Last month my family picked 23 pounds of Rocky Mountain blueberries at a local berry farm. I made lots of jam, syrup and blueberry curd and put 2 quarts of berries in the freezer to use later. Here are a few of my favorite blueberry recipes in case you ever find your self buried in berries!
I make this blueberry jam every year, it’s a favorite! I use this recipe (adapted from the Food in Jars book). The Rocky Mountain blueberries that we picked this year have hard seeds in them – I ran them through a food mill with a berry screen and that worked great. If your berries do not have seeds simply cook them until they are nice and soft then crush them with a potato masher, the back of a spoon or use a stick blender to get them nice and smooth. I also omit the pectin and cook the jam until it is nice and thick. Blueberries have lots of natural pectin, no need to add more. I also make Blueberry-Lemon jam by leaving out the cinnamon and nutmeg and doubling the lemon zest and juice!
Seriously, is there anything better than homemade fruit syrup? I really don’t think there is. That little jar on the top of the stack was used on our sourdough pancakes this morning. The best!! I used the Ball canning recipe for this syrup. I made two batches, just to make sure we don’t run out.
I take it back, I love curd every bit as much as I do homemade fruit syrup. Fruit, sugar, butter and eggs… there is no way that can go wrong, right? You can use curd to fill pies and meringues, top ice cream, stir into yogurt, or you can eat with a spoon each time you visit the refrigerator (ask me how I know). The photo above is from the first batch I made. It was more of a sauce, I don’t think I cooked it quite long enough. It is perfect for ice cream and yogurt topping. The second batch set up firmer, better for pies and such. I used this blueberry curd recipe from tigress in a jam. I keep one in the fridge and pop the rest of the jars into the freezer for later use.
Do you have a favorite blueberry recipe, friends? Please share, I’ve still got those berries in the freezer to use up!