Monday, July 14, 2008

Seeing Blue!!

And boy do I mean "BLUE" I got out and finally picked 9 quarts of blueberries this morning. It was lovely weather and the picking was easy! Cleaning them up is so time consuming though. I usually lay a few handfuls out on a terry dish towel and kinda roll them around to get the stems off and then pick out any bad ones and pickup the rest and put in a bowl then, of course after I have a good bit in the bowl I wash and drain them. Today I have put them on baking sheets in the freezer to flash freeze then into ziploc bags and froze them. With this procedure I can get out the exact amount that I need for a recipe without wasting too many berries each time.
I also have saved out enough for some kinda dessert
but I am not sure what it will be as of yet. I will now try each day to pick a gallon or so and
"put up" some more in the freezer and can them. I will make some jelly and pie filling too.

It is not hard work but I was really slow getting to them this year cause of my other projects!! Thank Goodness blueberries are OK on the bush for a good long while once they are ripe!!

We have started getting squash and zuchinni along with potatoes out of the garden too. I should get my first cucumber either this afternoon or tomorrow!! Looks as if there will be lots of cukes and that is what I wanted for lots of pickles!! Oh yeah swiss chard is now ready too.

Danny is on vacation from his regular M-F job this week but of course is on his own bulldozer but he will be home earlier than usual. (he says but we will see about that!!) I am thinking meatloaf, squash, swiss chard and new potatoes for supper tonight and maybe a blueberry crisp with vanilla ice cream for dessert!! Sound Good????

Take care!


Nancy at ManicForMosaics said...

Becky - Man, those blueberries look DELICIOUS! To me, blueberries are the quintessential summer fruit! I think a blueberry crisp would be so tasty. My mouth is watering just THINKING about it! We have a blackberry bush but I don't pick them too much because the thorns shred me!

Sage said...

Hey girl! you're house is looking like mine right now!! Hubby and I picked a ton of blueberries the other day and I'm cleaning and freezing them today! WHEW! Already made some jam, and will make more before the season is over, so "HERES TO BLUEBERRIES!" You had a busy and exciting and all. Hope you can get it fixed! See you on the blogs and forums! Have a great day!