It is that time of the year again – blackberry season! I am constantly amazed when friends come to visit and can’t help but marvel at the free fruit that grows everywhere. We are so blessed to live in a place where blackberries grow wild. Unless of course they’re growing in your yard and threaten to knock down your fence!
Today, we are sharing four of our favorite ways to use up the delicious summer fruit of the West.
Fresh. Eaten fresh off the canes, blackberries are like juicy bombs of sunshine. Stained fingers and mouths are a sure sign of a berry picking trip. They’re best enjoyed by the fistful on the front porch in the summer heat.
Frozen. Many people may not realize that berries, especially blackberries, freeze extremely well. There is nothing like opening a freezer bag full of blackberries in January and instantly smelling summer. To freeze the fruit in an efficient way, line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Rinse and dry berries and spread in a single layer over the parchment. If you have more berries than can fit on the pan, simply add another layer of parchment on top of the first layer and then add more fruit. It is a freezer version of a berry lasagna. When the fruit has frozen completely, remove and transfer to a freezer bag. By freezing them individually, you’re able to grab exactly what you need throughout the year. Gone are the days of trying to hack away at a brick of frozen fruit when you only need one cup for a recipe.
Culinary additions. Blackberries are amazing in oatmeal, smoothies, paired with fresh yogurt, added to salads or given a chance to shine in baked goods. Homemade blackberry ice cream is a summer treat that you can almost convince yourself is a well-balanced dinner on a 95-degree day.
Liquid libations. The stunning flavor of blackberry is wonderful in lemonade, iced teas, or even these Blackberry and Peach Moscow Mules from Frugal by Choice, Cheap by Necessity (alcoholic and mocktail versions included). Your imagination is the only limitation to adding blackberries into refreshing drinks.
No matter how you choose to enjoy the blackberries that are all around us, one thing is for certain. At some point while picking, washing, or enjoying blackberries, laundry will be created. When that happens, Get Fresh Laundry is here to help with all your stain and berry-related mishaps. Life is short; enjoy berries and let us take care of the laundry.