There's a perfectly good reason for doing so-canning and dehydrating. But to the casual observer, the strange woman in the hat and gloves buying massive quantities of berries must have looked odd. Now I'm faced with working my way through them this week, but I do think it was good to stock up while they were on sale, and somewhat local (within the country anyway).
Here's the plan:
2 pies, one unbaked for the freezer.
1 batch blueberry/peach preserves
1 batch blueberry/lime jam
2 dozen blueberry muffins individually wrapped for the freezer (quick breakfasts)
Frozen berries in 1 cup measures for pancakes through the year
1 batch blueberry syrup
Blueberry fruit leather
Bottled blueberry juice
Here's where I pass a bit of blueberry wisdom along from my many years of baking/preserving:
You cannot have too many blueberries. You'll think you over-bought, but once you get to work, you'll find yourself wishing you'd bought more when they were on sale. Dried blueberries in a coconut cake can make the worst of February bearable. Being able to bring a jar of unusual preserves as a hostess gift can save time, and will be appreciated. Being able to produce a pie, ready for baking from the freezer six months from now will make you glad you bothered in June. You grandmother was right-a bit of planning pays off.
I may look quite out of my mind with all those berries on the conveyer belt, but you already know what I think of that. Besides, the teenager at the till won't be eating blueberry pie in December, so who cares what she thinks?
Just wear old clothes when you make the jam-that shit splatters and stains.
Here's some of my favourite blueberry recipes from over the years:
Blueberry Gingerbread http://eattheblog.blogspot.com/2010/07/blueberry-gingerbread-with-bluberry.html
Blueberry Pancakes http://eattheblog.blogspot.com/2008/10/mamas-diner-blueberry-pancakes.html
Blueberry Cheese Coffeecake http://eattheblog.blogspot.com/2011/07/blueberry-cheese-coffee-cake.html
Blueberry Rhubarb Pie http://eattheblog.blogspot.com/2009/07/blueberry-rhubarb-pie.html
Blueberry Cottage Cheese Cake http://eattheblog.blogspot.com/2009/07/blueberry-cottage-cheese-cake.html
Blueberry Freezer Jam http://eattheblog.blogspot.com/2008/06/josephine-jam.html
Blueberry/Orange Ice Milk with Rosewater Cookies http://eattheblog.blogspot.com/2007/08/rosewater-cookies-with-orangeblueberry.html
Blueberry Cobbler http://eattheblog.blogspot.com/2013/07/blueberry-cobbler.html
Blueberry Clafouti http://eattheblog.blogspot.com/2010/06/blueberry-clafouti.html
Blueberry/Pear Chutney http://eattheblog.blogspot.com/2008/06/blueberrypear-chutney.html
Blueberry Muffins http://eattheblog.blogspot.com/2007/04/blueberry-muffins.html
Blueberry/Lemon Bagels http://eattheblog.blogspot.com/2010/06/blueberrylemon-bagles-and-cinnamon.html
Blueberry Buckle Ice Cream http://eattheblog.blogspot.com/2010/06/blueberry-buckle-ice-cream.html
Blueberry Kugel (Noodle and cheese pudding) http://eattheblog.blogspot.com/2010/06/blueberrycherry-kugel-noodle-pudding.html
(Almost) Jordan Marsh Blueberry Muffins http://eattheblog.blogspot.com/2007/06/wicked-good-muffins.html