashstrawberries, banana slices, and pineapple chunks are a great place to start!

21. Blueberry and Peach Salsa With Brie

Tangy blueberry peach salsa (with a little bit of jalapeño, mint, and ginger) compliments creamy baked Brie like a charm. This is a fancy and fresh way to treat your guests before dinnertime.

22. Blueberry-Lemon Squares

Making energy bars at home is a cheap, natural, and delicious option. This recipe keeps the ingredient list short, with only dried blueberries, dates, walnuts, sunflower seeds, and lemon zest. Just pop it all in the food processor, press into a pan, refrigerate, and slice! Ready to snack.

23. Blueberry Cornbread

Once you put blueberries in your cornbread, you&rsquoll never go plain again. These little berries really amp up a basic cornbread recipe. It&rsquos the perfect side dish for seafood, or simply served as a midday snack with honey and butter.

24. Triple Fruit Rollups

You&rsquore never too old for a fruit rollup. This recipe puts an adult spin on the foot-long neon treat of your childhood, using rhubarb, strawberries, and of course, blueberries.

Lunch and Dinner

25. Salmon Tacos With Blueberry-Habañero Sauce

Once again, salmon makes a splash when paired with blueberries&mdashthis time with a Mexican twist. Habañero means these little bites are hot. Serve open faced to enjoy the colors of the pinky-orange salmon, purple blueberries, and green zucchini.

26. Grilled Chicken With Blueberry Guacamole

Blueberry guac is just about the most genius thing we&rsquove ever heard of. It&rsquos got sweet berries, tart lemon juice, and a bit of spice from the jalapeños. This recipe also includes a grilled chicken breast marinated in Greek yogurt, lime, and chili powder, but if you scoop this whole dish up with chips we&rsquod understand!

27. Vegetable Couscous With Wild Blueberries

This recipe calls for couscous, but it&rsquos simple to sub in any of your favorite grains for a lighter take on pasta salad. The wild blueberries, zucchini, carrots, and chickpeas add antioxidants and protein. Cooking your grain in vegetable stock punches up the flavor. Our favorite grainy base? Quinoa or bulgur wheat.

28. Minted Watermelon, Cucumber, and Blueberry Salad

It doesn&rsquot get juicier than a salad made with these three water-rich foods. Simply season with lime and mint leaves!

29. Blueberry Barbeque Sauce

Blueberry makes a dynamic barbeque sauce while coffee deepens the flavors even more. This is about to become your new cookout staple&mdashit would work on chicken breasts, grilled fish, ribs, and pulled pork equally well.

30. Watermelon-Blueberry Quinoa Salad

Feta, watermelon, and basil salad has become a warm-weather favorite, but this recipe will fill you up a lot more with red quinoa, sun-dried tomatoes, and blueberries.

31. Grilled Salmon With Blueberry-Chile Sauce

Salmon, blueberries, and hatch chiles might sound like a weird combo, but don&rsquot knock it &rsquotil you try it: Fruit and salmon are definitely friends&mdashon your plate, that is. This sauce is made with blueberry jam and fresh blueberries.

32. Red Leaf Salad With Blueberry-Pomegranate Vinaigrette

Raspberry vinaigrette is ever popular, but blueberry pomegranate is a fantastic alternative. With a dressing this yummy, keep the salad simple, with greens, walnuts, goat cheese, and dried cranberries (or dried blueberries).

33. Blueberry Chicken Salad Wraps

Lighten up your chicken salad with plain Greek yogurt, fresh blueberries, and some crunchy celery. Try this on a whole-wheat wrap, in romaine leaf&ldquoboats,&rdquo or on top of greens.

34. Grilled Kale Salad With Blueberries

Grilled kale is the intersection between kale chips and sautéed kale: It&rsquos a little crispy and a little tender, making a unique base for salads like this one, which is topped with goat cheese.

35. Blueberry and Ricotta Pizza

Cheese and fruit often come together on a cheese plate, but what about on a pizza? This recipe calls for a puff pastry crust, but change it up with a whole-wheat, quinoa, pita bread, or even cauliflower crust.

36. Mushroom and Blueberry Balsamic Pot Roast

When you don&rsquot feel like cooking, crock-pots are your best friend. Here, the roast is cooked with tomatoes, balsamic, and blueberries, resulting in a savory flavor with just a hint of sweetness from those berries. (Vegetarians: Try slow cooking just the veggies with extra mushrooms. Their meaty texture picks up the flavor in the same way.)

Dessert

37. Blueberry-Coconut Yogurt Pie

This frozen dessert looks really fancy, but (shh!) there are only four ingredients and it takes less than five minutes to assemble and pop into the freezer. It tastes decadent, but the filling is really only toasted coconut and vanilla Greek yogurt. Topping with blueberries makes them the star of the show.

38. Blueberry and Almond Chia Seed Squares

The big almond flavor in these sweet squares is what makes them really pop. Chewy oats and chia seeds mean these bars are ooey gooey deliciousness&mdashespecially when they&rsquore warm. Top with your favorite nut butter for a bit more decadence.

39. Swirled Blueberry Frozen Yogurt

Attention frozen yogurt lovers: Here&rsquos a new way to serve up that plain old froyo at home. Layer store-bought frozen yogurt with frozen blueberries and walnuts and swirl together to combine. (Not keen on store-bought? Make your own at home!)

40. Blueberry Pie Frozen Yogurt

What makes this blueberry-vanilla frozen yogurt &ldquoblueberry pie?&rdquo The crumbled graham cracker topping, of course. The combination of the crunchy topping with blueberry-infused simple syrup and creamy yogurt imitate rich pie filling and crisp crust.

41. Blueberry-Orange Icy Pops

Roasting the blueberries and then folding them into a coconuty combo of cream, water, and milk turns these tropical popsicles bright purple with a pop of orange zest. If you don&rsquot like coconut, try this with your favorite yogurt.

42. Blueberry Greek Yogurt Truffles

These look like truffles you&rsquod buy at a fancy candy store, but they&rsquore really only made with melted dark chocolate chips, blueberry Greek yogurt, and unsweetened cocoa powder. There are tons of antioxidants in there from the dark chocolate, but try subbing the blueberry yogurt with plain Greek yogurt mixed with roasted blueberries for an even healthier treat (and more blueberry flavor with less processed sugar).

43. Roasted Blueberry and Rhubarb Crepes

Fruity versions of these thin pancakes make an awesome light dessert. This recipe uses whole-wheat flour instead of white, and the filling is made from blueberries, rhubarb, cinnamon, and honey. It&rsquos naturally sweet in the best way.

44. Blueberry-Banana Tart

When it comes to dessert, &ldquotart&rdquo usually means tons of heavy cream, milk, and egg. Not so with this healthy treat. Flaxmeal and water replace the egg in the almond crust and the filling couldn&rsquot be simpler (blueberries and bananas&mdashthat&rsquos it!) makes the filling.

45. Blueberry &ldquoIce Cream&rdquo Sandwiches

We love ice cream sandwiches made with cookies for dessert&mdashit&rsquos like two desserts for the price of one! In this recipe, the filling (more of a sherbet than an ice cream) is made with Greek yogurt, a bit of heavy cream, frozen blueberries, sugar, and lemon juice. Chocolate graham crackers serve as the &ldquobread&rdquo for this creamy treat without adding too many extra calories.

46. Tutti Frutti Crumble

The crumble on top of this cobbler is made with rolled oats, walnuts, spelt flour, and natural cane sugar. No need to pack too much added sugar into the crust either&mdashthe natural sugars from blueberry, pineapple, apple, and cherries do a great job of flavoring the dish.

47. Orange Glazed Blueberry Doughnuts

Healthier donuts are always a win, especially when they&rsquore stuffed with fresh blueberries. Each of these citrusy delights comes in at fewer than 100 calories. Plus, they&rsquore sweetened with nothing but applesauce. Add a glaze of powdered sugar, milk, orange juice, and vanilla and you&rsquore done! Way better than the drive through.

Drinks, Smoothies, and Cocktails

48. Superfoods Smoothie

Sure, blueberries are one of our favorite superfoods, but we aren&rsquot opposed to consuming as many as possible in one cool beverage. Six of the ingredients in this smoothie are Greatist-approved superfoods (blueberries, Greek yogurt, spinach, green tea, pomegranate, and ginger root), guaranteed to make it a healthy and delicious drink.

49. Basil and Blueberry Vodka Soda

Making simple syrups is one of the easiest ways to get creative with cocktails at home. Simple syrup made with fresh basil compliments sweeter blueberry syrup perfectly. Vodka and soda keep this a refreshing and healthier warm-weather drink.

50. Blueberry-Lavender Lemonade

Sell this lemonade outside on a sunny day for 25 cents, and we guarantee you&rsquoll sell out! While fresh-squeezed lemonade is perfection on it&rsquos own, fresh blueberries and lavender come together for a beverage that&rsquos aromatic and a little different.

51. Blueberries and Bourbon

It doesn&rsquot get much better than bourbon, fresh lemon juice, muddled blueberries, and simple syrup with a splash of seltzer. The blueberries and simple syrup add just the right touch of sweetness.

52. Blueberry Smoothie

Amping up a plain fruit smoothie is a easy as adding goji berries, chia seeds, cacao nibs, and flax seeds to that basic combo of orange juice, bananas, milk, and blueberries. Using frozen blueberries and bananas eliminates the need for ice.

53. Blueberry Coconut Water Frosty

Want a super-hydrating smoothie? This one only takes coconut water, ice, frozen blueberries, and lemon juice.

54. Blueberry Lemonade Sangria

Be careful with this sangria&mdashit&rsquoll cool you off and satisfy a sweet tooth so well that you&rsquoll want to drink 10 of them! Try blueberry vodka instead of brandy to up the blueberry flavor.

55. Blueberry Mint Agua Fresca

If you need a drink to cool off without alcohol, we&rsquove got your back. Flavor your water with fresh blueberries, mint leaves, honey, and lemon juice. Simmering the mixture on the stove intensifies the flavors. (Just be sure to ice it down before indulging.)

56. Blueberry and Pineapple Mojito

Adding blueberries and pineapple chunks to a classic mojito puts a berry delicious twist on a summer favorite. (Sorry, we had to use that pun in here somewhere!)


19 Ways to Use Up Fresh Blueberries Before They Go Bad

One of my favorite parts of summer is exploring new ways to use up fresh blueberries. I love going to the local U-Pick orchard for fresh blueberries.

We love going early in the morning because it&rsquos still fairly cool out. My little ones just run up and down the rows of blueberries and eat as much as they want.

But, when we get those berries home, we always bring home way too much for us to eat! So, what to do with all those extra fresh blueberries?

Well, in this post, I&rsquom going to discuss:

  • 19 Ways to use up fresh blueberries before they go bad.
  • And I&rsquom going to share some fantastic fresh blueberry recipes with you.
  • I&rsquom also going to give some preservation tips, such as freezing blueberries (My Favorite).
  • Finally, I&rsquom going to cover the art of growing blueberries and why I don&rsquot grow them on our farmstead.

So, let&rsquos start with the art of creating a yummy sticky jam that will add new spark to your PB & J&rsquos!

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Canning Recipes

The following few ways are some simple recipes you can make and can with blueberries. You want your blueberries to stay fresh but these are also fine ideas when you&rsquore stuck on what to do with blueberries about to go bad.

For safe, quality canning recipes, I use my trusty Ball Blue Book. Go ahead and check out the latest one here.

Blueberry Jam

Super sticky but not icky! Very very yummy on toast or even french toast.

Jam is pretty easy to make and also to can.

Blueberry Pie Filling

One of my all-time favorite pies is blueberry and I enjoy canning a blueberry pie filling.

It can also be used for cobblers, crumbles and turnovers as well.

Syrup & Ice Cream Sauce

My daughter&rsquos favorite. She&rsquos an ice cream junkie.

Get our recipe for homemade no-cook vanilla ice cream here.

And blueberry sauce is so delicious on this ice cream. Again, I use Ball for the majority of my safe canning. Including this ice cream sauce recipe.

So, I&rsquove given you a few canning recipes to try via the Ball Blue book. But maybe you&rsquod rather have some dried blueberries? That&rsquos the next section!

Dehydrate for snacks

Have you every had dried blueberries? They make awesome snacks in mixes, on top of ice cream or just by themselves.

Dehydrating blueberries is really simple. It just takes time until you have a delicious snack that all ages love. All you need to do is get out your dehydrator and follow the directions. I say this because each dehydrator is different.

Also, you can continue to check on them and dry them at just the right consistency that you like.

Dry Freezing Blueberries

Here it is! My favorite way to preserve fresh blueberries to use later. Here are the steps I take for freezing blueberries:

  • First of all, wash the blueberries.
  • Lay them out to dry on a towel.
  • Cover baking sheets with waxed paper .
  • Set dry, washed blueberries on the waxed paper. Try not to allow them to touch.
  • Stick baking sheets in the freezer for a few hours or until completely frozen.
  • Finally, take out the baking sheets and remove blueberries into freezer bags.
  • Freeze for up to a year.

This is so easy and takes almost no time to keep blueberries fresh. Later, when you want to use blueberries, pull these bags out. You should be able to take the amount out that you want, thaw and use accordingly.

Or you can simply just eat them frozen! Add them into smoothies for a tasty treat.

Add to ice cubes for pretty drinks.

If you have smaller blueberries or even blueberry juice, add them to our ice cube trays.

Fill ice cube trays with fruit and juice or fruit and water. Stick in the freezer until fully frozen.

Then, add to any drink you&rsquod like. I have another section for infused drinks, so keep reading.

Make Pies & Freeze Unbaked

Remember that blueberry pie filling we canned up above? Well, instead of canning the filling, go ahead and make a pie.

Yes, make pies now and then freeze them unbaked. Then, when you&rsquore ready for a pie, there will be one waiting for you in your freezer.

It&rsquos really kind of like shopping the freezer section of the grocery store. Only it&rsquos in your home. How cool is that?

Blueberry Cobbler

Craving a fresh dessert? Blueberry cobbler is a delicious idea for dessert or an afternoon snack (Tea if you&rsquore in England).

Blueberry Coffee Cake

Another option for dessert of snack with coffee is a blueberry coffee cake. Yum! Making me hungry.

Smoothie ingredient

In need of a healthy cool treat? Add blueberries in to your favorite smoothie recipe.

Popcycles

My kids love these DIY popcycles. There&rsquos lots of different ways to make them so do a Google search to find a recipe you&rsquore kiddos will love.

Juice

Blueberry juice is full of natural antioxidants that keep you healthy. So, why not squeeze the juice from the berries and drink the juice straight?

You can either use the rest of the berry blended into a smoothie or feed it to your chickens.

You could also make a blueberry butter.

Blueberry Butter

This is another fun thing that should have gone up with the canning section. It&rsquos pretty new to me, but there is a recipe in the Ball Blue Book for this blueberry butter.

I&rsquom excited to try this recipe and get back to you. Let me know if you try it, too.

Infuse into drinks

Staying hydrated through the summer is extremely important. So, why not add in a few blueberries to hydrating drinks such as water, lemonade & tea?

You can just splash them in directly.

Or you can purchase a cool infuser cup if you don&rsquot want the fruit directly into your drink.

Enjoy in Pancakes

A classic way to enjoy blueberries is to cook them inside pancakes. Simply add them to your pancake batter by the handful. As much or as little as you want.

Then, cook your pancakes all the way through. Your blueberries will be oozing out the ends. Yummy.

Blueberry Muffins

Another classic. Again, add blueberries by the handful to your muffin batter and mix thoroughly.

Fill greased muffin tins and bake. Enjoy!

Scones!

A new idea I will be trying. Have you made blueberry scones before? Leave me a comment with a recipe for me to try!

Add Berries into Jello

My little girls love this and it makes a great dessert after lunch. Or sometimes I catch them eating it from the bowl in the middle of the day&hellipOops!

Oh well&hellipbetter than other things they could be eating!

So, here&rsquos what you need to jello with blueberries. Be careful not to blink or you&rsquoll miss it&hellip

  • Berry Jello
  • Blueberries
  • Bowl
  • Whipped Cream

Make the jell-o according to the directions on the box. Pour it into a bowl and quickly mix in blueberries. Set in the fridge overnight.

Finally, top with whipped cream. Keep in the fridge for a quick snack.

Topping for Cereal

In my opinion, the best cereal to top with blueberries is Honey Nut Cheerios or Grape Nuts. You can also mix it in with dry cereal for a snack.

Yummy Oatmeal

If you love overnight oats or instant oatmeal, add in some blueberries for even more goodness.

Enjoy by the handful

There&rsquos no better or faster way to use up blueberries than to simply enjoy them by the handful! And we do. Blueberries don&rsquot stay around our place long. It&rsquos a wonder we don&rsquot grow them as much as we love them!

Now, here&rsquos why I don&rsquot grow blueberries anywhere on our farmstead.

Why I Don&rsquot Grow Blueberries

The main reason I don&rsquot grow blueberries is because it&rsquos sort of difficult to manage the soil pH in my area. They require a certain type of soil pH in order to grow well. It needs to be acidic (4.8-5.2)

My soil pH is generally in the 6-7 range. Way too high for growing blueberries naturally.

Now, amending the soil properties to make it blueberry-ready would be very possible for me. Adjusting the pH takes time&hellipyears&hellipto achieve. I would need to add in sulfur to lower the pH of my soil to hit that 5 range. Along with that, many soil tests would need to happen to ensure that the pH is at the correct range for blueberries.

So, I take the easy way out&hellipAt least for right now. Maybe someday I will amend the soil and start growing a blueberry patch. But now, I prefer to visit a local U-Pick Blueberry Patch.

Just because you or I don&rsquot grow blueberries ourselves doesn&rsquot mean we can&rsquot enjoy them fresh!

So, Enjoy Ways to Use Up Fresh Blueberries of Summer Any Way You Want

I&rsquove given you 19 ways to use up fresh blueberries. In that list there should be at least one way that jumps out to you.

From Canning to Freezing blueberries to enjoying fresh off the plants, blueberries are a fresh taste of summer that shouldn&rsquot be wasted. Do you have favorite fresh blueberry recipes that I didn&rsquot include? Let me know in the comments what that is!

And I hope you enjoy sweet summertime&hellipand blueberries, too.

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Maybe you&aposre not a big baked goods person, so the whole list of blueberry pancakes and cakes and pies doesn&apost do much for you. Fair enough! Blueberries also make a delicious chilled soup with lemon and orange. It&aposs a nice treat on a hot day, and it&aposll use up four cups of your blueberry supply, too.

Blueberries are excellent when infused into a spirit that otherwise doesn&apost have a whole lot of flavor, like vodka. They&aposre also a nice counterpoint to something that&aposs more flavorful and could use that touch of fruity sweetness. A blueberry Margarita would be delicious, or you could opt to infuse gin with blueberries and spices to make this Blueberry Thrill, the kind of drink that&aposs perfect for an evening cooldown in July.


31 Delicious Blueberry Recipes to Enjoy All Summer Long

There's something special about blueberries&mdashespecially in the summer, when they're at their ripest&mdashthat sets them apart from other berries. Part of it is the color, but so much of their appeal is the distinctive, purely sweet blueberry flavor. Whether you're buying them at the farmers market, picking your own from a local farm, grabbing a pint or two at the grocery store, or even growing your own, in-season blueberries are just one of the best things to love about summer produce.

Blueberries are fantastic baked into a pie or galette and countless other fruit dessert recipes. And they're bound to improve even the humblest muffin or roll. And let's not forget that blueberries not only make smoothies and shakes taste better, but also add a strikingly lovely color to the drink as well. But blueberry recipes don't have to stop at sweets and desserts. You can use their sweet flavor to improve a variety of dishes, from classic breakfast pancakes to grilled cheese (yes, really) and even barbecue chicken!

Blueberries add more than just a pop of color and a delicious flavor. They're also nutritious, with plenty of fiber, vitamin C, potassium, and can improve heart health, so they're great for sweetening a dish in a more healthy way. If you've got a pint (or a quart) of fresh blueberries, and you're looking for ways to use them, here are 30 of our favorite recipes. Enjoy!


100 Ways to Use Blueberries

Blueberries — they’re not just for pie anymore. Sure, that old standard is still pretty tasty, but how about some blueberry bagels? Blueberry ice cream? Blueberry pulled chicken? This b-berry season, it’s time to branch out a little bit. From blueberry bruschetta to blueberry mojitos, here are 100 fresh blueberry recipes from 100 of our favorite bloggers.

Click on the photos for full recipes.

100 ways to use bacon, bananas, sriracha and more: find the rest of our 100 Ways here.


9 Easy Desserts to Make With Fresh Blueberries

When summer brings plump, juicy blueberries to the market, it&aposs time to take advantage of that seasonal bounty by using them in these easy fresh blueberry desserts all summer long.

Fresh, plump blueberries are bathed in a blueberry sauce and nestled in a prebaked pie crust. The recipe makes one 9-inch pie, or you can make several smaller pies as shown. Top with whipped cream and lemon zest for an elegant presentation.

You start with a box of cake mix, layer in some very surprising ingredients (mini marshmallows?) and end up with a cake everyone raves about. Try it.

Juicy plums and blueberries become a gorgeous topping of caramelized fruit when this cake is inverted onto a plate. (I&aposve made this cake several times, and it&aposs a winner!) You can use any soft, ripe fruit instead of the plums, but the blueberries are a must.

Five ingredients are all you&aposll need for this quick and satisfying cake. Serve it warm with homemade ice cream for a perfect summer dessert.

Several home cooks said they made this easy dessert with butter instead of shortening, and liked the flavor even better. Don&apost skimp on the fruit it&aposs what makes the cake beautifully moist.

You&aposre going to love the quick 15-minute prep for these fruity bars. Blueberries love any kind of citrus, so try adding lemon zest along with the lemon juice to really bring out the happy partnership.

Say it with me: claw-foo-TEE. That translates into a simple baked custard packed with plump, juicy blueberries. So good in any language.

Almond extract and lemon zest flavor these easy, cake-like cookies. They turn out quite soft, so store them with waxed paper between layers of cookies so they don&apost stick together.

This moist and lemony pound cake is easy to prep and simple to bake. Take the advice of several reviewers and dust the fresh blueberries with a little bit of flour before folding them into the batter to prevent them from sinking to the bottom of the pan. (It really works!)


Here are Ways to Preserve Your Blueberry Harvest:

1. Freeze Them Clean

When I’m in a hurry, freezing is usually my first option. I actually used this method a lot over the past few weeks.

So you’ll complete this method by washing your blueberries. Depending upon how large your harvest is, you may or may not want to use a colander. My blueberry hauls have been so large that I put my strainer in the sink, fill it full of cold water, and then toss a few gallons of blueberries in the sink.

Then I roll them over and over to get all of the dirt and bugs off of them. When I think they may be clean, I put them into the other side of the sink and repeat the process until eventually, the water comes out clear.

But if you have a smaller batch of blueberries, then washing them in a colander will do the same thing.

Once you have clean blueberries, then you’ll need to spread them out on a cookie sheet. You’ll then place them in the freezer to flash freeze. Once they are frozen individually, you can toss them in freezer bags to store for a few months.

2. Freeze Them Dirty

My mom and I live about 400 miles apart. Though we don’t see each other every day, I try my best to call her every day.

Well, we were talking one day when I was preserving all of our blueberries, and she was telling me how she had spoken to one of her friends, and they told her how I could freeze my blueberries as is. Meaning, I didn’t have to go through the cleaning process.

I thought this would be a good method of preserving them if you are in a real rush, or if you don’t mind having to clean up your blueberries when you go to use them. It certainly seems faster.

So you’ll begin this process by picking the blueberries. Once you have them picked and in your kitchen, then you’ll skip the washing process. This is actually the longest part of the process when freezing so if you are in a hurry to throw them in a bag and move onto something else, then you’ll appreciate this method.

Then you’ll throw them on a cookie sheet to flash freeze them. If you aren’t picky about your blueberries sticking together, then you could actually skip this step too. The whole point of this process is to make it to where you can pull out frozen blueberries as needed. If you plan on using them a pack at a time, then just toss them into a freezer bag and move on.

But if you need your blueberries separated, then flash freeze them. Then you put them in a freezer bag and place them in your freezer to be stored for future use.

3. Blueberry Syrup

We have some good friends that come over to pick our blueberries from time to time. They do this because they love blueberry syrup.

So every time they get blueberries, they immediately turn it into a delicious syrup. You can make it very easily, then you can use it immediately or can it for later.

You’ll begin by washing your blueberries. Again, depending upon the quantity of blueberries, you can either rinse them in a colander, or you can wash them in bulk in your kitchen sink. It is up to you.

Then you’ll want to place the blueberries in a large pot. You’ll need to add about 7.5 cups of sugar per quart of blueberries.

Next, you’ll cook this mixture down until it is thick. I personally like chunks in my blueberry syrup because it tastes delicious when heated and poured over French toast or pancakes.

But if you like a smoother syrup, then you can run it through a food mill and then cook it down some more.

Once your syrup has reached the consistency you like, then add some lemon juice to the mixture to keep it from turning colors, and you are ready to roll. When I cook I don’t always measure like I should, so if you’d prefer a more in depth recipe, here is a great one to try out.

4. Blueberry Vinegar

If you love to cook with vinegar or make your own homemade salad dressings, then you’ll probably love this recipe for blueberry infused vinegar. It seems rather simple to make and also a great way to put that blueberry harvest to work for you.

So you begin by gathering a few ingredients. For every 1 pint of blueberries, you’ll need 2 tablespoons of sugar. Be sure to figure as closely as you can as to how many blueberries you’ve actually harvested.

Then you’ll also need an orange peel. Try to keep this in larger pieces so when you have to strain the vinegar away from the ingredients, it will make this process easier.

Finally, you’ll need some apple cider vinegar. You can purchase some here or make your own too.

To begin, you’ll want to place your cleaned blueberries in a large saucepot. The size of the pot may vary depending upon how many blueberries you have.

Also, remember when washing your blueberries, you can spray them with your faucet while they rest in a colander, or you can wash them in large quantities in your sink by submerging them in cold water in your sink.

Once you have your blueberries cleaned and in a saucepot, it is time to begin to crush them. The easiest way to do this is to take a fork and gently press down on the berries.

However, if you are like us, and harvesting blueberries at around 10 gallons at a time, then you may need to pull out your trusty potato masher to get the job done. It all depends upon how many blueberries you are working with.

Now that your berries are adequately crushed, you’ll want to add enough apple cider vinegar to the blueberries to where they are covered. You’ll also need to add the right amount of sugar for the number of blueberries you are working with. Remember, it is 2 tablespoons of sugar for every 1 pint of blueberries.

Then bring the mixture to a boil. Once it is boiling, turn it down to simmer and allow it to do so for about 3-4 minutes. When it is finished simmering, it will be time to place the mixture in mason jars.

However, do not use a typical metal lid. This can cause a negative reaction to the vinegar. You’ll probably just want to cover it with plastic wrap or a cheese cloth. Then place a canning ring over that to hold it all in place.

Once the mixture has cooled in the jars, place it in the fridge for a week. You’ll finish the process up by straining the mixture. This will separate the vinegar from the ingredients that went into making it. You can store it in these vinegar jars.

Then be sure to keep it in a cool, dark storage location so that your vinegar will last for around a year. What a fantastic way to preserve blueberries, and it requires very few resources to be able to do it.

5. Dehydrate Your Berries

I love the option of dehydrating blueberries because it requires very little to do it. You’ll just need a dehydrator.

Then you’ll wash your blueberries and place them on the appropriate dehydrating trays. If you have purchased a dehydrator, follow the instructions to know the appropriate time limits for blueberries.

But if you make your own dehydrator, then I recommend just checking the fruit every so often until you are satisfied with the way it looks, feels, and tastes.

Then you’ll place the dried fruit in sealable bags. You can use this fruit as a healthy snack or use some of these ideas.

6. Blueberry Jam

The blueberry jam I’ve worked on this week.

I love jam! That is actually probably an understatement, but I can’t help but think how amazing it is. I love the flavor, the texture, and the sweetness of it.

So when I began getting large amounts of blueberries, one of the first things I did was make jam with it. I followed this recipe to make my jam.

But I did make one small change. I’m someone that has to watch my sugar intake so I switched my jam to sugar-free. Instead of using regular sugar, I used a sugar substitute.

Now, a word of caution. I’ve learned to not use the same amount of sugar substitute as you do sugar. In my opinion, it will have this funky after taste. So use sparingly.

Other than that, my jam has turned out delicious. Then you can preserve your jam in a water bath. You just fill the canner with your jars.

Then place water all the way over the top of the jars. Bring the water to a boil and time for 5 minutes.

Next, remove the jars from the canner and allow them to sit for 24 hours to cool and ensure that all of the jars sealed. Once you know they have sealed, you can label them and store them on a shelf until you are ready to use them.

7. Can Your Blueberries Whole

If you like to keep your blueberries around in a whole form so you can turn them into blueberry pie filling later on when you have more time, then you’ll like this option.

Basically, you place your cleaned blueberries in cleaned and sanitized mason jars. Then create a simple syrup (which is equal parts sugar and water that has been heated) so you can pour it over the top of the blueberries.

Once you’ve done this, you’ll place sanitized rings and lids on the jars. Then you’ll process them in a boiling-water canner for 15 minutes (pints) and 20 minutes (quarts.) Remember to adjust your times according to your elevation.

8. Freeze Drying Your Blueberries

There are multiple different methods to freeze drying blueberries. You can freeze dry them in a freezer, using dry ice, or by using a vacuum chamber.

Now, I’m going to be truthful. I included this because a friend of ours is in love with the idea of freeze-drying food. They think it is more efficient and works well.

However, I think it is a rather expensive way to preserve food. So if you like to freeze dry food, and you already have the equipment to do so, then great.

But I wouldn’t run out and invest in it to experiment with. But it is your call.

So there are the 8 ways that you can preserve your blueberry harvest this summer. I hope that this will help you to put away food for the winter and not waste a single one of those berries.

But I’d like to hear from you. How do you preserve your blueberries? What is the best method in your opinion?

We love hearing from you so please leave us your thoughts in the space provided below.


10 fresh ways to use fresh blueberries

There are muffins, of course. And pancakes. And the obligatory fruit salad. But then what? After all the usual suspects, how do you handle a seasonal abundance of blueberries?

As long as you're willing to consider a few fresh approaches, it's actually easy and delicious to press them into service. Start by ditching the idea that they only work in sweets. The juicy, slightly acidic berries work wonders with meat. In fact, the Native Americans used blueberries to season dried meats.

But first, a few storage tips. Blueberries keep best when stored dry. In other words, wash them only as you use them. Until then, keep them lightly covered and refrigerated. If you freeze them, the flavor will be fine, but the texture will be different. So once frozen, it's best to use them only in recipes that involve cooking them.

To freeze blueberries, wash them, then spread them on a rimmed baking sheet. Gently dry them with paper towels, then freeze them in a single layer on the baking sheet. Once frozen, the berries can be bagged.

10 FRESH WAYS WITH FRESH BLUEBERRIES:

1. Vinaigrette: Add a handful of blueberries to a blender with a 3:1 ratio of oil and vinegar (balsamic or red wine would be good), as well as a hit of salt and pepper. Blend until mostly smooth.

2. Sweet and chilly snack: Follow the method above for freezing, but instead of drying the washed berries, roll them in coarse sugar, then freeze. Eat them as is for a sweet treat.

3. Compote: Saute 1 finely diced yellow onion in a bit of butter. Add 1 cup blueberries, a bit of grated fresh ginger and a splash of hot sauce. Simmer until the berries pop, reduce and begin to thicken. Season with ample black pepper and a pinch of salt and ground cumin. Spoon over grilled pork chops or pork tenderloin.

4. Creamed: Mound fresh berries in a bowl, then drizzle with heavy cream. Follow that by a drizzle of maple syrup and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

5. Cordial: Bring 1 cup of blueberries and 1/2 cup of sugar to a simmer and cook until the berries are broken down and thickened. Strain through a mesh strainer, discarding any solids. Divide the mixture between 4 tumblers. Add ice, then top with vodka or gin.

6. Grain salad: Toss fresh blueberries with cooked and cooled quinoa or farro, diced cucumber, fresh mint and minced red onion. Drizzle with a lemon vinaigrette and top with slivered almonds.

7. Cornbread: Add blueberries to your favorite savory cornbread recipe.

8. Spread: Mix together 1/4 cup slightly mashed blueberries, chopped scallions and about 1/2 cup mayonnaise. Use as a sandwich spread for a grilled chicken wrap.

9. Salsa: In a processor, finely mince 1 red onion, 1 jalapeno pepper and a handful of fresh cilantro. Add 1 cup fresh blueberries, a splash of olive oil, the juice of 1/2 lemon (or more, to taste). Pulse until the blueberries are just chopped, then season with salt and pepper. Serve with blue corn tortilla chips.

10. Cheese topper: Simmer 1 cup blueberries with 1 tablespoon sugar and a dash of hot sauce. When the blueberries have broken down and thickened, pour over a room temperature round of brie. Serve with baguette slices or crackers.


11+ Blueberry Recipes

Now I’m not saying I have a favourite berry or anything..because I won’t turn down any type of berry. But blueberries might actually be the best berry ever created. Have you every eaten them warmed by the sunshine, picked right from the field? Heaven. on. Earth.

I really love them fresh in the summer and we eat loads of them when they’re in season. I also buy a tonne of fresh blueberries and freeze them to enjoy all year round. This way I have blueberries ready for baking…pies, cakes, cobblers, oatmeals, jams…the possibilities are endless. So I’ve gathered my favourite blueberry recipes and am sharing them here with you today! Enjoy!

Sweet Recipes

Blueberry Cobbler

With just 10 minutes of prep, you can make this Blueberry Cobbler. A flavourful blueberry filling topped with a sweet and delicious biscuit topping.

Sour Cream Blueberry Pancakes

These Sour Cream Blueberry Pancakes are a family favourite breakfast recipe! The sour cream makes them so soft, tender and delicious. GET THE RECIPE HERE

Berry Sheet Pan Pancakes

These Berry Sheet Pan Pancakes are SO simple to make and are guaranteed to be a breakfast hit! Delicious. GET THE RECIPE HERE

Easy No Bake Blueberry Cheesecake Dessert

This Easy No Bake Blueberry Cheesecake Dessert is a light and delicious dessert! Made with a graham cracker crust, creamy cheesecake filling and a blueberry pie topping. A perfect make ahead dessert for any occasion. GET THE RECIPE HERE

Blueberry Hand Pies

Made with fresh summer blueberries and a tender flakey crust, these Blueberry Hand Pies are the perfect summer treat! Double the recipe if you’re serving a crowd. GET THE RECIPE HERE

Strawberry Blueberry Dutch Baby

If you’re looking for a simple and delicious brunch recipe, make this Strawberry Blueberry Dutch Baby (Puff Pancake)! Serve with whipped cream, syrup and/or more fresh fruit! GET THE RECIPE HERE

5 Minute Lemon Blueberry Oatmeal

This 5 Minute Lemon Blueberry Oatmeal is bursting with delicious fresh blueberry and lemon flavours! This is quick and hearty breakfast that is perfect for busy mornings! GET THE RECIPE HERE

Blueberry Buttermilk Muffins

This recipe for Blueberry Buttermilk Muffins is so delicious! Sweet, soft and loaded with blueberries! GET THE RECIPE HERE

Blueberry Buttermilk Breakfast Cake

Blueberry Buttermilk Breakfast Cake is a delicious way to use up fresh or frozen blueberries! It’s so good. Great for breakfast and snacking. GET THE RECIPE HERE

Blueberry Baked French Toast

This Blueberry Baked French Toast is creamy and bursting with beautiful blueberry flavours. This recipe is a keeper! Perfect for Sunday brunch or any special occasion. GET THE RECIPE HERE

Easy 2 Ingredient Blueberry Jam

This Easy 2 Ingredient Blueberry Jam is made with only 2 ingredients! This small batch jam requires no pectin or canning. GET THE RECIPE HERE

Blueberry Pie

Nothing better than a slightly warm Blueberry Pie with a tender flaky crust and a scoop of vanilla ice cream. GET THE RECIPE HERE

Blueberry Turnovers

These Blueberry Turnovers are made with a tender pre-made puff pastry crust, and are filled with a sweet jam-like blueberry filling. A simple and delicious treat! GET THE RECIPE HERE

Blueberry Quinoa Pancakes

These Blueberry Quinoa Pancakes are hearty, healthy and so delicious. A great way to use up leftover quinoa! GET THE RECIPE HERE

Banana Blueberry Bombs

Banana Blueberry Bomb Muffins are a great way to use up bananas and blueberries. Delicious and healthy. These are a lunchbox favourite. GET THE RECIPE HERE

More Ideas to use Blueberries:

  • Add them to Frozen Sangria
  • Toss them in Fruit Salad
  • Make Frozen Blueberry Lemonade

Savoury Recipes

Blueberry Balsamic Vinaigrette

This Blueberry Balsamic Vinaigrette is so delicious and easy. It’s wonderful drizzled over salads loaded with fresh summer blueberries and peaches, flavourful grilled turkey, and goat cheese. So good. GET THE RECIPE HERE

More Ways to Use Blueberries in Savoury Recipes:

  • Add them to salads
  • Use them in chutneys
  • Serve blueberries with cheese
  • Make savoury jams
  • Add blueberry jam to grilled cheese

Beautiful delicious blueberries! YUM.

And because Lemon and Blueberry are a match made in foodie heaven, here are some delicious lemon recipes to try!

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