We found the best blueberry patch ever! I feel blessed that in all the places we’ve lived in the past couple years – from Boston to Chicago and now outside St. Louis – we’ve always been within driving distance of a pick-your-own blueberry patch. This year, we found a patch only 10 minutes from our house that’s beautiful, huge, and uncrowded. We came home with 10 quarts after 1.5 hours of morning picking.
We’ve been eating handfulls straight out of the fridge. Yesterday my 8 year old made “4th of July pancakes” all by herself by adding lots of big juicy berries to the flour, sugar, eggs, etc.
I learned the best way to freeze blueberries is to wash and blot dry with a clean towel; then spread on a large rimmed baking sheet and freeze for about 20-30 minutes. Then pop into a resealable zip-top plastic freezer bag, squeeze out most of the air, and place back in the freezer.
And of course a batch of blueberry muffins had to be made. I like lots of lemon zest and butter and white whole wheat flour in mine. They are a near-perfect (healthier) version of this gloriously rich Ina Garten recipe – to which I was introduced by my favorite farmers market baker in Chicago, Playful Palate. Plus these mix together super fast – for hungry blueberry pickers or muffin eaters everywhere!
If you have more blueberries on hand, here are a few other Teaspoon of Spice favorites:
Do you like to pick your own blueberries? Or get them at the farmers market? Or pick them up at Costco like my aunt?!