BLUEBERRIES! It was a fun hour of picking and Mark and I ended up with about 20 cups of blueberries for $18. We brought them home, rinsed and found only 2 green berries, not bad.
After canning today, I still have about six cups of blueberries left.
The first thing I did was to start some blueberry basil vinegar. Doesn't that sound dreamy? After four weeks of a swirl every day or two, I'll strain off the fruit and we'll have blueberry goodness to mix with oil and sprinkle on our salads. Is your mouth watering too?
The next recipe I did was Blueberry Citrus Conserve. I thought of how much daddy loves blueberries and how much he and momma both love orange marmalade. What a wonderful combo! I ended up with six half-pints.
Finally, I made some Mixed Berry Jam. I increased the recipe to use six cups of blueberries and two cups of strawberries that I had purchased at the height of Plant City Strawberry season and sugared, then froze. I didn't want it too sweet, so I reduced the sugar to 4 cups instead of 6. Running short of smaller jars, I canned three pints and about 2/3 of a quart jar that will go right into the fridge once it has cooled. The sweetness is perfect and the flavor of the strawberries and blueberries is 50/50, only a mild disappointment as I wanted more blueberry flavor, but a taste test on a slice of toasted buttered farm bread confirmed absolute deliciousness!