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Blueberry Roundup

Blueberry season is a busy one for us as we process about 25 gallons of berries over 3-4 weeks.  It's not hard work, but it takes time.  Processing for us is a matter of sorting out berries based on quality.  We set up an assembly line on our kitchen table & it takes about an hour per gallon by myself.  With help, it goes much quicker.

The tricky part with little helpers is sorting & not filling tummies!  So, our process to sorting is to first clean the berries.  While they're floating in water, we scoop up a handful and put firm ones to be frozen, slightly soft ones for cooking down, mushy ones go to make vinegar and the shriveled ones go with stems & leaves for worm food.  

Next the freezing ones get laid out on cookie sheets covered with parchment paper & put in freezer until frozen.  Then, we transfer them from the cookie sheets into quart freezer bags & back to the freezer they go.

The mushy ones get put in a mason jar, smashed down & water added if juice doesn't cover.  Then, we cover the jar.  The jar gets checked daily & mashed down to get any air pockets out & ensure the berries stay below the liquid line.  After a week or so, we check on the jar less and let it sit for months while it ferments into vinegar.

Soft ones get put in a pot on the stove to cook down & fill the house with their sweet aroma.  We stir them every once in awhile & add some honey to sweeten if tart.  Hours later, we puree this, bag & freeze it some and make some treats like this brittle!

~Recipe Roundup ~

Blueberry Brittle

Blueberry Crumble

Blueberry Zucchini Bread

Blueberry Muffins

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