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gulfcoastguy
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Well it is blueberry season and I picked a gallon sunday. Coincidentially todays paper was full of blueberry recipes. Of course they will have to be BTDisized as usual. Here are some.

Blueberry-Apricot Pot Pie

a 9 inch round pie crust from the store (or make BTD complient)
1/4 cup sugar
4 teaspoons cornstarch(arrowroot?)
3 cups fresh blueberries
1/4 cup dried apricots, diced

put individual baking dishes(4 needed) over pie crust and cut out 1/2 inch wider then dish, combine ingredients and put into buttered individual dishes, put crust on, cut small hole in crust, bake at 375F for 25 to 30 minutes. serve warm,

Spinach Salad Blues

1 minced shallot, 3 cups blue berries,
1 teaspoon salt, 3 tablespoons sugar
1/3 cup raspberry vinegar
1 cup vegetable oil, 2 bunches spinach
2/3 cups crumbled blue cheese or goat cheese, 1/2 cup toasted pecans

combine shallot, one cup of berries, vinegar, salt, sugar, and oil in blender

combine other items into a salad bowl and add vinegrette at last minute.

Vanishing Blueberry Pie
1 cup sour cream
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/4 cup sugar,
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 large egg beaten
2.5 cups blueberries
9 inch pie shell
3 tablespoons allpurpose flour
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
3 table spoons chopped pecans or walnuts,

blend sourcream, 2 tablespoons flour, sugar, vanilla, salt, and egg. Fold in berries. pour into shell and bake 25 minutes at 400F. Make topping with flour, butter, nuts and sprinkle over pie and bake another 10 minutes. Chill before serving.
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Those sound great!  But be thankful you are having a blueberry season.  A late frost got all the berries around here and now we are having a draught.   Thank goodness we froze a bunch last year.  We are enjoying them now!!   Thanks for the recipes!!!


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gulfcoastguy...wow blueberries already...we won't see any for another month or so.  There is supposed to be a frost coming on Saturday up this way...I hope we don't end up like you Jill N.  I like to pick and freeze for the winter also.

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Hmmm, I'll trade potential hurricanes for a frost in June.  Maybe! 95F today.
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Well it is blueberry season and I picked a gallon sunday.


Oh, I'm so jealous!!!

I absolutely adore blueberries, but here in London you can only pick them from the supermarket shelf and they are SO expensive.  Now, for 150g you pay £1.50 and they're on offer !!

I would eat tons of them every day, but it wouldn't be so good for my finances...
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They are so pricey because of the hand labor involved in picking them. They do have mechanical shakers now but the quality of the fruit, the yield, and the health of the bush suffers. It took my Dad and I an hour and a half to pick those on father's day.. i don't know if england has the right climate so they are probably imported. You do have great apples and gooseberries that we can't grow in my climate. Of course then figs grow real easy here...trade offs you know.
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How to be able to pick blueberries!  Our Costco is carrying large containers (2 lb) of blueberries for about $8.  They aren't organic, but I've been making a smoothie in the evening:  a little chunk of fresh pineapple, half a banana, blueberries, a few red grapes, a few strawberries, and a little soy milk or rice protein powder.  Just enjoying the season.
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Blueberries will be here in my area in about 2 weeks.  I go picking at a patch near me.  It seems like no matter how many I pick that they don't last me til next season.  It is becoming increasing more difficult for me to  venture out in the sun and bugs to pick...but I persevere.
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We planted a couple of blueberry bushes in our yard when we lived in CA. They grow really well in the Bay Area, but we don't have the growing season here in CO for that. I'm looking forward to seeing some reasonably-priced berries in the stores soon...


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Lucky you
my blueberries are normally ready around august - this year I think they ´ll be ready in 2-3 weeks time...
I´ve got the american type- lovely on cakes and in yoghurt-  but for cooking I prefer the small wild one- taste more blueberry like However we don´t have so many natural places around me... the soil is way to limey and heavy.


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Blueberries . . Love them!  I planted 5 bushes a couple of years ago.  Each is a different variety and are supposed to bear at different times.  They are about 3 feet tall now and are not very prolific yet.  Two of the bushes have maybe 1 cup each on them.  Two others have small, sour berries, only about 1/4 C per plant.  And one has not flowered yet.

Anyone know how to combat that sour taste?  Would something like magnesium in the soil be helpful?  Epsom Salts?



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I know blueberries like an acid soil, I don't know what magnesium or Epsom salt would do to soil acidity. Maybe call your county extension agent and ask what to do for sour berries? It could just be the variety of berry as well, though if they're really small and sour sounds like there's something wrong.

This morning I indulged and had a big, big bowl of fresh blueberries with almond milk and just a little brown sugar. Yum!! This was one of my favorite breakfasts as a child, when we would go pick blueberries all day long at the fields in central Michigan and come back home sunburned and bug-bitten, but loaded with dozens of pounds of beautiful berries to freeze and make into jam.

GCG--you can substitute sweet rice flour or spelt flour for the all-purpose flour in any of the recipes. As for the 9-inch pie crust, how about making a cobbler instead? Mix together some rolled oats, a little spelt or rice flour, cinnamon or allspice, brown sugar and some ghee or softened butter and top the blueberries with this mixture. Much easier and more compliant than a pie crust! If you make the topping a bit sweeter you can cut way back on sweetener in the fruit.

Try blends of fruit in a pie or cobbler as well. Blueberries blend with just about anything. I like them with peaches and raspberries as well as apples and pears. There's nothing like a mixed-fruit cobbler sprinkled with crispy toasted nuts right before serving.

Okay, I'm off to have a bowl of blueberries now


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We planted a couple of blueberry bushes in our yard when we lived in CA. They grow really well in the Bay Area, but we don't have the growing season here in CO for that. I'm looking forward to seeing some reasonably-priced berries in the stores soon...



The prices here have gone from $4 per half pint down to about $2.50 per full pint just in the last three weeks.
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The prices here have gone from $4 per half pint down to about $2.50 per full pint just in the last three weeks.


I was at the store today, and blueberries for 1/2 pt are still at $3.99...*sigh*. Next time I'm at Costco, I'm looking for the tubs...


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Okay all, I went and picked another 2 or so quarts today. Just happened to have a business meeting near my parents house and with a little creative timing.....   Anyhow Brig I did say those recipes needed a little adapting. Haven't found sweet rice flour yet and my driving to New Orleans Whole Foods is curtailed for a while$$$$.  While their I picked up a copy of another recipe. The crust is BTD perfect but I do need a substitute for the tapioca. The corn starch is easy, white rice flour.

Oatmeal Almond crust.

Grind rolled oats in a food processor till you have 1.5 cups, grind almonds or pecans untill you have0.75 cups, add 1/3 to 1/2 cup water and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Roll between 2 sheets of waxed paper, put in 9 inch pie pan. Bake at 375F for 10 t0 15 minutes and let cool.

Pie filling
3 cups unsweetened pineapple juice, 1/4 cup granulated tapioca, 1/4 cup corn starch, 3 cups blueberries.
Mix tapioca and corn starch with 1 cup of juice and stir. In stainless steel pot heat 2 cups of juice and blueberries untill hot but not boiling, then add the starch mixture. Sir over medium heat for 10 minutes but don't boil. Let cool. Add 2 to 4 cups more berries and fill crust. Refrigerate.

This is somewhat tart so some may want to add some agave nectar. I am a nonnie who does poorly with real sugars so I limit myself to veggie glycerine or agave nectar. It also means most people like things sweeter than I do.

PS. Sweet mother of pearl!!! Just checked the typebase for tapioca. A's, Bnonnies, and O secretors are golden for it. Chock up another for nonniehood!.

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arrow root if compliant for your type is a better sub for corn starch, in my opinion.

for tapioca, rice maybe.


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Haven't found sweet rice flour yet


Look for it at an Asian market (that's where I found mine).


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Haven't found sweet rice flour yet


Trader Joe's carries a 1 lb bag of organic sweet rice flour -- if that's closer.
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Our Costco is carrying large containers (2 lb) of blueberries for about $8.  


Our Costco is selling 18 oz. clamshells of blueberries for $4.99. I bought two. There's twice as much in the package as the grocery stores are selling at the same price.

Thanks for the tip!



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GCG--if tapioca is okay for you, use it. It makes a nice clear thickener. 'Minute tapioca' works really well, if you can find it--you get the same results without the 'fish eggs' effect.

Oat flour is a decent thickener. You can make your own by throwing some oats in the blender and then sifting the result to get the bigger chunks out, if you can't find any in the HFS. It would work in place of the cornstarch, but it will make a cloudier filling, if you care about that. Blueberries do need more thickener as they tend to be pretty juicy.

Thanks for the recipe! I'll have to give it a try when we have blueberries again, probably tomorrow. I buy them fairly frequently when the season is on.


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Well I made the pineapple-blueberry pie for a yoga party and everybody loved it. Why is it women are surprised when a guy can cook? I mean look at Emerrill, Bobby Flay etc! Anyhow I added a 1/4 cup of agave nectar to the recipe and it came out fine.
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I was at Costco again today and they are selling 32 ounces of fresh blueberries for $6.99! Needless to say, I bought another container.


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I'm going to have to go bribe my new bushes into growing faster. My sister picked some at my dad's house then calculated the value based on the little boxes at WallyWorld.......$76.00!
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Blueberries . . Love them!  I planted 5 bushes a couple of years ago.  Each is a different variety and are supposed to bear at different times.


would you mind sharing the varities you bought that are really yummy tastin'?
and if it's acid soil that they love, I'll be glad to give you some of my pines needles
     I must remember this when I plant my own.  does anyone know if this is true of elderberry bushes as well. just planted 2 this spring.



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