Blueberry Recipes for the Whole Family | Culinary and peasant recipes

Picking blueberries is a great way to indulge in an outdoor family activity. Blueberries are a healthy snack that can be eaten raw or canned to enjoy anytime. If you can’t get to a blueberry field, you can usually find good quality berries at the grocery store or local market.

Penn State Extension’s recently released 2022 “Home Food Storage Resource Guide” states that 1/2 cup of blueberries contains 2 grams of fiber, essential nutrients like vitamin C and iron, and only 40 calories. .

When selecting your blueberries, choose those that are plump, firm, and have a light blue to blue-black color. If you plan to store your blueberries, the fresher they are, the better your end product will be. If you’re not using them right away, plan to refrigerate the berries and store or use them within 1-2 days. Don’t wash your blueberries until you’re ready to use them. Keeping them moist in the fridge can cause them to spoil faster. When you’re ready to wash the blueberries, rinse 1 or 2 pints at a time under cold running water in a colander. Mix or agitate fruit while rinsing. Do not soak the products in water.

A great way to preserve your berries is to make blueberry syrup. It can be used on ice cream, cheesecakes or waffles. The following recipe makes about 4 half-pint jars. When preparing this recipe, start with clean countertops and utensils. Wash hands with soap and water. Wash whole fresh blueberries by rinsing them under cold running water.

blueberry syrup

  • 4 cups ripe blueberries
  • 3 cups of sugar
  • 1/2 cup corn syrup
  • 2 tablespoons bottled lemon juice

To prepare the juice, remove all stems from the berries. Mash the berries in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Let simmer for 1 or 2 minutes. Strain through a colander and drain until cool enough to handle. Strain the collected juice through a double layer of cheesecloth or a jelly bag. Discard the dry pulp. The juice yield should be about 2-1/2 cups.

To make the syrup, combine 2 1/2 cups prepared blueberry juice, sugar, corn syrup and lemon juice in a saucepan. Bring to a boil and boil for 1 minute. Remove from the heat and skim off the foam. Pour into hot 1/2 pint jars, leaving 1/4 inch headspace. Wipe the rims of the jars and fit the lids. Process for 10 minutes in a boiling water bath or atmospheric steamer.

The nutritional information for 2 tablespoons of blueberry syrup is as follows: calories, 100; total fat, 0 g; saturated fat, 0g; carbohydrates, 25 g; fiber, 0g; protein, 0g; sodium, 1mg.

Another popular method for preserving blueberries is blueberry spice jam from Penn State Extension’s “Preserving Food at Home Resource Guide.” Blueberry Spice Jam is a great accompaniment on charcuterie boards, on breakfast toast, or with peanut butter on sandwiches. Recipe makes about 5 half-pint jars. When preparing this recipe, start with clean countertops and utensils. Wash hands with soap and water. Wash whole fresh blueberries by rinsing them under cold running water.

Blueberry Spice Jam

  • 2-1/2 pints ripe blueberries
  • 1 tablespoon bottled lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg or cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon of butter
  • 1 can (1-3/4 ounces) pectin powder
  • 5-1/2 cups sugar

In a large saucepan, mash the blueberries well, one layer at a time. Add lemon juice, nutmeg or cinnamon, water and butter. Stir in pectin and bring to a boil over high heat, stirring frequently. Add the sugar and bring back to a full boil. Boil hard for 1 minute, stirring constantly.

Remove from heat, quickly skim off foam and fill into sterile half-pint jars, leaving 1/4 inch headspace.

Fit lids and process for 5 minutes (in sterilized jars) at 0-1,000 feet altitude, or for 10 minutes at 1,001-6,000 feet altitude in a boiling water bath canner.

The nutritional information for 1 tablespoon of blueberry spice jam is: calories, 61; total fat, 0 g; saturated fat, 0g; carbohydrates, 16 g; fiber, 0g; protein, 0g; sodium, 2 mg.

Taking the time to store your blueberries allows you to enjoy your harvest all year round.

Penn State Extension’s new “Storing Foods at Home” guide also includes several other methods you can use to freeze or store your blueberries as well as nutrition information and storage tips. To purchase a copy, go to https://extension.psu.edu/preserving-guide or call customer service at 877-345-0691.

For specific questions about storing fruits, vegetables, and meats, call your local extension office to speak with a food safety educator. Customer Service can provide the phone number for your local Penn State Extension office.

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