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5 Things to Know About Blueberries


5. Cooking with Blueberries
Blueberries can be used in recipes or just eaten plain. They are wonderful in baked goods, jams, pies, pancakes, salads, or, best of all, with a simple dollop of plain sheep’s yogurt. Fresh or frozen berries can be used in baked goods, but frozen berries will discolor the batter. To prevent this blue “bleeding,” roll the blueberries lightly in flour before adding them to the batter. It will help to know a few tried-and-true tips about cooking with fresh or frozen blueberries:

  • When making blueberry muffins, the blueberries should be the final ingredient you add, just before you pour the batter into the muffin pans.
  • Avoid over mixing blueberries in batter, as it may break the fragile berries and release their color.
  • Fresh, frozen, or dried blueberries can be used in muffins, cakes, pancakes, and waffles.
  • Use only fresh blueberries for topping cold cereals, baking fruit pies, and making fruit salads.
  • Tossing blueberries in flour before adding them to cake batter keeps them from sinking to the bottom of the pan.
  • When using frozen blueberries, increase baking time by 10 minutes for cakes and as much as 15-20 minutes for pies.
  • Eat them all year long by keeping a supply of frozen berries in your freezer.
  • Use blueberries to make a quick sauce for desserts and ice cream by heating frozen blueberries in a saucepan with a little juice or water and thicken with arrowroot powder.
  • No matter what your culinary experience, you will find blueberries are easy and virtually foolproof to use in recipes.

Excerpted from, The Everything Superfoods book by Delia Quigley.

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Delia Quigley

Delia Quigley is the Director of StillPoint Schoolhouse, where she teaches a holistic lifestyle based on her 30 years of study, experience and practice. She is the creator of the Body Rejuvenation Cleanse, Cooking the Basics, and Broken Bodies Yoga. Delia's credentials include author, artist, natural foods chef, yoga instructor, energy therapist and public speaker. Follow Delia's blogs: brcleanse.blogspot.com and. To view her website go to www.deliaquigley.com

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8:18PM PDT on Jun 25, 2013

Blueberries are Fantastic! Thanks for sharing.

6:17AM PDT on Sep 2, 2011

thanks- taste good and healthy too!

5:04PM PDT on Jul 14, 2011

I never eat processed foods. I like putting together blueberries; blackberries and raspberries into a large container of plain Balkan yogurt with a good helping of top grade buckwheat honey. I like to eat that at least twice a week.

6:02PM PDT on Jul 8, 2011

Beware of the processed foods using blueberries in their name or displayed on the packaging. Read the ingredients. There are so many ways to imitate a blueberry.

12:50AM PDT on Jun 30, 2011

thanks

8:09PM PDT on Jun 29, 2011

oh, reading about blueberries really make me want to eat some right now... especially the last page.

9:56PM PDT on Jun 28, 2011

thanks for sharing.

3:51PM PDT on Jun 28, 2011

blackberries are just delicious besides nutritious. Thanks for this informative article dear.

5:55AM PDT on Jun 28, 2011

thankssss

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