July: Red, White, and Blueberries
Along with the Dallas, Texas 4th of July celebrations, summer heat, and vacation time, July is also home to National Blueberry Month. To celebrate, we’ve gathered up some fun facts about blueberries and some recipes to try. Whether you eat them alone, as a topping for crepes, in pancakes, muffins, or even in a salad, blueberries add color and flavor to just about any dish you make at your LBJ Station apartment this summer.
Celebrate National Blueberry Month
Tips for Using Canned Blueberries
We most often use fresh or frozen blueberries for cooking, but using canned blueberries can be an option too. Canned blueberries are wonderful for creating a blueberry sauce. Boil down a can of whole berries, adding savory spices and garlic to create a sweet, caramelized sauce to drizzle over chicken, chops, or even salmon. Alternately, use vanilla, cinnamon, or even lemon juice to make a sweet, tangy accompanying sauce. Canned berries can also be drained (save the juice and use it later as a sweetener, syrup, in a smoothie, etc.) and used like fresh berries.
Using Frozen Blueberries
Frozen blueberries are versatile. Add a handful to oatmeal, yogurt, smoothies, or shakes, no special process required. However, when it comes to baking or cooking there are a few things you need to know. Blueberries tend to sink in thin batters or if there is too much air in the batter. The remedy for this issue it to not over-blend. Another trick is to toss the blueberries in cornstarch or flour, which will help them stay suspended. Another way to evenly distribute them is to alternate a layer of batter, a layer of berries, batter, berries, etc. Frozen berries are less likely to sink or explode during baking.
Here are some classic recipes:
Blueberry Pancakes — a classic. Pancakes dripping with blueberry sauce; yum!
Blueberry Muffins from Once Upon a Chef; add vanilla and almond extract to the mix for a subtle taste twist.
Blueberry Pie is a traditional favorite. Try this recipe with a surprising process that releases the powerful flavor.
What is your favorite way to eat blueberries? Do you have a recipe to share? Feel free to post it in the comments!