A few blueberry tips

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A few blueberry tips
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Fri, 08-03-2012 - 7:03am

Store fresh blueberries covered in the refrigerator and use within 10 days of purchase. Wash just before serving. 

Coat blueberries with flour or starch before integrating into batters. This will prevent excess blue batters and the blueberry from sinking to the bottom of muffins/breads.

Freezing Blueberries:

Use berries that are unwashed and completely dry before popping them into the freezer.  Completely cover the blueberry containers with plastic wrap, store in an airtight, resealable plastic bag, or arrange dry berries in a single layer on a cookie sheet.  When frozen, transfer berries to plastic bags or freezer containers.

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Fri, 08-03-2012 - 5:31pm
Mine never would last 10 days. In fact apart from maybe once a year the only blueberries I buy are frozen, but they work for most things.
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Sun, 08-05-2012 - 4:24pm

Just wish I could say thanks for the blueberry tips Kim.   I wish!   How nice it would be to have enough blueberries to have to worry about keeping them fresh.      I do use the frozen blueberries like Suzi and always throw them in muffin mixture frozen to stop them bleeding too much if you know what I mean.   EWW that sounds gross!

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Sun, 08-05-2012 - 6:29pm

Ewww that does sound gross, but I do know what you mean. Love blueberry muffins. wish I had one for morning tea today. Will be out most of the morning and doubt I will have time to eat anything.

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Mon, 08-06-2012 - 6:38pm
LOL! Yes I do know what you mean. I don't buy "fresh" blueberries during the winter so try and stock the freezer with them when I can.
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Mon, 08-06-2012 - 6:41pm
I made a batch of jumbo size blueberry muffins to take camping with us. They are large so half a muffin is good. I toasted them in a fry pan and served Sunday with fruit, scrambled eggs, maple flavored breakfast sausages and choc. chunk pancakes. I like to make something I know the kids will eat and the pancakes are always a hit.
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Mon, 08-06-2012 - 6:50pm
Oh yum, what a feast. At the moment with muffins I am trying to perfect getting the oversized top on them like the ones in the stores. So far have used slightly thicker batter and filled more. Seemed to help heating the oven more then turning down when putting them in.
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Tue, 08-07-2012 - 5:40pm

I have wild blueberries also know as billberries, sadly they cant be used as   American Blueberries in recipes, I see all these yummy recipes and my berries act differently so I get soup when I make cobblers and pies.

The only tip that I know works for both  is stains on hands can be removed with lemonjuice.

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Tue, 08-07-2012 - 6:35pm
Yes the recipe I use is a thicker batter and I do fill them a bit more. Also add a hair over tsp of baking powder.
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Tue, 08-07-2012 - 6:37pm
Wonder if they would work for blueberry jam, most recipes only use the juices so might work well.

Thanks for the tip, forgot about the lemon juice!
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Tue, 08-07-2012 - 6:43pm
Yup lemon juice works great.
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