With yesterday’s recipe for Chicken with Blueberry BarbequeSauce and my obnoxious rave all about summer fruit, I am sure you suspected
this post was coming.
for meal planning/recipe site Food on the Table) boring, especially when
compared to such posts as the S’mores Party and Backyard Campout (honestly how
can you top s’mores), I love all the useful information they provide, which
always comes in handy later on, like when doing important things like playing
along with Alex Trebek and the contests of Jeopardy every afternoon at 4:00
(man too bad these articles don’t teach me how to avoid run-on sentences).
out all the tasty blueberry recipes below.
cause an explosion in your mouth. Berry season is here and these beautiful,
plump, indigo berries can be found making their way to produce stands across
star like shape on their skin, are one of the few fruits native to North America. They belong to the heath family, which
includes cranberries, azaleas, and mountain laurel.
with vital vitamins and nutrients. Blueberries are an excellent source vitamins
C, K, and E, as well as, fiber, manganese and other antioxidants. Studies have
shown that blueberries, as part of a well-balanced diet, can reduce heart
disease, cancer, cognitive degeneration, and lower cholesterol.
and moves north as the season progresses to the end of September. When
selecting, lightly shake the container the berries are sold in; as fresh
berries should move around freely within the container while moldy or rotten
berries will clump together. Also, look for berries that are deep blue in
color, firm and have a slight sheen to their skin
they can be stored at room temperature for up to two days and then should be
stored in the refrigerator for about one week. For best results, pick through
and remove any moldy, discolored, or smashed berries before storing. Berries
should be washed right before using, not before storing, as the extra moisture
will cause them to age more quickly. If freezing fresh blueberries for later
use, wash and thoroughly dry berries. Then, place blueberries on a baking sheet
lined with wax paper and place in the freezer until frozen. Transfer
individually frozen berries to freezer safe packaging and freeze for up to
blueberries are a versatile food that can be incorporated into any diet using a
variety of cooking techniques. Enjoy blueberries raw as a healthy snack, or
added to salads, cereals and smoothies. Blueberries can be baked in pies,
muffins, or pancakes; and even lend themselves to savory dishes.