Berried in Berries

I am suffering from a bit of an addiction: berry picking. Summer is the time of year when I can restock my cupboards with homemade jams, cram my freezer with frozen berries (for smoothies, pancakes, waffles, etc), and fill my dehydrator with local fruits. I love picking berries and often always find myself bringing home a much larger stash of fruit than I had planned. Not to fret! It’s easy incorporating berries into daily meals/snacks/desserts!!

So far, I have dehydrated cherries, strawberries, and blueberries -primarily for snacking, but some will get tossed into a batch of granola eventually. I have also been making mass quantities of jam because somebody I know lives off of PB&J sandwiches. Homemade jam also makes a great gift for family and friends. One of the more recent jams I made was a blueberry jam with subtle hints of orange.

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Other jams taking up residence in the panrty:  raspberry, vanilla bing cherry, strawberry, and cherry syrup. Phew! Next up: dill pickles!!!

I have also started testing recipes for vegan cookbook author Brian McCarthy, who is working on a new cookbook!

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Blueberry Cobbler – subtly sweet, full of blueberry goodness, and simple to prepare

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Seitan Fajitas – Peppers, onions, and spicy seitan strips cozied up in a warm tortilla

If it weren’t so steamy and hot outside, I’d totally test the raised, glazed donuts recipe next!!! Although, we all must make sacrifices…

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12 thoughts on “Berried in Berries

  1. I’d have to agree that the hardest thing about picking berries is stopping. Because we’re moving soon, I can’t pick any this summer. Maybe I’ll find something to pick in late August!

  2. Oh, just the thought of blueberry jam with a hint of orange makes me salivate. I’m not a jam maker but I love blueberries more than any other and always freeze gallons every summer so I have them for a little winter love!!

  3. i am totally on a freezer kick. as of now i have frozen peaches, plums, raspberries, cherries, and apricots. have yet to make jam, though. can’t seem to find pectin anywhere, unless there are recipes that don’t need it. amazing stuff!

  4. I’ve only been berry shopping this year. Oooops. Homemade jam is such a fantastic thing to do. And that cobbler would be right in my mouth, if I could grab it.

  5. How am i missing these posts? See, this is what I get for being a lazy blogger who doesn’t subscribe to any RSS feeds. I just rely on my faulty memory to check things out.

    The cobbler looks great! I love fajitas, too… a lot. They used to have really great ones at Blossoming Lotus. And then they took them off the menu… the jerks!

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