Wonderful world of blueberries

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Published on July 21, 2021 with No Comments

Grab a boost of blue by the handful … or spoonful

Blueberries are simple, healthy and delicious in every form. Fresh and frozen, canned and freeze-dried, juice and puree. Consider all your blueberry snacking, cooking and baking needs met.

While most blueberry enthusiasts are familiar with fresh and frozen, the other forms might be less familiar. It’s always a good time to get to know your favorite berry a bit better. Here are the blueberry basics for each of the most common forms – and where you can learn more.

 

Fresh Blueberries

Form – Fresh blueberries; a silvery bloom indicates freshness
How to Store – Refrigerate and rinse before use
Use within 10 days
Hack – Put fresh blueberries in the freezer for later use.
How to Enjoy – Yogurt, cereal, oatmeal; salsas and sauces; green or grain salads; iced tea, lemonade, cocktails; parfaits, tarts, pies, cheesecakes; just by themselves.

Frozen Blueberries

Form – Frozen blueberries; rinsed and flash-frozen directly from the farm
How to Store – Freezer
Use Within 10 months
Hack – Swirl with milk for making “nice” cream
How to Enjoy – Smoothies; sauces; compotes, jams, chutneys; burgers; sorbets; pancakes, French toast, blintzes; baked dessert; or just by themselves.

Canned Blueberries

Form – Canned blueberries; preserved in sugar and water
How to Store – In a cool, dry place
Use Within 2 years
Hack – Enjoy on top of yogurt, or ice cream for a treat.
How to Enjoy – Use the whole can: sauces, compotes and chutneys
Use berries: drain and use like fresh blueberries
Use juice: syrups, vinaigrettes, yogurt, smoothies and glazes

Freeze-Dried Blueberries

Form – Freeze-dried blueberries; a crunchy, airy bite
How to Store – In a cool, dry place
Use Within – 10 years (unopened);12 months (after opening)
Hack – Toss into a salad to add subtle sweetness and a change of pace!
How to Enjoy – Use dry: snack mixes, rice crispy snacks
Reconstitute in liquid and stir into muffins, pancakes; green salads, Waldorf salad; puddings, cookies and cobblers

Powdered Blueberries

Form – Powdered blueberries; whole dried blueberries get powdered
How to Store – In a dry place
Use Within – 2 years (unopened) 12 months (after opening)
Hack – Include in a summer meat rub for an unexpected twist
How to Enjoy – Yogurt, smoothies, sauces, salad dressings: spices and rubs; cooked cereals; lemonade, cocktails; ice cream, truffles, frosting, gelatin, glazes, Pana cotta, meringues, whipped cream

Liquified Blueberries

Form – Liquified blueberries; single-strength juice and concentrates from fresh, pressed blueberries
How to Store – At room temperature (unopened); refrigerate or freeze after opening
Use Within – 9 months (unopened); 10 days (after opening)
Hack – Give your ice cubes a step up, then throw into teas and lemonade for added flavor
How to Enjoy – Agua Fresca, lassi, cocktails, iced tea, lemonade; vinaigrettes, marinades, glazes, BBQ sauce, ketchup; sweet sauces

Puréed Blueberries

Form – Puréed blueberries; single-strength and various concentrations
How to Store – Freeze (unopened); refrigerate after opening
Use Within 2 years (frozen); 10 days (after opening)
Hack – Skip the store-bought baby food – you’ve got what it takes, especially with easy-to-use blueberries
How to Enjoy – Sweet or savory sauces, dips, vinaigrettes; smoothies, sodas, cocktails, lemonade; gelatin, moose, parfaits, cake or pie fillings, pudding; frozen desserts; plate smears

Recipes and other ideas using blueberries

If you think you’ve tried all the blueberry recipes out there, think again. Picking up a package of blueberries can be a fun adventure – they taste great, they’re delightfully versatile, and it doesn’t take a master chef to create mouthwatering ways to eat them. There’s no wrong way to cook with blueberries! Ready to explore?

While most blueberry enthusiasts are familiar with fresh and frozen, the other forms might be less familiar. It’s always a good time to get to know your favorite berry a bit better. Here are the blueberry basics for each of the most common forms.

Blueberry Ice Cubes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups frozen blueberries
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon agave nectar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh mint, chopped

Instructions

  1. Purée water, blueberries, and lemon juice in a blender.
  2. Pour into ice cube trays, only filling the cubes halfway. Freeze.
  3. Fill the rest of the way with water and top each cube with 2-3 blueberries and a sprinkle of mint. Freeze again until hardened.

Recipe Tip

  • Add ice cubes to iced tea, lemonade, sparkling water, kombucha, or your favorite cocktail to add a boost of blueberry flavor!

No-Bake Blueberry Coconut Energy Balls

Ingredients

  • 1 cup frozen blueberries, thawed and rinsed
  • 1⁄2 cup coconut flour
  • 1⁄4 cup maple syrup
  • 1⁄4 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1⁄2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

Instructions

  1. In a food processor, combine blueberries, coconut flour, maple syrup, and coconut oil until blended.
  2. Shape into 1-inch balls; roll in shredded coconut.
  3. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Recipe Tip

If you’ve got 5 minutes and a food processor, you can whip up No-Bake Blueberry Coconut Energy Balls as a make-ahead treat for the week! Perfect for snacking on the go, the bite-sized energy balls are loaded with blueberry flavor. Roll them in chopped nuts for extra crunch, or dip in melted chocolate for a sweeter finish.

No-Bake Blueberry Energy Balls

 

Ingredients

  • 1⁄2 cup frozen blueberries (thawed)
  • 6 dates (pitted)
  • 1⁄2 cup gluten-free oats
  • 1⁄4 cup almond butter
  • 1⁄4 cup chia seeds
  • Optional: 1 teaspoon acai powder

 

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients in a food processor and pulse until ingredients are combined and sticky.
  2. Using your hands roll, mixture into balls, about 1-2 tablespoons each. If it gets too sticky, dip your fingers in lukewarm water to help smooth the balls out.
  3. Place on a plate or in a container, cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Serve and enjoy!

About This Recipe

These sticky and delicious blueberry energy balls are your little morning time-savers. Only five ingredients and about five minutes till you have a handful of quick grab-and-go blueberry energy balls that will fill you up and keep you going all day long.

Blueberry Creamsicles

Ingredients

  • 1 1⁄2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 1 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 1 1⁄4 cup unsweetened coconut milk (from a carton)
  • 3 tbsp coconut cream
  • 1⁄4 tsp grated lime zest

Ingredients

  • 1 1⁄2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 1 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 1 1⁄4 cup unsweetened coconut milk (from a carton)
  • 3 tbsp coconut cream
  • 1⁄4 tsp grated lime zest

About This Recipe

Blueberries and coconut are a match made in popsicle heaven. These velvety soft and refreshing blueberry creamsicles will take your dessert game to the next level. Don’t have a dessert game? No worries, these blueberry creamsicles are simple enough to make for even the most novice chef.

For more recipes, visit blueberry.org/recipes

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