The tweets from @WegmansLocal tell the northeast supermarket chain’s customers when to look for local produce in their neighborhood stores. On Friday, July 8, Syracuse shoppers got one of their first Twitter heads-ups of the summer season: “@WegmansLocal arriving today at all #Syracuse stores 1st of the season blueberries from Tony Emmi baldwinsville ny.”
The season for local blueberries in central New York is short – only a couple of weeks. Readers can freeze the harvest by spreading them in a single layer on cookie sheets, and then pour the frozen berries into air-tight zipper-top bags or freezer containers. Making jam from part of the harvest will also preserve the fresh blueberry taste to brighten up next winter’s menus.
But with the harvest at hand, here are Syracuse Food’s top 12 ways to add fresh blueberries to today’s menus, from breakfast to dinner, appetizer to dessert.
- Blueberry pancakes: Use a favorite pancake recipe and stir in 1 cup of blueberries, or stir the berries into pancake mix
- Blueberry-orange syrup: For readers who’d rather have plain pancakes sauced with blueberry syrup, mash one cup of blueberries into one quarter-cup of orange juice, one quarter-cup of water, and a dash of cinnamon. Bring to a boil over medium heat and stir in two teaspoons sugar or sugar to taste until the syrup is as sweet as desired and the sugar is completely dissolved. Strain for a smooth syrup, or serve as is for a blueberry sauce.
- Blueberry yogurt: Turn vanilla yogurt berry-licious with fresh blueberries and a dash of cinnamon
- Blueberry protein shake: Mix plain or vanilla kefir, blueberries and vanilla whey protein into a tasty and nutritious morning shake
- Blueberries, cereal and milk: Sometimes the simplest use of fresh fruit is the best – are blueberries better with corn flakes or shredded wheat?
- Greens and berries salad: Mix fresh red and green lettuces, fresh basil and toasted walnuts with fresh blueberries. Dress the salad with a lemon-olive oil vinaigrette.
- Roasted sweet potatoes and blueberries: Dress wedges of sweet potatoes and blueberries with extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper and roast at 400 degrees for 30 minutes or until sweet potatoes are fork tender.
- Blueberry chipotle barbeque chicken: Grill chicken pieces until almost done. While chicken is grilling, make blueberry chipotle barbeque sauce: In two tablespoons apple cider vinegar, one tablespoon ketchup and one teaspoon of finely chopped chipotle pepper plus adobo sauce, cook one-half cup of fresh blueberries until they burst. Blend the cooked blueberry mixture until smooth, and use it to baste the grilled chicken during the last five minutes on the grill.
- Roast pork tenderloin with blueberry-herb stuffing: Use a favorite herbed stuffing recipe or a commercial herb stuffing mix, and to it add one cup of fresh blueberries and four or five strips of well-cooked bacon, crumbled. Butterfly the pork tenderloin, lengthwise, and stuff with the blueberry mixture. Tie the tenderloin to hold it together, and roast it at 425 – 450 degrees F. to an internal temperature of 145 deg. F. Let the roasted tenderloin rest for 5 minutes, covered, away from the heat, before serving.
- Blueberry corn muffins: Fresh berries wake up cornbread, and the mixture baked in muffin cups will wake up mornings or accompany the fanciest dinner.
- Blueberry vanilla ice box pie: Make a favorite no-cook vanilla pudding, and mix in 1 cup of fresh blueberries. Pour the mixture into a pre-baked graham cracker pie crust and chill. Top with fresh whipped cream and fresh blueberries, and serve.
- Blueberry ice cream: July is ice cream month, and what better way to celebrate than with this simple blueberry ice cream recipe from Food.com?
Need more ideas for the fresh blueberry harvest? See “Fresh Blueberry Recipes” by Providence Food examiner Donna Diegel.
This top-twelve list is just a start. How do you like to use fresh blueberries? Are fresh blueberries best in pies, cakes, crepes, blintzes, marinades, sauces, with vegetables or with meats? Share your suggestions with Syracuse Food readers with a comment to this article.
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