Not all of us have time or space to can our harvests. I don’t even have space to keep the equipment needed to can, let alone the jars. So, I often need to find other ways to preserve my berries. Last summer I took the kids to a you-pick farm and we got LOTS of blueberries. So many that I didn’t have to go again this summer. So, how did we preserve the blueberries?
Well, mostly, we froze them. And we made refrigerator jam. And we made cobbler. And muffins. And blueberry lemon bread.
The beauty of all this is I have a huge freezer and I was able to freeze not only the berries but some of the breads too! And when my jar of refrigerator jam is empty I can pull berries from the freezer and make another batch.
Whole Wheat Blueberry Muffins
These soft moist muffins are a great make-ahead breakfast treat that you can freeze for later! I love making them in mini-tins because they thaw fast and are perfect for snacks. The larger sizes are nice to have on hand for busy weekends or unexpected company. Thaw, warm and serve with scrambled eggs and orange juice for a hassle free breakfast.
Blueberry Lemon Bread
Oh, y’all. This is the most delicious summer treat. It’s not a crumbly cake bread. It’s actually very dense and baked-custard like. But, it’s the perfect blend of sweet and tart and the drizzle of lemon icing just keeps you coming back for more!
Recipes You Can Make With Frozen Blueberries
Blueberry Refrigerator Jam
This is a favorite at our house. You can use just about any kind of sweet fruit, but blueberry is the best. Once set, this jam will stay good for up to two weeks in the fridge. And it’s so easy to make with frozen berries that you can make more whenever you want!
Crock Pot Berry Cobbler
Chewy and crisp around the edges, just begging for a scoop of homemade vanilla ice cream, this cobbler won’t even heat up the kitchen!